Maybe you don’t make quite enough money at your job. Or perhaps you want to make extra cash to save for the future. Whatever the reason, you can run a business with a day job.
But you need to be strategic about how you do it. I’m sharing my top tips for balancing your business and job without burning yourself out.
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Take Advantage of Your Off Time
I’m writing this on the Sunday before it goes live, and it’s the second post I’ve written so far today. If you want to run a business with a day job, you need to take advantage of your free time.
Consider your days off and how much time you have before and after work. Set aside a bit of time each day to work on stuff related to your business.
Maybe this means doing a bit of social media marketing during your lunch break. Or perhaps it means writing blog posts on the weekends, like I do.
Do What You’re Good At
If you want to start a business while working full-time, consider your existing skills. Find a business that allows you to use the skills you already have so that you don’t have to learn something new.
Of course, you’ll need to learn some skills, like marketing and bookkeeping. But the fewer things you have to learn, the easier it will be to run your business.
Consider an Online Business
If you have a day job, you’ll most likely be running your business on a part-time basis. That’s okay, but it will be much easier to do if you can do it online or at least from home.
You won’t have to pay to rent a commercial space. And you can just focus on your commute to and from your day job when it comes to driving.
On your days off, you’ll already be home, so you can spend more time working on your business.
Include Semi-Passive Revenue Streams
If you want to grow your business with a day job, find ways to make money semi-passively. Ideas include selling digital products or doing affiliate marketing.
Sure, you may want to offer services to make some money sooner. But you only have so much time in your day, especially when you already work full-time.
Developing semi-passive or scalable revenue streams can help tremendously. That way, you can earn even more money without working yourself to death.
Focus on Revenue Generating Activities
When trying to run a business with a day job, you need to be careful with what you spend time on. I’ve started to focus on things that will actually lead to money in my bank account.
At least for me, that means writing new blog posts and updating existing ones. It also includes sharing my new blog posts to Pinterest.
Everything else either doesn’t lead to revenue, or if it does, it will take a long time to do so. That means everything else is a bit of a waste of time for me.
Outsource When You Can
One of the benefits of having a day job is that you have consistent income. You can use some of that money to hire help running your business.
Maybe you outsource your social media marketing, so you hire an assistant for a few hours a week. Or you might find an accountant to handle your finances.
Either way, hiring help can take some tasks off your plate. You can still grow your business without having to work as much.
Take a Course When You Can’t
If you’re short on cash, you may not want to hire ongoing help. But you can invest a bit of money into an online course.
Think about your weaknesses in your business, and find a course to help you. You can go through the material and then implement what you learn.
That may help you do things more efficiently, and you could start earning more money sooner. It’s definitely more efficient than trying to learn things for free from different sources.
Don’t Forget Self Care
Lastly, don’t let self care fall to the wayside. When you run a business with a day job, you’re working more than the average 40 hours per week.
But that doesn’t mean you get to ignore your own personal needs. Give yourself some down time each week, and make sure you get enough sleep.
Taking care of yourself will allow you to be more present when you work on your business. Then, you’ll be able to grow your side hustle.
Do You Have a Business With a Day Job?
Running a business with a day job isn’t for everyone, and it’s not easy. But it can be a great way to make some extra money.
Keep these tips in mind whether your business is new or established. And consider enrolling in The Instagram Marketing and Sales Academy if you want to use Instagram to market your business.