13 women share their side-hustle time management.

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I’m currently in the process of launching new products so evenings are filled with designing labels, emailing suppliers, managing finances, restocking products, product photography, creating social media content, packing orders and responding to queries. 

A lot of time is also spent looking at ways I can improve the business. 

I’m still up to midnight most nights, but I always try to take Friday night off. Ultimately you get out what you put in! 

It’s definitely not easy, but it’s definitely worth it. 

A few tips: 

1. Try to learn as much as you can, don’t just outsource it.

2. Time management is important (make a plan). 

3. Close your eyes and trust the process when you see your Facebook Ads bill. 

4. Take breaks to play with your pup.

Lauren

I chose to start my side-hustle, Work-Life Virtual Assistance, because I wanted something that allowed me to pick my own hours and work it around my lifestyle.

I am a mum, a sports coach and I work 3 days a week at a local hospital. 

I work the equivalent of 2-3 days a week in my side-hustle but because of the nature of my work, I can work it around my existing commitments. 

I plan my work in advance and try to batch my tasks to maximise productivity, like doing my inbound queries, my client emails or my invoicing in the one hit.

I specifically set up my business in a way that would allow it to work around my life both now, and down the track when my son goes to school so that I don’t have to miss out on anything.

Dana  

I work full-time in my job which is my current only source of income, however, over the last 12 months I have been working on my side-hustle which will be launching in 2 weeks! 

The business I am launching is called Naked Weekend which will be at home beauty face mask kits.

Over the last few months with the launch approaching I pretty much finish work at 4pm, and then from 4:30pm until about 9:30pm each night, I’m working on my business. 

On weekends I try to give myself time for socialising and relaxing, but still do about 5-8 hours of work a day. 

I also just launched a little business selling handmade resin coasters, Wandering Studio. I’m not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to try and launch two businesses within a month of each other but here we are (and it’s amazing what you can make work when you are organised!). 

Time is definitely a limited resource but I’m really hoping that it will pay off, and I can become independent and live the life I have always envisioned for myself.

Melissa

My husband and I run a small side business The Woodhouse Interiors specialising in custom-made house beds for young toddlers, mainly those transitioning from cot to big kid bed. 

We’re based in Melbourne and have been operating just over 4 years now. We have 3 children under 5 years old, so they keep us busy too. My husband and I juggle parenting with work full-time, and our shared ‘side-hustle’ is mainly after hours and weekends. 

When the kids are asleep at 8pm, it’s go time! That’s when we get all of our work done. 

Nothing is outsourced; we run 100% of the business from admin, marketing, woodworking, delivery and assembling the beds locally to families. 

We are super busy and it’s a constant juggle but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

In lockdown it’s been particularly challenging with remote schooling, and working the day job from home but we still manage to run our side-hustle the best way we can. 

Sophie 

Like lots of Lady Startups, I work full-time; spending my days at a local hospital in a community engagement role. 

I’m fortunate to work school hours so I have the luxury of taking my three boys to school. 

Once after-school activities are done and my boys are safely tucked away in bed, I pull out my sewing machine and fill up my creative jar working on my retail business of dog products, BARK&WAGS.

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