Making Time For Making

The hardest part of making a go of a side business is making time.

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I've been feeling a bit stuck lately. I have ideas for moving various projects forward, and I make a bit of progress on those ideas on mornings and weekends.

I make a little progress forward, then set things aside to focus on the day job, or personal stuff, or whatever. And when I come back to it, I need to get back up to speed on what I was doing, exactly. My notes haven't been great lately, so they're no help.

It's frustrating. And I know that's a common feeling for anyone trying to make a go of a side business (or even personal projects, which I think are wonderful).

I asked on social media and in various Slack groups what indie devs struggle most with when trying to make a go of a side business.

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Publicly, I mostly heard that people are having a hard time with what to work on, how to get noticed, and various tech issues. In the Slack groups, however, the number one response?

Making time.

For me, it’s a toss-up between making the time and building a community. The community side is something I'm trying to do with Two Common Cents Club, but even that requires time. I feel stretched thin even between the day job and my personal life, nevermind my own side business.

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I need to make time for making. I try to steal hours here or there when people are asleep or whatever, and it feels lonely. That's the worst part, the fact that it's just me, trying to make a go of it, not really having the time to connect with other people who are also trying to make stuff in fits and starts at random times throughout the week.

I've thought about maybe doing like a "side hustle with me" (terrible title, but you get what I mean, right?) video call or live stream on weekends. Time where we commit to working on our individual projects, can chat with each other about how things are going, and build stuff together.

If you are interested in something like this, I'd love to know your preferences — so I created a survey!

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Jamie Larson