We can all benefit from new time management strategies, whether you’re a side hustler or not. The tips in this post are best for people with full-time commitments who would like to start a business on the side.


I’ll get straight to the point. You’re busy. But you want to make more money. You want financial freedom. And you want to feel fulfilled.

You know that starting a business can help you achieve these things, but you just don’t (think) you have time. If you didn’t know already, my philosophy on starting a business with limited time and/or money is that you should start off with your own side hustle and then grow it into the business you imagine having one day.

Why is that my philosophy? Because a side hustle comes with a lot less responsibility and pressure than a business that someone (including yourself or a bank) has already invested resources in. And, if you don’t have a lot of money, a side hustle is usually easy to get out of if you’re not able to keep up with it, or if a significant change happens in your life.

On top of that, the biggest step that your side hustle actually requires is getting started. Once you start feeling that extra money in your hands, you’ll wonder why you ever took so long to take this step (feel free to leave a comment if you disagree).

Let’s not pretend that it isn’t going to take any time, though. It’s not about starting your side hustle and putting your feet up by the beach for the rest of your days. Still, you shouldn’t have to feel burdened by the amount of time your side hustle requires, so I’m going to share a few tips that can help you add your side hustle into your life without making any drastic changes.

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Here are a few time management strategies for the side hustler

Assess your schedule

You have a full-time commitment already. Whether that’s a job or school or raising children, you’re busy. So, realistically, the idea of adding something else into your life might seem challenging or just plain impossible.

Before you rule your side hustle out, take a serious look at your schedule and see how you actually spend your time. The time management strategies I’m going to show you will help you assess how much time you really have, vs how much time you think you have.

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Find your stolen moments

You’d be amazed at how much you can get accomplished for your new business while simultaneously doing something else. A lot of the time that we spend entertaining ourselves can be used to build our businesses.

While you’re commuting to work, for example, switch out that crime podcast for a podcast on how to brand your new business. Or, switch out 15 minutes of Facebook for 15 minutes reading one blog related to your side hustle’s industry.

And I’m not talking about any old Facebook time, I’m talking about the time you spend scrolling while you’re waiting on someone to come back from the bathroom, while you’re sitting at a restaurant, or while you’re waiting on your train to come. Train yourself to think about your business in your downtime.

Look at what you can consolidate

Can you work on your side hustle and commute at the same time? That’s a great use of a stolen moment, btw.

Or can you work on your side hustle while you’re on your lunch break? Lunch breaks are a great time to get some business done. You have a limited amount of time to get a task done, which can help you focus on getting one critical task done each day.

Another great thing about working during your lunch break is that lunch breaks also don’t interfere with your schedule. You’re not tacking on an extra hour of work to your day. You’re using an hour, that you’d already be spending away from home, more wisely. This is one of the most simple time management strategies.

You don’t have to work during every lunch break, but if you can commit to 3 lunch breaks a week, you have the opportunity to make a huge dent in your business goals.

Consider what you can cut out

Although this is never first on my list, it’s one of the most obvious time management strategies. Think about things that you spend a lot of time doing that really don’t need as much time as you devote to them. Are you on the phone for hours with the same person—everyday—talking about nothing? Maybe cut that back to twice a week—unless one of you actually has something to say.

Or are you more of a YouTube junkie? Countless hours watching makeup tutorials probably won’t help you make any money unless your side hustle is beauty related.

It really doesn’t matter if you’re a reality tv fiend or if you’re killing every evening at the bar with your coworkers, there’s very likely something you do regularly that you can cut back on.

Think about something you can do less of that you honestly wouldn’t miss giving up for a little while if you knew that spending this time differently could help you make money from something you love.

Build it into your day job

If you need to build your skills, see if there’s a way you can get some of this at work. Is there a way to experiment with this new skill by contributing to it at work? Is there someone you could be learning from at work that you could find a way to spend more time with? Maybe there’s an initiative at work you can lead that would give you solid experience—and some sort of budget—without having to dip into your own time or money.

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And don’t write off the time it takes you to get to and from work. If your commute is longer than 15 minutes, you have enough time to do something as simple as read a blog or listen to a podcast related to your industry, send some side hustle related emails, or enhance your social media presence.

Not all time management strategies are about how much time you need to spend doing, or not doing, any particular thing. Some of the most productive changes can come from using your downtime more wisely, instead of trying to fit more things into your day.

When how you spend your time becomes important to you, you’ll easily see ways that you can make the most of every moment of every day.

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