How to Have a Side Job & Still Have a Work-Life Balance

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The following article was written by Top Rated Seller on Fiverr, Laserlife.

I still remember being a kid and discovering the web for the first time. My mother would carefully watch over my shoulder, as if I were jumping head first into a thick, shady jungle of unknowns. “Only 10 minutes, then turn off the computer!”-  she would say.

Today, I find myself struggling to spend 10 minutes off the Internet! I turn to my laptop and mobile devices for basically everything in my life: entertainment, keeping up with friends, information and more importantly, work.

The advent of social media brought a whole new philosophy to the table, eventually radically changing the way people relate to the web. Back then, everyone used to hide behind silly nicknames, but today people are keen on sharing their personal data and put their lives on display for the whole world to see.

This mindset of openness, with all its pros and cons, also transferred to the professional world.

Nowadays, there are many portals that successfully connect customers and service providers throughout the world, blending in the principles of social networking with the basic rules of the marketplace, and completely revolutionizing the outsourcing industry.

Freelance workers in several industries are largely benefiting from these dynamics, but the current online services marketplace is also a great thing for people who still have a job and a set routine of patterns and responsibility that come with it.

If you are reading this article, you probably don't want to leave your job and go fully independent, but you are still looking to pursue a side job opportunity for some extra income. How do you make it work? How do you manage to keep productive, healthy and efficient if you are handling a “regular” job and an “online operation?”

It all depends on your individual characteristics and your personal ambitions, but I can safely share a few tips that will always be on point:

Get organized!

If you don't want to choke under a load of work and stress, you need to be able to organize your schedule and make sure you have enough time to focus on both your jobs and get some time off.

Don’t overdo it.

Underestimating the workload you can sustain is a very common mistake, particularly when you are starting out with your side job. Start small without embarking on large projects at the very start of your new dual career, so you can actually gradually ease in into a new professional routine without experiencing a burnout.

Set boundaries

You already have a main occupation: your side-job should be a straight-forward extra source of income and possibly a way to enjoy yourself working on something you are passionate about. Learn how to say “no” and don’t work on projects that are going to suck your drive, energy and positivity: you have a lot on your plate!

Ultimately, learn how to manage your endeavors and start considering your time as a valuable currency!

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