The weekends are wonderful a time to get some rest and spend time with family and friends. But, the weekend is also a great time to grow your business or side hustle. One of the biggest challenges when growing your business while you’re still working is finding the time to spend on creating products, offering services, marketing, and working on all the different parts of a business. But, if you sacrifice a bit of your time every weekend, you can make progress on growing your business.
Assess Your Time
The first thing that you need to do is an assessment of how you are currently spending your time on the weekends. From Friday night when you get off work to Sunday evening when you’re winding down and getting ready for work, what are you doing to be productive?
You must become highly conscious of how you spend your time if you want to make it work for you, instead of watching time wasting away. To take control of your time again, you need to start telling your time what you want to do with it, instead of letting your time run you.
If you get invited to a lot of events on the weekend, you may need to start saying “no.” If you’re spending your weekends on Netflix binges, then cut them short until you get your business going. If your weekends are spent on domestic tasks, then you’ll need to figure out how to get help, work more efficiently, or cut down on these tasks altogether.
Once your time is freed up on the weekends, you can start planning tasks that will allow you to grow your business little by little on the weekends.
Plan Your Tasks
You can’t do everything on the weekend, so you need to plan your tasks and complete them in manageable chunks. Make a list of all the things that need to be done to set up your business or work on your side hustle. Then, select one or two tasks that can be completed on the weekend.
For example, if you plan to become an Uber driver, you’ll need to get certain licenses, or a background check. You may get one task done, like applying for a transportation license, or taking care of the background check, and then you can cross that off your list.
If you want to write a book, then you can break that down into different tasks. You’ll need to select a topic, write an outline, do research, write each chapter, etc. Each of these tasks can be broken down and accomplished on a weekend.
You’ll also get a sense of accomplishment at the end of the weekend by being able to check things off your “to do” list. The sense of frustration at being so busy with your 9 to 5 will soon go away because you’ll gain momentum as you finish each task.
Get Stuff Done!
Planning is one thing, but doing is another. The great thing about working on the weekend is that you have less distractions than you do during the week. Yes, you may still have you family or pets to think about, but you don’t have to deal with commuting back and forth to work!
Let your family know that you’re working on an important project, and that you need time to focus. If you communicate, they will be more likely to respect your work and help you eliminate distractions.
Put yourself on a schedule. You don’t want your side hustle to make you feel like you’re working on another job. By setting a schedule, you can get some work done and you can still have time to rest and enjoy your weekend.
On a Saturday, you can dedicate a few hours to focus on your task, a few hours to rest, and a few hours to spend time with family and friends. Some entrepreneurship gurus will make it seem like you need to spend lots of hours on your business each day, but it’s most important do what make you feel happy.
Ultimately, being productive will become addictive as you make progress, and you will want to work on your side hustle or business more and more.
You have to sit down and do the work. If it’s a blog post, you’ll have to write it. If it’s a video, you must sit down and record it. Stay focused on the purpose behind your work, rather than dwelling on the hard work that is ahead of you.
I recommend getting as much work done yourself as possible. It’s important for you to know how to work your business from start to finish. As a small business person, content creator, entrepreneur, side hustler, or whatever you’d like to call yourself, you’ll want to take ownership of every part of your business.
There are some tasks that are better outsourced, though. The benefit to building your business on the side while you’re still working your 9 to 5 is that you can use the money from your salary to invest in hiring help.
I enjoy creating my own blog, but it took me many years to build up my skills. If you don’t have that kind of time or tech savvy, you may want to get someone to help you build your site, or take care of some other task that can help you progress.
Just be careful because the costs can really add up. There are a lot of marketers that target small business people. Many people have helpful tips, or provide useful services, but you don’t want to overpay, or pay for something that you can easily do for yourself by searching on YouTube or Pinterest.
Do lots of research before you pay for a product or service that is supposed to help you grow your business. Carefully read any contracts or purchase agreements, and refund policies. Always try to use PayPal or some other payment method that protects the consumer. Never fall for “get rich quick schemes” or wire money to people overseas. Just don’t!
Hopefully, these tips will help you start making the most of your weekends. Before you know it, you’ll be bringing in income from your side hustle or business.