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Afrobeats producer Juls on going viral and juggling a 9-5

TAKING IT EAZI: Juls was responsible for the beat that took Ghana's Mr. Eazi to the dizzy heights of tens of millions of views of his song 'Skintight'

“NEVER QUIT your day job - I keep hearing this and to be honest its getting a bit annoying!"

Afrobeats producer Juls is animated as he relays the sometimes unwelcome career advice he receives after massive success with artist Mr. Eazi and featured singer Efya.

Juls laid the track for the sexy, slow tempo track Skintight, which is still soaring to yet more viral success with nearly 4 million views of the official video on Mr. Eazi's YouTube channel alone.

Watch 'Skintight' below:

With a thriving 9-5 job in finance, Juls doesn't fit the mould of most producers who have enjoyed his level of rising star status. He admits that achieving a balance can be challenging:

"You do have to be strategic with your time and money if you want to achieve your long-term goals. It’s not a walk in the park!

I won’t necessarily say I have all the answers on how to handle both a day job and be active with your passion, but I have been doing it for the last three to four years, so I have an understanding of what has worked for me. Nothing is really easy but its passion that keeps you going."

Juls' top tips for managing your side hustle whilst having to clock-in at work:

Time management:

Definitely make good use of the time available to you. Manage it properly. Make a to-do list daily or weekly and prioritise the important things that have to be done. Follow a strict schedule and get rid of all distractions. All these narrow your focus. Once you get this sorted you will notice that you are working a lot smarter and quicker.

Set objectives

Once you know exactly what it is you’re trying to achieve, set some goals, ideally broken down into objectives that you feel you can achieve on a weekly basis. This helps you keep an eye on results and the progress of your side hustle.

Appointment to work

You probably have some spare time, such as lunch break or travelling time, that can be freed-up during the working day at your current 9-5. I personally use my lunch breaks to sort out things with regards to music.

Get a team

Having a team costs money. If you don't have a budget for staff, you can always work around that obstacle. A team of two, three or even one person can help. When you're starting off, whoever you work with should be able to envision the same dream you have. The benefit of them seeing your vision is that you will share a common goal, encouraging you to enjoy the day-to-day process of your side hustle more. A team member could manage social media, respond to emails and perform similar administrative tasks whilst you handle other things.

Don’t over work

This is the challenging part. Working hard and working smart are two different things. I still haven’t mastered this yet. Make sure you rest the mind with short breaks here and there. Set a certain time frame for a particular task, which keeps your mind focused and stops you from getting drained by a task that drags on and on.

Track your results

Get into the habit of regularly checking on results or the outcome of the hard work you’re putting in. That way you know exactly where you’re slacking and where you've made progress.

Use your time off wisely

Use your holidays wisely. They are normally the perfect time to get a lot of work done. I keep talking about work, but family is important. If you are in a committed relationship or married with kids you need to put in the extra effort. This is the area I lack in the most at the moment.

Stay passionate

If you don't love what you do, you will never find the strength to carry on when times get tough. Believe in yourself and never give up!

Watch Juls' latest video below, 'Give You Love (An African Love Story)' feat. L.A.X:

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