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A hobby hustle is a job that's related to your passions or interests. It doesn't really feel like work. It's something you would do even if you weren't getting paid, BUT you're monetizing it in some way.

“When you diversify and you build a hobby hustle, what you're doing is building up a skill set that's employable," says career expert J.T. O'Donnell. Who knows, your hobble hustle could end up growing so big that it becomes your full-time job. Or, you could lose your job unexpectedly and have your side business to fall back on.

These days, a lot of people are taking on a side hustle in addition to their full-time jobs. However, if you don't know how to balance your time between your full-time job and your side hustle, you might find yourself getting distracted, feeling overwhelmed, and performing poorly at work.

So, how can you manage this side business effectively?

Make Sure You're Pursuing The Right Side Hustle

"If you haven't found time for your hobby hustle, then you haven't found the right one," says O'Donnell. "The whole point of it is to do something that inspires you even if you couldn't make money."

If you still can't find time for your side hustle, then you need to go back to the drawing board and figure out what job inspires you enough to MAKE time for it.

Ask yourself: What hobbies do I enjoy? What activities do I like to do? How can I monetize them?

Schedule Time For Your Hobby Hustle

Woman manages her side hustle while working full-time

Just like you make appointments at the dentist, set aside time to go to the gym, and schedule dinners with friends, you need to make it a point to schedule time for your side hustle. Otherwise, you're going to have a hard time staying on top of it.

According to O'Donnell, even if you just set aside 30 minutes per week, that's enough. Dedicate some time to building your business, and slowly but surely, you'll create something you can be proud of.

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So, find something that inspires you and make time for it. You'll not only make a little money on the side, but you'll also do something you truly enjoy. Plus, you'll have a backup plan if something goes wrong at your current job.

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