If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that I was recently a guest on Jess Who’s podcast The Co-working club. We chatted about working full-time alongside a freelance side hustle and all the challenges that come along with it, from staying organised to the impact of social media.
I’ve written several posts about making time for both but I thought what better way to show you how I manage things than giving you an insight into an average day in my working schedule? If you’re planning on taking on some freelance work alongside a full-time job, I hope this will show you how I personally make it possible.
6:30 – 7:00
On a good day I get up around 6am and head straight to the gym. If I’ve got a lot on, I always try to go in the morning rather than after work to leave as much time as possible for freelance in the evening without interruptions. It’s something I find really helps me focus and get energised for the day head.
8:00 – 16:00
Post-gym I head home, get changed and walk to work for 8am. For those of you who don’t know, I work full-time in communications for a students’ union so writing emails, scheduling social media posts and creating marketing plans are a few of the tasks I tick off on an average day in the office.
16:30 – 18:30
Eight hours later, I head home from my full-time job and start work on any current freelance projects. There’s a lot of cross-over between the work I do full-time and for freelance clients so a typical to-do list would include planning, writing and scheduling social content, creating newsletters and writing blog posts for clients.
Depending on how much client work I have to do that week, I’ll try and dedicate some time to my own content, taking an hour or so to either draft blog posts like this one or take Instagram photos for example. Scheduling my pins for the week is also something I try and do on a regular basis but I’ll usually save less taxing tasks like that one for Saturday/ Sunday morning rather than cramming them all into one working day.
Come 7pm the laptop lid gets shut for the evening and the downtime begins. In general, I’ll cook, catch up on something crap on TV with my friend and flatmate then delve into a few chapters of my current read before hitting the hay.
Granted, my working schedule isn’t always as straight forward as this. Hopefully, this gives you a better idea of the kind of things I manage to get done on a good day though and how working full-time alongside a freelance side hustle can be doable.
Do you have any tips for managing your time between jobs?