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How to Build a Side Hustle into Any Schedule [+ 3 Examples You Can Follow!]

by Chenell Tull | Updated: April 9, 2020

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This week’s post was written by Cody from Fly to Fi. It reminds me so much of when I was trying to find time for my side hustle as well when I still had a full-time job. Good stuff – another testament that it can be done! 

You want to start a side hustle, but you “can’t find the time”. You “literally can’t”!

What if I told you that you’re thinking about it all wrong? What if you discovered that these limiting beliefs were just roadblocks capping your income potential?

In this post, I will show you exactly how to build a side hustle into any schedule, regardless of your job, hours, or location. Ready to unlock your inner side hustle?

Analyze Your Situation

The perfect side hustle for you depends on a multitude of factors, but most importantly, how do you spend the hours in your day? And are you spending them on the right business model?

Are you a construction worker?

Do you work in IT?

Are you a personal trainer?

I understand that many of you readers may have two or three jobs, but the analysis is still the same. Determine how each hour of your day is spent and figure out how to monetize it.

To illustrate what I mean, I’m going to tap my magic wand and create characters out of my previous questions:

  1. Joe the Construction Worker
  2. Sarah the IT Specialist
  3. Zeus the Personal Trainer

Now let’s walk through a typical weekday and determine how each of these people can make money.

Joe the Construction Worker

Joe is a 40-year-old man with a wife and two kids. He starts his construction workday begins at 6:30 AM and works until 2:30 PM. After picking up his kids from school, doing some household chores and cooking dinner, it’s around 6:00 PM. Joe then plops on the couch and watches his favorite TV shows until bedtime at 10:00 PM.

Not-so-fun fact: Did you know the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV per day? (That’s a lot of time for side hustling)

Side Hustle Ideas for Joe

Sarah the IT Specialist

Sarah is a single, 28-year-old woman. Her workday at the IT firm typically begins at 9:30 AM and leaves work by 6:30 PM. She goes to the gym afterward and gets home around 8:00 PM. Then, she finishes her night reading a book until it’s time for bed at 11:00 PM.

Side Hustle Ideas for Sarah

Zeus the Personal Trainer

Zeus is a married, 35-year-old man. He makes his own schedule, but he’s typically at the gym for at least 6 hours each day for clients. The rest of his day is spent creating individual workout plans for his upcoming sessions. He usually unwinds at night by watching a movie with his wife until he falls asleep.

Side Hustle Ideas for Zeus

Side Hustles are for Everyone

If you noticed, all of the side hustles suggested for our case study participants either (a) tied into their daily schedule, (b) aligned with their skill set, or (c) both!

Although these side hustles may be specific to each of their skill sets, are plenty of side hustles that require low-to-no skills. Each of the case study participants seemed to have a few hours of downtime each day. Let’s see how they could monetize that downtime with creative side hustles … or maybe even start their own online business!

Sharing Economy

Gig Economy

Item Flipping

Building an Online Business

Do You Have What It Takes?

No matter what your occupation, economic status, gender, age, race, or any other factor for that matter, you have the ability to earn side hustle income.

Every person’s story is different from the next, but if you are creative enough, you can find ways to earn an additional $10, $100, or even $1,000+ every single month. Over the long term, these additional income streams will pay huge dividends and will supercharge your financial journey.

Once you get bit with the side hustle bug, you won’t be able to stop.

Just to prove to you that I walk the walk and talk the talk, here is my typical weekday.

5:45 AM – 6:30 AM: Wake up, shower, and work on side hustles for 15-20 minutes before leaving the house.

7:00 AM – 8:20 AM: Work on side hustles for the entirety of my train commute.

8:45 AM – 5:15 PM: The ol’ nine-to-five grind

5:40 PM – 7:00 PM: Side hustle the entirety of my train ride back.

7:15 PM – 8:15 PM: Gym. (Alright, this doesn’t make me money, but working out is a priority for me)

8:30 PM – 11:00 PM: Work on side hustles until it’s time for bed!

At my age, I have the freedom to optimize nearly every minute of my day into a money-making venture. I’m not saying you have to be that hardcore, but you may have pockets of time where you could be side hustling instead of doing something else.

Huge thanks to Chenell for this guest post opportunity and I hope that I ignited your side hustle spark!

Chenell Tull helps course creators with paid traffic campaigns. She quit her day job in June of 2017 and has been learning the wild world of entrepreneurship ever since. She's sharing what she's learned while building her own business from side hustle to full-time, and the software and marketing tools she can't live without.
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