There is a simple problem with holding down a full-time job and working on your own business: you work too much! Even if you’re incredibly passionate about what you’re doing, you get stuck in the muck of what you’re working on, and eventually you realize you’re working 90 hour weeks. Usually, if you work too much, it’s because you’re being ineffective in the ways you budget your time and you’re not designating others to do enough work for you. If you’re working too much, here are a couple of ways to solve your issue.
Automate When Possible
Yes, we’re talking about automating your work. You can automate some tasks, but it kind of depends on what kind of work you do. If part of your job is to manage a Facebook and a Twitter, you can use programs like TweetDeck and HootSuite to schedule Tweets and Facebook posts. This will help you spend less time on social media management and more time on things that may matter more, like website or blog content.
Outsourcing is not the devil. There are some tasks you can send to other people to do so they can send them back to you to finish up. Maybe someone else can proofread, or design a website, or design a graphic that would take you too much time to do. You don’t have to do all these tasks – just pay someone else to do them for you. You can use websites like oDesk and Elance to help you with projects when they come around, or you can even hire a virtual assistant to help more consistently with everything you need to get done. You can even “outsource” to your family members, especially if they’re gifted proofreaders.