How to Use Google Docs to Organise Your Side-Hustle

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Whilst it’s great to get things down on paper - it’s just not practical when you’re on the go. Bits of paper easily get lost and there's nothing worse than having a great idea while you're at workout shopping or and forgetting it by the time you get home.

Enter, Google docs...

Something I’d struggle to function without - here's why

If I have an idea that pops up while I’m at my desk at work, walking my dogs or in the post office queue, I can jot it down in my google docs app, safe in the knowledge that it’ll be waiting for me the next time I log in, at my laptop or on my phone.

My main lifesaver is my google sheet (basically a spreadsheet/ excel doc) it keeps everything in one place and it’s easy to access from wherever I am via the app on my phone.

I can’t sing the praises of google docs enough, so I wanted to share my basic google docs set up with you so that you can start using it too. 

Creative workspace, desk with glass of water, flowers and notice board

Here are the 5 tabs I have in my google sheet template:

1) To do list

Who doesn’t need a to do list? Since reading a book called the 12 week year I’m a big advocate of planning in 12 week chunks (or in quarters). It’s long enough to be able to achieve some chunky stuff but short enough to be able to see the finish line - a year on the other hand, to me, just feels too big to picture in my head. so, I tend to create my 12 week plan and then break it down into actions - which go into my to do list tab.

I try to have no more than 3 top priorities each week and then other, smaller to-do’s after that. I go into my to do list every day and make a daily list of what I need to get done on good old paper.

2) Marketing calendar

Again, I tend to plan marketing in 12 week chunks or quarters. So, I created a grid with 12 boxes for the 12 weeks and in there I put what I want to be doing each week to market my business.

Creative's desk with notebooks and flowers

3) Budget

I have a very basic budget layout I my spreadsheet which means I can get into it easily and quickly wherever I am.

4) Resources

It’s impossible to remember all of the different usernames and links you have, so keep them all together in a tab in your google docs spreadsheet. I include links to my social channels, all of the things I need to log into and a reminder of what my usernames are.

This is also a good place to create a reading list of blog posts, articles, videos, podcasts you want to save for later. As well as those I also keep a note of suppliers or useful links in this tab.

Herbal tea with a bunch of spring flowers on a rustic wooden table - how to use google docs for business

5) Finally, a life tab!

If you're juggling a side-hustle and a job, your work and life are very closely intertwined. This tab is where you can note down those things you really must do later, like posting your mums birthday present (yes I do need to do that). By getting the thoughts and to-do’s written down it frees up your mind for other stuff.


  1. If you think having a google doc set up for your side hustle will help you stay organised and on track, it’s easy to set one up.

  2. Google search google drive, login with a google email address and set up your google sheet.

  3. Create different tabs within your sheet to keep things organised. It’s super easy to set up and I really hope it helps you stay organised.

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