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Make time for your side business
August 6, 2017, 2:57 pm

Many women are investing their talent into a side business in droves . But even though you are daydreaming about quitting your day job and making the courageous decision to pursue your passion project fulltime, most startup owners are still paying their bills with a steady nineto-five. So how exactly are you supposed to cram an extra few hours into your already jam-packed schedule?

Here are some totally feasible ways busy woman bosses can make time for their side business on top of their full-time gigs.

Talk to your boss: While it may seem counterintuitive to casually mention to your boss that you are pursuing another business, it may actually be a life-changing move. No, your boss isn’t going to give you time off or a lighter workload to make your side business happen, but they can free up your time in other ways. If you have a rough commute, they may be willing to let you come in an hour early and leave an hour early to stay out of the traffic. Another option is to talk to them about working from home one or two days a week, eliminating the commute entirely for those days.

Work on your side business at lunch: Make the most of your 30 minutes by answering emails and phone calls or checking in on your social media. Just make sure you leave enough time to actually eat your grub so you can properly fuel all your entrepreneur pursuits.

Schedule time (no matter how little) to work on your side business: It’s not about forcing more time in your day, but just prioritizing and using your time wisely. Starting a business can come in as little as 15 minutes a day or an hour a week, if that is all you have to give to start off. Just schedule it and make it sacred — and do that with all your projects and pursuits so that you can make a point of using your time wisely. Even scheduling a daily five-minute social media update can make a huge difference in the success of your side business.

Stop trying to do it all on your own: Identify tasks that are taking you a long time and seek out other entrepreneurs who specialize in those areas. It’s a win-win because you get more time, and you get to work with people who are passionate about tasks that help your business move forward.

Get together with other woman bosses: Meeting with other women bosses can really help you gain the confidence to be successful in your side business. Be sure to meet with women who are also running their own side businesses for networking events that allow you to share your goals and fears, ask for help, and encourage each other. There is power in great minds that think alike. 

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