Never have enough hours in the day? Want to earn money on the side but can’t find the time?
If you are on a budget and trying to save money you may well have thought about getting yourself a small part time job or a side hustle as it is increasingly known. Earning extra money is a great way to pay down debt quicker or increase your savings. When you are busy bee it’s often difficult to find 5 minutes for yourself.
The thing is, you are already working your day job, have children or other commitments, have a partner and a house to keep tidy. Where are you going to find the time to work on your side hustle? Needing the money is one thing, finding the time is completely different.
I can guarantee you have spare time which you could use to earn extra money. However you may already be using that time for things that aren’t now a priority. You need to be honest with yourself and decide if you want to free up time or not.
You have 24 hours
At work you may well have undertaken a time and motion study at some point. One of those fab studies where you record in 5/10/15 minute blocks what activity you were undertaking.
Personally I find these studies a pain in the backside. If you struggle to complete your job in your set hours, undertaking a time and motion study just adds to your workload!
If you undertook a time and motion study of your 24 hour day including non-employment time I bet you would find spare time. Time when you were faffing! Time where you were browsing Facebook to see what everyone has been up to since last time you checked.
I know I shouldn’t but it’s addictive! Nothing wrong with checking Facebook but if you want to find time to earn extra money this might be something you can reduce.
You may already do some of the time saving ideas below but I am sure you will find a few that can create more time for your side hustle. So let’s look at where you can save time:
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1.Automate your finances
Get every bill you possible can on monthly or annual payment. This includes your savings, pension payments, childcare etc. Automating all your recurring bills frees up your mind and your time to concentrate on other things.
2. Online grocery shopping
If you don’t already do your grocery shopping online then now is the time to get it organised. Your initial shop may take a little longer as you get used to the supermarket website but after that you will find it really doesn’t take long at all.
Most websites remember your previous orders and favourites making it very easy to re-order regular items. Buying a bulk delivery passes bringing the cost down to as little as £1 a time. You probably use more petrol than that driving to and from your local supermarket.
You may well save money ordering online as you are less likely to snap up extra items as you won’t see them.
3. Create your own work uniform
Wearing a uniform to work saves so much time in the morning. You don’t need to think about:
- what to wear
- whether it suits you
- what accessories go with it
- did you wear it last Tuesday
- what shoes go with that item
Unfortunately many places of work don’t insist on a uniform but you can create your own uniform. Time every morning is one thing you will save.
4.Have a clothing ban
Instigate a clothing buying ban. If you don’t buy clothes then you won’t waste time shopping for them. Let’s face it most of us who go out to buy clothes spend at least 2 hours if not all day (shudder) to pick up a couple of items.
You may also be tempted to buy a coffee or lunch whilst you’re out. Having a ban on new clothes means you claim back all of that shopping time.
5. Get up earlier
Many people espouse getting up early to create more time to work on their side hustle. First thing in the morning you are fresh, the kids haven’t got up yet and the house is quiet. 5am may seem early but getting an hour or two head start on your side hustle is a great thing. Then you crack on with the day job knowing you have already earned some extra money before you left the house.
6. Stay up later
Everyone’s sleep needs are different. There are studies that suggest an optimum number of hours per sleep. But do you need that number every day? Working later in the evening a couple of days a week could really carve out some great working time.
The combination of the two points above could equate to less sleep. You’ll need to figure out what works for you. Just don’t end up with sleep deprivation, that’s not cool.
7. Watch less TV
Hands up all of us who still have a TV? Hand up those with cable/satellite? Yep me too! Now how regimented are you with your TV watching? Do you switch on for your favourite programme and switch back off again at the end? No? Me neither!
If you watch TV every night then here is a golden opportunity to re-prioritise that time and convert some of it to side hustle time. Not all of it, we still need our decompression time, just maybe not quite so much of it.
8. Have a social media ban or reduction
Are you on Facebook? Instagram? Whatsapp? Snapchat? I’ve just created a Twitter account and yikes I can easily lose 30 minutes on there checking what others have tweeted.
How much time do you spend each day on your social media accounts? An hour a day gives you 7 hours a week to work on earning extra income. Social media can be such a time suck. If you want to create more time, here is a good place.
9. Use your lunch hour
If you get an hour for lunch every day, what do you do with it? Read a book, chat with friends, check social media? You could ring fence 30 minutes of your lunch break to your side hustle. You could focus on planning, research or writing depending on what your side hustle is.
10. Utilise waiting time
Don’t you just hate waiting in your doctors surgery? At the hospital? In the bus queue? Use this time wisely. Whatever your side hustle is, there is bound to be something you can do for it whilst standing in a queue.
I write blog ideas and my to-do list whilst in a queue. Nothing too involved. Being in a queue is an ideal time to take a step back and think about what you need to be doing this week, this month.
I downloaded a post-it notes app which I use for my to do lists. Others use Trello or Google docs to make notes. Whatever works for you.
Use your time to do more than one thing. If you commute to work, is there something you can listen to which links to your side hustle? When you are washing the dishes, can you combine it with listening to something that develops your knowledge?
12. Maximise your weekend
Weekends are precious but do you make the most of them? Do you get to the end of the weekend or Monday morning and ask yourself what did you actually do over the weekend? Yep, I’m guilty of that one too.
Plan in some side hustle time and you’ll likely find you end up not only achieving that piece of work but you’ll also be more focused on achieving other non-work activities as well.
13. Negotiate the day job hours
Depending on your job and your company you might be able to condense your working hours which will free up a nice block of time. I condensed my working hours to 5 days over 4. This means working a 9.5 hour day excluding lunch but gives me an extra day off each week. You might be able to condense your hours maybe by opting for a reduced lunch break or longer days.
14. Use your spare vacation days
It’s not such a thing in the UK as not only do we get more annual leave/vacation than our American counterparts, we also tend to use all of our entitlement. However if you are in the habit of not using all your vacation time then use it for your side hustle.
Although I would actually encourage you to take it as vacation. The idea of only having 2 weeks off a year is yuck to me! I love my 6 weeks annual leave – also means I have plenty I can use for a side hustle if I choose.
15. Holiday down time
This isn’t for everyone but if you are determined to make your side hustle work, why not use a little bit of your holiday time? Those times when your partner is reading a book or having a nap. Carve out a couple of hours a couple of days on your holiday and you’ve gained some quality side hustle time.
16. Work while you commute
Commuting to work every day can be such a time suck. I worked in London for a while which involved a 2 hour commute each way. If you travel by train you’ll notice many people beavering away on their laptops. Who says it for their company? They could be side-hustling and you could be too.
If you travel by bus then you can still get online via your mobile phone . If your commute is by car then you’ll need to be a tad more creative. Listening to podcasts or audio books is a great way to increase your knowledge and skill base whilst driving.
- become more efficient with what you do
- know exactly what you need to do
- create clear goals
- max the skills you already have
- set a schedule and stick to it
17. Make money night
Devote one night a week to earning extra money. Maybe your partner works late or is out every Tuesday – make that your night to work on your side hustle. A concentrated blast of time and energy really makes a difference to how much you get done.
18. Say no more often
How many times have you gone along to events or shows that you feel obliged to go to? Because you’ve been asked? Go if you and the family want to, but don’t if you don’t.
19. Have realistic standards
Do you think that you should be cleaning the house every night? Maybe to make up for working all day? Stop! Lower your standards from the ideal to the realistic. You can’t do everything. If you want to create more time to earn extra money then excessive housework time is an easy win.
Not that I’ve ever suffered from spending excessive time on housework – just saying!
20. Ask for help
Embarking on earning extra money on top of your day job is something you are doing for your family and your joint future. Whether that’s to pay off debt or save for your future selves. Either way it’s not usually a solo enterprise. Therefore get your spouse and kids involved.
Ask them for their help. It could be with tasks associated with your side hustle or home jobs to create more time for you to concentrate a few extra hours on making money.
21. Use the gaps in your day
That gap between coming home and taking the children to their swimming lesson? Use it. We all have gaps between going to work, kids activities, making dinner or your favourite TV programme. You can achieve a lot in blocks of 30 minutes. Be aware of your daily time gaps and use them effectively.
22. Be super organised
I’m not doing so great on this one so it’s more about do as I suggest not as I do! I know when I am having a super organised day I achieve sooo much! I just wish I had these days more often.
If you work on being more organised you will reap the benefits twofold. You’ll achieve more in your side hustle and domestic activities. I know I do.
23. Delegate tasks
Some aspects of your side hustle might lend themselves to being outsourced to someone else. Many bloggers outsource the more routine admin activities required on their blog. Such as Pinterest pinning or creating printables.
At home why not delegate some of the household chores to your children? It might cost you a raise in their pocket money but you can gain time this way.
24. Batch cook
Do you cook from scratch every night? Make a fresh dinner or worse more than one dinner because of different tastes? Don’t do it.
Why not batch cook family favourites at the weekend or in your slow cooker/crock pot whilst you are at work. Make enough for at least 2 dinners and freeze the 2nd one. After a few weeks you’ll have a plentiful supply of meals that you can use every work night, freeing up precious time.
25. Create money making appointments
Are you good at keeping appointments you have made? Struggling to carve out the time for you to work on earning extra money? If yes, why not book appointments with your side hustle? Treat them as professional appointments (they are!) and make sure you turn up on time.
26. Utilise your peak energy levels
I bet you know when you are at your most productive. Early morning? Late at night? Use your best time to work on earning extra money.
I am pretty useless after 9pm so reserve mundane activities for late evening. Whereas first thing in the morning I can crack on with gusto. So early morning is when I write my blog posts. They take half the time if written in the morning.
Organise your side hustle and domestic chores to make best use of your productive time.
27. Prioritise what you love doing
Slightly quirky here but if you are like me you probably prioritise your time to do the things you love to do. And procrastinate on those we don’t. If you want to make sure you prioritise your time on your side hustle and making extra money then learn to love that work!
If you love working on your side hustle you will prioritise your time to make sure you can do it.
All it takes is effort
As you can see there are many ways to find and create more time to work on your side hustle and earn extra money. Not all of them will work for you but I bet quite a few would if you are willing to do what it takes. And that is the nub of the issue. You have to be willing to do what it takes.
Earning money takes effort – after all you put a lot of effort into your day job don’t you? Why would an extra job be any different?
The difference between the two is that your day job pays the bills whereas your side hustle may be buying you your freedom.
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