You can’t make more time. In fact, time is merely a measurement of what is already happening without our involvement. No matter how it feels, we can’t speed up time or slow it down (unless you are capable of traveling at the speed of light) and however much time you have on this earth is how much time you will always have.
Thus, how do you become a freelancer on top of your full-time job? Maybe you work for DirectTV Support and you spend ten hours a day answering questions and solving problems. You’re a writer and you’d like to write for businesses and make more money. But when you get home, all you want to do is turn on the TV, eat a meal, and veg.
Here’s how to find the time and the energy to freelance or start an online business when you’re still living the 9-5 life.
1. Find the Time That’s There
As I said, time is an amount you already have. You just need to free it up from the tangles of your habits.
This is where a schedule comes in handy. I recently hit on this trick when asking myself why I’m so resilient in my running life but not so much in my writing life. It all comes down to writing down what I’m going to do beforehand.
The only way I know I’ll have time to run and work is by writing down what I’m going to do. I lay out all the I need to do including eating, showering, breaks, etc. and I organize it.
You should do the same. Open a calendar app and write down what you do on a normal day. You’ll quickly see how much time you waste on Facebook or binging the latest streaming show.
Identify blocks of time you could be working and commit those hours to work.
It’s a word with a bloody history, but it’s a necessary word to contemplate as an aspiring freelancer. First, consider the fact you’re already making sacrifices when working at a 9-5 (this will help when you go full-time with freelancing).
You’re sacrificing freedom to make your own schedule. You’re sacrificing freedom to work from anywhere. You’re sacrificing time you could be creative or time you could spend with family.
Running a side gig often requires sacrifice. You might not be able to binge that tv show. You might have to forego that weekly night out with the guys or gals. But once you’ve built your reputation as a freelancer, you can regain those things.
Spending money might be something you could sacrifice instead of pleasure. Do you have room in your budget to hire someone to do your chores? This might free up some time for work.
3. Leave Stuff to Do
If you’re like me, you have a difficult time getting started on projects at home. You don’t know why, but jumping straight to deep work is near impossible.
I’ve found that if I leave something for the next day, I’ll more easily jump into the next thing once I’m done with what I left. For example, if I were at the end of my day, I’d end this article here and finish it tomorrow.
But since It’s the beginning of my day, I’ll conclude this article. You can find time to do extra freelance work. Don’t overload yourself with clients at first or you’ll not be able to please them. But take on one project at a time and eventually, you’ll build enough of a reputation to go full-time.