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Tricks For Managing A ‘Hobby Hustle’ When You Have A Full-Time Job

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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 diversity and you build a hobby hustle, what you’re doing is building up a skill set that’s employable,” said 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 hobby 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 hobby hustle, you might find yourself getting distracted, feeling overwhelmed, and performing poorly at work. So, how can you manage this side biz effectively?

Make sure you’re pursuing the right side business.

“If you haven’t found time for your hobby hustle, then you haven’t found the right one,” said 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 business, 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 you I enjoy? What activities do I like to do? How can I monetize them?

Schedule time for your hobby hustle.

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 hobby 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, you just need to set aside time to dedicate to building your business.

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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Ariella Coombs Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.