It’s certainly not easy to be balancing a full-time job while designing a lifestyle. But the secret to success at both is using tools to organize a side business. By creating processes to streamline the time you spend on your side business, you’ll get more done, make more money, and maybe even find some time to relax.

Organizing Your Life with Google Calendar

Regardless of what you do, Google products can provide a lot of structure to organize a side business. Google Drive houses a suite of collaboration tools including Google Docs (like Microsoft Word), Google Sheets (like Microsoft Excel), and Google Slides (like Microsoft PowerPoint). The beauty of using Google Drive (and it’s associated tools) lies in the ability to work on documents anywhere (assuming you have an internet connection), and collaborate with others (like a client) in real time. Because you’re using the cloud, saving happens automatically – you no longer need to worry about how program failures could wipe out hours of work!

The beauty of using Google Drive (and its associated tools) lies in the ability to work on documents anywhere (assuming you have an internet connection), and collaborate with others (like a client) in real time. Because you’re using the cloud, saving happens automatically – you no longer need to worry about how program failures could wipe out hours of work!

Google Calendar is another Google tool that can be particularly useful for those trying to organize a side business. You may already be using it for personal or professional commitments, but should also be using it to schedule in activities related to your work after work. If it makes it onto your schedule, it’s more likely to get done. Don’t forget to schedule in some time with your family, or for yourself!

Managing Tasks on Todoist

There are tens of hundreds of thousands of little tasks that make up a side business. Some things revolve around getting started, some revolve around specific projects (or clients), and others revolve around marketing yourself and growing your business. It’s impossible to keep all of these things straight in your head, which is why a task management app like Todoist is a much better method for organizing a side business. There are many task management tools on the market, and the specific one you choose isn’t important – just pick something that you like and fits into your own mental processes. Do an initial brain dump and add as many tasks as possible to your app of choice. Give yourself due dates and priorities for each one. Then, as new tasks come up, add them in.

Taking Notes on Evernote

If you have clients, you’ll want to take good notes at each meeting. It’s much more professional than asking them to refresh you on a concept after the fact! Furthermore, you’ll want to take notes as you’re building new skills for your side business. A note taking

A note taking app like Evernote can help you organize a side business through the structure of notes and specific notebooks. Using tags or the built-in search functionality, it will be easy to recall important information without digging for it. Every time you come across important information, whether on a call, in your email, or when learning something new, put it in Evernote (or your note taking app of choice). Make it a habit!

Tools to Organize a Side Business

Do you have additional methodologies for organizing a side business that weren’t mentioned here? Share your insights in the comments below to help others who are just getting started!