Prioritizing Self-Care While Kicking off a Side Hustle
September 13, 2022
While a side hustle can boost your income and speed up achieving your financial goals, poor planning and overworking can burn you out and even lead you to make less money. And if you’re anything like me, you must keep these self-care suggestions top of your mind while starting a new side hustle.
Leave Time for Rest and Relaxation
Always schedule time for unwinding at the end of the day. Start your day with inspirational and motivational audio or reading. While meditating or musing on positive thoughts, keep yourself in a mellow mood with pleasing aromas. A diffuser with essential oils can create a lovely atmosphere throughout your home and office. Keep essential oils on hand to dab on your skin or sniff when you are particularly stressed.
Keep your mental health at its peak with regular breaks and vacations. Even a few days to break away to a nearby scenic area can be enough to recharge you.
Choose the Right Gig
Carefully select your side hustle and clients. By charging too little, you discourage clients searching for quality, research where your skill set can solve problems and bring unique value to the industry. Rude and demanding customers are not worth the hassle.
Find Practical Help
Don’t try to handle every assignment by yourself. Locate services and other freelancers who can quickly accomplish necessary tasks. You may be able to trade services with someone who is experienced in marketing to help promote your business. When you’re ready to register your business as an LLC, a formation service may be preferable to a lawyer since fees are much cheaper. Follow the rules for your state because regulations vary.
Many tools can help you maintain a proper work-life balance. CRM services organize customer data and provide a single location to maintain communications. An invoice generator provides templates for you to send customized invoices with your text, logos, and pictures. Find an online invoice maker that allows you to save your document in your favorite format.
Create a Healthy Lifestyle Plan
Rushing around can lead to unhealthy dietary choices, so pay attention to nutrition as you plan weekly meals. Stick to healthy fats and complex carbohydrates for energy instead of relying solely on caffeinated drinks or indulging in sugary sweets. If your work and side gig are sedentary, experts recommend you plan 30 minutes of physical activity into your day. If you are into at-home workouts, these 30 Min workout plan by Caroline Girvan will surely get you sweating! Or you can consider purchasing a pedal exerciser you can place under your desk to move your legs and get your blood flowing.
Prevent work activities from bleeding over into family and recreational time with a well-defined schedule. Dedicate time each day to straighten things up. Once a month, use a few hours to do a deeper cleaning so your home and office remain organized and neat.
Find a Mentor
If you hope your gig will flourish into a full-fledged business one day, find someone who can provide advice and encouragement. Join online professional associations of others to connect with individuals with more experience. A mastermind group can be an excellent way to get feedback from others outside your industry who have a fresh perspective on your process and goals.
Let your side hustle become an activity that boosts you up instead of burning you out. Focus on healthy self-care activities to make your new venture a success.
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I am Jena, an experienced content creator, who is passionate about travel, health and wellness, and fashion. I'm an avid traveler and digital nomad, who loves to craft and sew and who has some IT background. I aspire to help others with 'no niche' online find their voice and just express themselves.