How to Balance Your 9-5 with Your Side Hustle | Guide

Woman sitting at her bedroom desk working on her side-hustle late at night

The young professionals of today are the most interesting and the most complex group to have on your pay role. Millennials are the highest generation to switch jobs and this can be attributed to a combination of factors. First of all, millennials are a generation that is fuelled by the internet meaning they are difficult to keep engaged for a prolonged period of time. Secondly, there is the high cost of living and low wages, particularly in the UK, which leaves a lot of young professionals unable to live even remotely close to the lifestyle they want and deserve, considering the work they are doing. So we are faced with the generation of side-hustlers who are simply not satisfied either creatively, financially or intellectually with their day job. However, it can be difficult to balance your side hustle with your 9-5 and extremely tiring. If you are struggling to do so, or if you are considering starting a job on the side but aren’t sure where to start, follow this guide to learn how to balance your 9-5 with your side hustle.

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Take your Side Hustle Seriously

Obviously your day job is a financial means to your survival, so you’ve got to stay on top of things at your 9-5. However, if you are serious about pursuing your hobby or passion into a career then you’ve got to take it seriously from day one. This means replying to emails with the same speed as you would your day job, respect people’s time and treat it like you are working for your dream brand or large corporation. The only way to get ahead in any industry is to earn trust and respect from your customers and collaborators.

Be Patient with Yourself

Be kind to yourself and forget about what others think of you. A lot of people who are just starting out make the mistake of looking at big players in the game and worrying about how it looks that you only have so many followers on Instagram or aren’t getting the business you want straight away. Remember that everyone had to start somewhere and you are doing the best you can with the time and energy that you have left after your 9-5. Be consistent and stick with it, if you put in the work and believe in yourself you will get there eventually.

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Structure and Organisation

As we touched upon in point one and two, it is important to manage your time effectively in order to succeed at your side hustle and without sacrificing your day job which is likely your main source of income.  Use calendars or dairies consistently and make use of project management systems or spreadsheets. Preparation and organisation is the only way you will survive your side hustle lifestyle.


With all of that being said, somethings got to give. If you already lead a very busy life with work, friends, family, hobbies, fitness clubs etc. then you add your aside hustle into the mix then you run the risk of dropping the ball or burning out. True dedication to your side hustle will mean that you need to make sacrifices in your social calendar. It also means that you will remain extremely busy, or if you weren’t a social butterfly previously, your calendar is about to look crazy full. Accept that you may have less down time and at times may feel like all you do is work. However, if you are truly passionate about your side hustle then it should bring you joy when you are on your way to success.