Guest post by Jessie Deschane.
It’s Friday, finally (as I write this…)! I’m usually up at 5:30 am, then hop on the train to the gym while checking in on my full-time social media job to make sure nothing blew up in the few hours I was asleep.
Once I get into work at 8, I get to work until lunch, then jump into a breakout room with my Tupperware and start writing up a blog post for a client and schedule some social for my own blog. Oops, now lunch is done, back to the full-time job!
Train home at 4:30 pm, take a quick break on the couch and play with the puppy … and then pull out the computer to work on my own brand and social media management/virtual assistance biz for real.
Nights and weekends for me are “side hustle” time until I’m in a place that it can become my full hustle and you know what? I’m okay with that! But it can definitely be overwhelming. Here are five ways that I stay sane keeping up with my side hustles.
5 Ways to Stay Sane with a Side Hustle
1 | Make time (and budget) for self-care
This is one that I’ve struggled with the most, but it’s key. I’ve now budgeted in getting my nails done every 3-4 weeks. It’s something I love, it makes me feel pretty and put together for weeks to come and I deserve it, dang it!
If you’re putting in all of these additional hours and not exactly raking in the dough yet, do something smaller for yourself like a facemask every Sunday, buy yourself a latte or take a bubble bath. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, but something that you love to treat yo’self and celebrate how much of a boss you are!
2 | Get outta the house
I’m an extrovert, but I think this is important even for introverts. If you’re working at home, it’s pretty easy to be pulled into the dirty laundry, unloading the dishwasher, picking up after the kids (or puppy in my case).
You don’t have to go all the time, but I try to make it a point to go to a little coffee house that I love once a week. It totally gets my creative juices flowing and I get to feed off the energy of those around me #extrovertprobs. I’ll get to those dishes later. 🙂
Now, I don’t have kids yet, so I know it can be pretty hard to do that, so maybe take them to the park and work on a bench. Or sit outside on your patio, garden, etc. Or every once and awhile make your partner (or babysitter) take over so you can have a little time to yourself.
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3 | Talk to others
Personality traits aside, it’s nice to talk to other people who are going through the same things as you. I don’t know how many times I’ve posted in groups like VA Savvies, The Brightly Business Brunch or Being Boss saying things like “I’M SO TIRED, WHAT DO I DO” or “SOMEONE PLEASE REMIND ME WHY I’M DOING THIS.”
Support from other solopreneurs and side hustlers is amazing, and you don’t even have to leave your computer to get there. Facebook groups have become my favorite form of support aside from my life/business coach Amy, who has literally transformed my life.Today's guest post from @jessiedeschane us 5 ways to stay sane with a side hustleClick To Tweet
4 | Take a break
Don’t go overboard. Find out what is doable for you and your family and do that. But if you need a break, give yourself a break. Take the weekend off. Take tips from #1.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and panicked, you’re not going to be able to provide your best work. Recharge your batteries and then get right back out there.
Maybe your break is just a night, or maybe it’s a week. Do what’s right for you. That’s the whole point of starting your own biz, right? The flexibility you’ll get being your own boss. So be FLEXIBLE with yourself.
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5 | Do something you’re passionate about
To me, this is the most important bullet of all of my tips. I’ve lived my entire life working multiple jobs that drained me but writing a blog post or analyzing someone’s social media platforms is FUN. I love it. It gets me all pumped up.
Find something that pumps you up and do that. Don’t start an accounting business if you don’t like doing people’s taxes. Don’t start a social media business if you hate Facebook. Listen to what lights you up. Ask the people closest to you what they think you’re best at.
The online business world is so diverse right now that you can literally do pretty much anything that you’re interested in instead of giving up and doing something you don’t want to do just to make more $$. That’s the fastest way to burn yourself out.
I hope these tips resonate with you! Remember at the end of the day, you’re only human. Be kind to yourself and take it one step at a time. You can do this!
Jessie works as a social media manager by day at a startup in Chicago, then comes home to her own social media / virtual assistance business. Oh, and she has a blog and YouTube channel. When she’s not working or hustling, you’ll find her hanging out with her boyfriend and golden retriever puppy, trying out new restaurants in Chicago or planning her next adventure.
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