So you want to pick up a side hustle to earn some extra cash, help others, and get paid for your passion-- but you're simply exhausted from your full-time job and being a full-time parent (if you have children). There's no doubt those priorities demand time, patience, and your undivided attention. But there are ways to pull off a side hustle with a full-time job (and children).
The first thing you'll need to examine is your mentality.
You'll have to change the way you view those precious moments of "free time" during the daily grind. All of us have 24 hours in a day. It's how we use those hours, especially the few free ones, that sets people apart. Some people take full advantage of extra time to crush a side hustle or do something they're passionate about, while others binge watch on-demand TV. There's no harm in binge watching TV shows if you want to relax and unwind from a grueling day. But if you're ready to get ahead financially, you must look at any free time you have as an opportunity.
Once you've convinced yourself that you're going to make the most of your free time, it's all about being and staying committed.
I have a demanding full-time job. It's a high pressure position as an Executive Producer. I put my main focus on my career, but whenever I have free time, I make sure I'm committed to my side hustles. For example, I have the day off today. I'm writing this blog post right now, in an effort to help you pull off a side hustle with a full-time job. After I publish this post, my wife and I are going to deliver packages with Amazon Flex. It's a three hour shift that we'll probably finish in two hours because we'll be working as a team. We'll get paid $66.50 for a few hours of our time (we'll also deduct 53.5 cents per mile for taxes). We'll be free by 2:30 p.m. to enjoy the rest of our time together.
HOW I PULL IT OFF:
I work Monday through Friday, from 2:30-11:30 p.m. I need side hustles that I can crank out in the morning and on the weekends. If you work from 9-5 or any other shift, you can pull these side hustles off, too.
Because I must follow a tight schedule and meet strict deadlines every night at work, I want my side hustles to be "on-demand". I want to side hustle when I want to side hustle-- not when someone else tells me to. That's why, during the work week, I enjoy blogging and designing custom tees, tanks, and hoodies. I am passionate about writing, side hustles, and helping others-- the three main reasons I started this blog. I can write about any topic, whenever I want. In fact, I'm writing this post in my bed... in my underwear! There's a tough image.
As mentioned, I enjoy designing tees, tanks and hoodies. I use the website, "Teespring.com", because it's free to sign up and start designing immediately. You don't have to put any money down. You only get paid if someone buys a shirt you design. There's nothing to lose. I design t-shirts for people like me-- bloggers, entrepreneurs, and side hustlers. And again, I can design those items from the comfort of my couch, whenever I want to.
My main weekend side hustle (when I'm not working on my blog or designing) is Amazon Flex. I don't mind working a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday to deliver happiness wrapped in brown boxes and get paid between $18-26 per hour. The extra cash never hurts! I choose the short shift I want, and I get to listen to my favorite music while delivering in my own vehicle. That's an awesome work environment for me-- almost as good as my couch or bed.
So there you have it. If you think you can't pull off a side hustle because you have a full-time job, I hope I just proved you wrong. You can do it! It's all about mentality, commitment, and taking that first step (they say it's the hardest one).
Thank you for reading,
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