How I Balance a Side Hustle with a Full Time Job

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Whenever I tell people about myself and what I do for a living their jaws usually drop a little closer to the floor by the time I’m done! I cram a lot of work into my 24 hour days but that’s how I am – I live the hustle. I’m incredibly lucky to have sponsors and companies that want to support A Thing of Beauty and the kind of person I want to be, but it isn’t always easy. I’m a full time marketing specialist, a blogger, a freelancer, a girlfriend, a best friend, a sorority sister and a daughter, and it can be challenging to balance all those roles in one person! So here’s my top secret tips on how to balance a side hustle with a full time job.

How I Balance a Side Hustle with a Full Time Job

How I Balance a Side Hustle with a Full Time Job

My #1 tip is to┬áschedule everything –

I would not be able to juggle as many things as I do without having a master schedule of everything. I set aside specific amounts of time each week according to my work load. If I know I have a large amount of posts coming up next week, I will set aside Thursday evenings after work to shop and plan for posts, and then Saturdays from 9am to 2pm to photograph. Then I usually spend Sundays writing. Everything is very meticulously scheduled in my life and that’s my biggest tip to successfully fitting your side hustle in.

#2 – Learn that it’s okay to say NO

I struggle with this every day. I’m someone who loves opportunities and loves having every door open to them. But, that isn’t always a good thing. It’s very easy to crash and burn when you continually say “yes” so I’ve been trying to be better at picking my opportunities and knowing my personal limits. I’m no good in any of my roles if I’m too sick and exhausted all the time.

#3 – If you want to win the game, you’re going to have to put in the work

I learned this a long time ago. I kept seeing pictures on Facebook and Instagram of other’s lives that I wanted to live. And while it’s not healthy at all to compare yourself to other people in that way, it does give me motivation and drive to get to where I want to be. But, if you want to win the game, you have to be willing to sacrifice and put in the hard work. I don’t mean just working through dinner or something, I mean staying home on a Friday night to plan for a post, or staying up until 1am every night to get all your work in. Hard work matters and it always will.


How I Balance a Side Hustle with a Full Time Job
I wish there was some secret formula to balancing a side hustle with a full time job but honestly, it just boils down to finding a routine that is comfortable for you. I have dinner with friends on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and then Thursday and Saturday nights are reserved for my side hustle. But it’s all worth it when that paycheck starts rolling in, I promise!

Thanks for reading,

Kelly Baum

About Kelly Baum

Kelly Baum is the founder of A Thing of Beauty, a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog founded in April 2011. Kelly is a designer and photographer and freelancer in her spare time.


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