How to Juggle Freelancing and a Full-time Job? | CareerMetis.com

So you have a full-time job but you also want to have a freelancing career because you want to have enough breathing space when it comes to your finances.

Your nine-to-five is stable, but it’s not high-paying so you can’t afford to miss one workday nor come in late because you cannot risk any deductions on your salary. You then begin to explore the world of freelancing.

A career in freelancing seems like the best solution to this conundrum, but trust us when we say that it takes a lot to juggle freelancing & a full-time job. Sure you can get extra income from your side hustle, but you also need to make sure that you don’t under-perform in your full-time job.

To begin or continue a job and freelancing together, you need some planning and more organization. You also need to be serious about what you are planning for.

If you want to know how you can juggle freelancing and a job, read on because we have some tips for you!

1) Know What Your Goals Are

People explore a freelancing career for different reasons. Some are in it because they have bills to pay, some want to have extra money that they can use for investments while others want the cash so they can live the lifestyle that they want. Is freelancing eventually going to be a full-time thing for you, or is it just a stint? Do you intend to resign from your full-time job at some point?

These are things that you need to think about before you send out applications for freelance jobs. Your answers to these questions will determine your strategy as a freelancer and full-time employee.

However, if you opt for freelancing to just accomplish your hobby then freelancing will add fun to your routine life.


2) Come Up with a Transition Plan

If your reason for becoming a freelancer is so you can eventually resign from your current job, then you need to have a transition plan.

Set a timeline and number of hours. Take note of the things that you need to have and the amount that needs to be in your bank account before you file your resignation. Better if you design a plan or layout so that you will remain stick to that after leaving your fulltime job.

The reason behind choosing to freelance over jobs is that it allows the ability to pick your own projects. Even if you are juggling multiple freelance projects or just getting a small one you have the freedom to select and balance.

However, having a transitional job can also be helpful when you’re adjusting from being a full-time employee to a freelancer. It gives you the stability that a part-time job can’t offer while giving you the freedom that a full-time job can’t. It can give you the resources that you need before you hand in your resignation, provided that you can perform well in both jobs. That said, we go back to knowing how to find the right balance between the two.


3) Take a Look at Your Work Schedule

One of the common mistakes that people make is dumping so many things on their plate. Before you pursue freelancing, check out your work schedule. Do you have time to work on additional jobs, or are you too swamped with the demands of your nine-to-five? Note that a side hustle will take up whatever free time you have. These may be hours before, in between, or after work.

Whatever your additional job maybe, you have to make sure that it won’t eat up your time for sleep and self-care. Time management is required. If you sacrifice the little time you have for yourself, you’ll end up doing sub-par work and you’ll experience burnout in no time. Assess your schedule. Make sure you have time for everything.

Those who made up their minds and want to carry both freelancing and job together, we suggest them to go with a planned routine.

The best way to do this is by designing a monthly chart or calendars and work 80-90% according to that schedule. With this, not only they adjust their two-time jobs but they also give time to their friends and family.


4) Review Your Contract

No one wants to read through long paragraphs with small fonts but this is something you need to do if you want to explore freelancing. The reason being, you need to make sure that you’re not violating your contract with your current company.

Some companies issue contracts that contain non-compete clauses that prevent or limit their employees from accepting the same type of job from another company. If you pursue freelance work that’s not allowed, you put yourself at risk of losing your job or worse, being sued.

Start with the right foot and thoroughly read the employment agreement before sending out applications for freelance jobs.


5) Inform Your Employer

It’s tempting to keep employers in the dark when it comes to side gigs, but that will only put you in hot water. Your boss will eventually find out about your freelance work, what with the Google searches, social media, and all. If freelancing is something that your company allows, it’s still best to talk to your boss before doing anything.

You owe it to them to let them know that you’re accepting work outside the company. It has to be clear with them that you’ll still be at your best during your nine-to-five despite the additional work you have to do in between. You can also share with them your reasons for pursuing freelancing. Your boss will appreciate your honesty.


6) Set Boundaries

Keep yourself from doing freelance work when you’re at the office. Yes, there are slow days at work, but this does not mean that you can work on your side gigs. Stick to the tasks that you need to accomplish while you’re on the clock, and your boss will value the healthy boundaries that you’ve set between the two jobs. This also means fighting the urge to use your work phone or laptop for freelance stints. It may not seem much, but these still belong to the company.  

At some point, you’ll get the hang of working two jobs. When you reach this point, you’ll see that the balance exists and you can think about how to work around it. If you’ve already hit your goals then you may want to plan your next steps, whether it be sticking with your current job or becoming a full-time freelancer.

Come day’s end, it all boils down to how you create a marriage between the two. Set priorities and create a schedule that you’re comfortable with. Try to keep your weekends since those are the only days that you can use to do things for yourself. Remember, balancing freelance work and a full-time job has a lot to do with self-care. You get to give both jobs your A-game when you have a healthy and balanced life.

Every point in this post completely depends upon your own individual situations. There may be times when you will find that you are balancing well in both the careers while some of the times it will become hectic too. But if the things are like planned with freelancing, then think if you really want to continue your job. Or if you really like your job then calculate, so that the freelancing fits in properly.

Written By
Rekha Pant, is an IT professional, B.Tech from RGPV University, Bhopal. Along with her IT profession, she has also evolved herself to become a fluent writer covering different topics in Digital Communication, Education, Marketing and IT. With her rare talent, she has published ace blog pieces as a guest on many websites. For more information about her, you can check her profile on  Linkedin.

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