Your 9-to-5 and Your Side Hustle: Can They Coexist?


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So, you’ve got a full-time job that pays the bills but also a side business that you’re super passionate about. Sound familiar? You’re not alone! Almost half of us working folks have got something cooking on the side. It’s pretty awesome but also a bit like walking a tightrope, right? Let’s dig into how you can balance the two without losing your mind or getting into legal hot water.

Time Management: How to Be Everywhere Without a Time Machine

1. What’s Most Important Right Now? Prioritize!

Okay, listen up. You’ve got a ton of stuff to do, but not everything on that to-do list is going to make a big splash. You’ve got to figure out what’s super important and needs to be done now, and what can wait. This is where the Eisenhower Matrix comes in super handy. It’s basically a chart where you put your tasks into categories like “Do Now!” or “Not Important, Chill.” Trust me, it’s a lifesaver.

2. Block Out Time Like a VIP

Ever heard of time blocking? It’s like scheduling VIP meetings but with yourself. This strategy is a favorite of productivity ninjas like Cal Newport. You simply block out chunks of time in your day solely dedicated to your side business. No answering work emails or watching YouTube. It’s game time!

3. Weekends and Nights Are Your New BFFs

Weekends and nights are your free zones. They’re your uninterrupted time to dive deep into your side hustle. No bosses breathing down your neck, just pure, unadulterated focus on your business.

Setting Boundaries

1. Workspaces Shouldn’t Double as Dining Tables

You don’t want to be drafting a business proposal at the dinner table. Science says that having a designated workspace actually makes you more efficient. So, carve out a cozy nook at home for the side hustle. It tells your brain, “Hey, it’s business time now!”

2. Set Office Hours for Your Side Gig

If your family and friends know you’re working on your side business from 6 pm to 8 pm, they’re less likely to interrupt you. It sets a boundary and makes sure you get those precious, uninterrupted hours to work on your dream project.

3. Don’t Borrow the Office Printer

Seriously, don’t use your work computer or printer for your side business. It’s not just about being ethical; it’s also about avoiding some pretty messy situations at work.

Legal Stuff: The Grown-Up Part of Having a Side Business

1. Read the Fine Print on Your Job Contract

Before you go full throttle on your side business, do yourself a favor and read your employment contract. Some companies are pretty strict about employees running side gigs. Make sure you’re not stepping on any toes.

2. Be Transparent With Your Boss (If Needed)

If your employment contract says you’ve got to tell your boss about your side hustle, then don’t hide it. Openness goes a long way in keeping things amicable and conflict-free at work.

3. Money Matters: Keep ’em Separated

You absolutely need to keep separate bank accounts for your side business and personal stuff. It’s not just good adulting; it’s actually a legal requirement most of the time. Plus, tax season will be so much easier.

There you go! You now have a roadmap for juggling your 9-to-5 and your side hustle. It’s not going to be easy, but hey, nothing worth doing ever is, right?

If you have a Side Hustle or planning to start one, do write back to me. I would love to hear your strategy and plans. Find me on Instagram : docdeemishra

Deepak Mishra

Deepak Mishra

As a surgeon, I understand the importance of efficiency, time management, and effective decision-making. I have used these skills to build a 6 Figure parttime nonmedical business along with my full-time surgical career. I will draw upon these skills and combine them with my entrepreneurial expertise to deliver content that is actionable and results-driven. Whether you're a busy professional, aspiring entrepreneur, or simply someone looking to optimize their daily life, this blog is designed to empower you with the tools and mindset needed to succeed.

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