Balancing your 9 to 5 and your business, may not be the easiest task. However, it’s doable. I’m going to share what has worked for me when I worked a 9 to 5 plus balancing a Business, Family, Nonprofit, etc. You are not the first and you will not be the last person who has to do this.
If you simply follow these tips you will defiantly see improvement.
As I’ve mentioned numerous times balancing your life + work + biz takes creating routines. Now everyone routines may differ. However, when you wake up every morning with a plan. You will start to see change in your business. Draft what a typical day looks like. For example, if you’re a nurse full time during the day. You’re not in front of a computer to dabble with getting your business off the ground on your lunch break (let’s be honest, half of the people reading this may have more free time and flexibility during their shift). However, you can possibly wake up early and/or go to sleep later in the morning and utilize your break to return calls and respond to emails. You have been in this world how many years? You know if you’re a morning person or night owl. Figure out what works for you. Not what works for everyone else. That may mean going to sleep later or waking up earlier.
I love the quote “ A goal without a plan is just a wish“ Create realistic goals for yourself. I.e. I will write a chapter of my book a month for the next twelve months. Not, I will write my book this month. Is that possible? Yes! Is it realistic? No, that’s way too much pressure to put on yourself. I love the idea of giving yourself enough wiggle room. When you put too much pressure on yourself a lot of times nothing gets done.
Ask for help
A lot of Aspiring Entrepreneurs fail to ask for help when needed. In the event, you need assistance with a product idea. Ask your network. Even when your network is just one person. Need helo with your children? Maybe you can ask for help with car pooling or even a babysitter. Barter your services with other parents. Your friend may babysit for you and you’ll babysit for your friend the next time. This is helpful for dog owners as well. Maybe you can ask a teen that charges $5 or $10 dollars to walk your dog. It may not seem like the ideal situation. However, the time you spend walking the dog adds up (unless you’re exercising, watching YouTube videos, and or listening to Podcast) I also
suggest to join a Facebook group that’s in your niche area. Trust me, you’ll thank me later for joining. You’re also welcome to join my Facebook group for aspiring entrepreneurs. The Brand Newbie
Prep Your Day to Slay
I try to prep as much of my day that I can. My morning routines consist of reviewing my planner daily and base my schedule off of my planner. I brain dump prior to going to sleep. My clothing is ironed in batches. (I iron enough casual and business attire. I also take out the accessories etc) why, because “ ain’t nobody got time for that” seriously, thinking about what you’re going to wear and ironing each time is way too much. Trust me! If you don’t believe me, try timing how much time it takes you on a daily basis to figure out what you’re going to wear.
If you’re a:
- Have a newsletter/ write content
- Sale images
This is a term that you should hold near and dear to your heart. Most YouTubers batch process their videos (of course unless there Vlogging) batch processing is when for instance you’re a fashion blogger. You take all of your pictures for the week and/or month in one day. You have your wardrobe on site and you may stay at the same location (some bloggers change the locations too) and just change your attire. You set aside a day/ time to take the pictures and you use them for various post (and/or content) this may sound like “doing the most. However, it’s actually really time saving. Instead of doing your makeup and hair several different times. You just do it one day and have enough photos for the month (if needed) you may use the photos for marketing, content, and/or social media. You can batch process your content too. By spending a day writing and/or editing, and scheduling out the post.
When you’re trying to balance both. There’s no magic potion that can be given to you. Everything will be based on your dedication to the grind.When the time comes you may be able to afford a Virtual assistant. Use this time to write what you do on a daily basis. In the event that you hire an assistant, you won’t have to spend time and money trying to figure out the task for him/her.