How to balance your job with your side hustle without burning out.

How to balance your job with your side hustle

How to balance your job with your side hustle without burning out.


Side hustle seems to be the buzzword of the moment, and it’s easy to see why. So many of us are adding to our income and adding extra strings to our bow away from our 9-5, whether it’s through blogging, freelancing or even making our own products and selling them on sites like Etsy.

But when you’re working almost every hour of the day, there’s one thing that can sneak up on you without you even realising, and that’s burnout. Burnout is a form of stress that can leave you exhausted, overwhelmed and even lead to serious mental health issues.

Here are some tips on how to balance your job and your side hustle without burning out.


Create a routine that suits you.

One of the quickest ways to find yourself feeling overwhelmed is by forgetting to stick to a routine. Your working hours are probably pretty consistent, but you might find yourself working on your side hustle at all kinds of crazy times.

To avoid this feeling, create a routine which allows you to spend time on your business at times which suit you, rather than feeling like you’re working 24/7.

If you’re an early bird, why not use those first few hours of the day to get some work done? Similarly, if you’re more of a night owl, you might prefer to get that hustle going after dinner. Just make sure you have set start and finish times.

We tend to stretch out tasks to fill time, so by setting a limited amount of time to work on your side hustle, you’ll probably find yourself being much more productive.

Utilise your lunch hour.

Instead of spending your break scrolling through Instagram or adding to your saved items on ASOS, why not utilise this free time to work on your side hustle? While it can be difficult to get more in-depth tasks done, you could tackle some admin, like updating your social media or answering emails.

Of course, you’ll need to make sure that this isn’t breaking any rules at work, and it’s important to make sure you have time to eat and take a real break as well.

If you use public transport to get to and from work, you can get a surprising amount done during this time, too! It’s all about using those pockets of free time productively.

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Look out for opportunities for your job and side hustle to improve each other.

Whether you’re an administrator with a freelance copywriting biz or a chef selling your prints on Etsy, there are often lots of ways your job and sideline can help each other out.

Remember, your employer is a successful business, that’s why they can afford to hire staff. So take note of the way the business is run to help you improve yours (or to see what not to do, in some cases!)

You can also apply the skills you’re learning to your main job. Running a business, no matter how small, is a great exercise in honing your communication skills, putting yourself out there and being more organised, which are all valuable skills in nearly every job you can think of.

Be open about what you’re doing outside of work, as you never know what kind of doors it might open, especially in smaller companies. As a personal example, I was asked to develop my former employer’s website because my manager knew that I had a blog which I’d designed myself. I loved being able to do something I was passionate about at work and I got to add a new skill to my CV.

Make sure you still have you-time.

As much as you adore working on your side hustle, it’s really important to make sure that you’re still looking after number one.

It isn’t healthy to be working all the time, and we all need a break. That’s why having a routine is a good idea, to make sure you still have time off. You could even add your self-care time into your schedule, so it’s non-negotiable.

It can be difficult to switch off when your head is bubbling with new ideas and things to do, but remember that your work will still be there when you’ve had a break.

Having a side hustle can be so rewarding - it’s a great way to make some extra money on your own terms and it can even help you get better at your main job! But it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and find yourself feeling stressed and burnt out. So follow the tips above to make sure you still have time for yourself and have a healthy work-life balance.


Written by: Julia.

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