I’ve written about balancing a full-time job with a freelance side hustle before. I’ve shared my advice for making both work and, for the most part, stuck to it but the last couple of weeks saw all of that go straight out the window.
I work full-time in a students’ union so, once Freshers’ Week gets underway, it doesn’t leave time for much else. I missed my blog post deadline, didn’t post on Instagram for a week and spent what was supposed to be a chilled out weekend catching up on work.
We all know I’m a planner but sometimes even with the best-laid plans in the world, work/ life takes over, which is why I felt the need to write this post. If you can relate to feeling off-balance between your full-time and freelance jobs, I hope you find the things I’ve learnt helpful or at least feel a lot less alone with that very full plate of yours.
I’m only human
There was absolutely no way that I was going to commit to writing a blog post this week after working 12 days straight, picking up half-eaten pizza slices off the floor and packing down three Freshers’ Fairs. The sooner I accepted that and stopped feeling guilty about it, the better I felt. I’m only one human, there’s only so much I can do in a week, side hustler or not and being realistic with myself about that was a huge help.
Planning is everything
I’m lucky that my full-time job only gets really crazy a handful of times each year and I pretty much know when those periods are so I’m able to put a freelance schedule in place around that. If I hadn’t done and put in a lot of the legwork beforehand, I’m pretty sure I’d be in a bit of a pickle right now. There are still a few last-minute tasks I need to get ticked off but for the most part, current me is very thankful to past me for planning ahead and doing the majority of them in advance.
Not everything is urgent
Nothing plays on my mind like an unfinished to-do list but when my 9-5 took over, I really did only have time for the absolutely necessary. That meant leaving a few things closer to the deadline than I’d usually like to and putting off things like invoicing for when I really had the time. I only ended up being a few days behind in the grand scheme of things so loosening the reigns is something I can definitely afford to do more of in the future.
People usually understand
My 9-5 taking over also taught me that people are really nice. I didn’t lose hundreds of followers on Instagram for not posting or damage my relationship with clients for taking a couple of days to reply. Fellow business owners understand better than anyone just how much goes into running one of your own so being honest about what I could and couldn’t do and apologising for being slightly slower than usual turned out totally fine.
Do you struggle when it comes to balancing with your freelance and full-time work? Here’s how I might be able to help.