How to Build a Side Hustle without Neglecting Self-Care

by Dec 20, 2021General Information

Guest Post by Gwen Payne @ Invisible Moms
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Starting a side hustle isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re committed to starting a business on the side of your full-time job, make sure you dedicate time to self-care. It’s too easy to neglect your needs when your schedule is packed with work tasks, business projects, and personal obligations. You have to be careful not to let your business goals get in the way of the actions and activities that keep you feeling your best! Below, you’ll find some simple self-care strategies to help you handle stress and promote wellness as you juggle the demands of your business, work, and life.

Ask for Help with Your Side Hustle

Asking for help is something we can all do better. If you want to build a successful business on the side of your day job, you need to learn how to delegate. Handing off your responsibilities to someone else can be scary, so start by outsourcing tasks that are simple and straightforward. Think data entry, research, customer support, or other administrative tasks.

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Follow Your Passion

While you don’t need to be passionate about a business idea to achieve success, passion certainly helps. It’s much easier to dedicate time and energy to a side hustle when you’re super excited about it. Try to build your business idea around something you already enjoy doing, like a hobby! You might not earn any profits from your business for a while, so you will need to find some other source of motivation until then. Doing work that you love will help you stay motivated after the initial excitement fades.

Be Mindful of Your Needs

As you plug away at your side business, try to maintain an awareness of your needs. What do you need to do every day to feel your best? Your self-care routine should be completely unique to you and centered on your own story. Healthline suggests starting by taking stock of your physical needs—sleep, nutrition, exercise, healthcare, etc. Then, think about your mental needs. How are you going to manage stress? What kinds of boundaries can you set to protect your self-care time? Would therapy be beneficial to you?

Finally, don’t neglect your emotional needs. Emotional self-care is all about identifying and nurturing your emotional needs to support your emotional health. This might involve meditation, journaling, forest bathing, spending time with people who make you feel loved, or creating a private space in your home where you can relax and focus on yourself.

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Leave Room in Your Schedule

Scheduling out your weeks and days can help you stay on track, but be careful not to be too strict with your time. Don’t schedule your day right down to the minute. Things will inevitably take longer than you expect, throwing off your day and eliminating what little time you had blocked in for self-care. Schedule buffer time between work, meetings, appointments, business projects, chores, and household errands to leave room for the unexpected.

Zapier recommends blocking out both proactive and reactive periods in your schedule. During your proactive blocks, you focus on tasks you need to get done. Reactive blocks are your opportunities to manage interruptions and unexpected tasks, like responding to emails or jumping on calls with clients. By dedicating time to these different types of tasks, you can prevent reactive work from taking over your day.

Self-care plays an overlooked but important role in the process of building a business. Don’t sacrifice your needs to achieve success. When you carve out time for your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, you’ll be able to hit the ground running every day. Self-care isn’t a waste of time, but an investment in yourself!

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