The Side Hustle: Getting Started

A recent episode of Workaholics highlighted the world of "side hustling" and although it is not the most intellectually stimulating program, it did inspire this post. I often hear "I don't know how you do what you do". Honestly, sometimes I don't either but I can tell you that I am not a robot and it is possible to do more than one thing at a time. I can also tell you a side hustle can be overwhelming if you don't approach it the right way but equally as rewarding if you do. For those of you who are interested in making a little extra money outside of the 9-5 (while still keeping your career moving) or are looking for a way to discover a new passion (without the risk of being unemployed), you have come to the right place and here are some questions to ask yourself as you brainstorm:

What are you already doing outside of work?

Find something you enjoy doing. Shopping? Pop into your favorite store and ask if they are looking for part time help. Working out? Contact the studio or gym you love the most and ask if they have any open desk staff positions. Love taking selfies? Post 18 pictures a day and you'll definitely become instafamous. These are just a few examples of how a hobby or passion (maybe not the last one) can be turned into another source of income rather than just depleting your bank account. The possibilities are endless.

How much extra stuff you can take on?

This is important. Be totally honest with yourself and do not fill every bit of free time with something.  I have struggled with this (and still do from time to time) because I want to do everything. Take a hard look at your life even though it seems a bit dramatic. What parts of it are flexible? What parts are not flexible? Are you really going to be OK with not being able to go out for drinks on a Thursday night with coworkers because you made a commitment to pick up a shift or teach a class? Is this going to cause your friends to stop asking you to hang out because your response is always "I'm too busy"?

Is it worth your time?

Your time is valuable and spending that time the right way is crucial to your happiness. Do you get an employee discount? How much are you getting paid? What is expected of you? Do you like the people you would be working with or working for? This doesn't have to be totally monetary, but remember you are adding onto your day and working longer hours. Make sure it is worthwhile.

Do you know how to use Google Calendar?

You may think this is a joke but I'm serious. Juggling multiple jobs requires organization and you must become a master of your schedule. Personally, having a visual spot to put where I need to be and when is how I am able to teach 8 classes a week, work full time, spend time with people I love, and also have 5 seconds to myself. It assists with deciding what I need to say no to and what I can comfortably say yes to. Being organized with my schedule also keeps things in check so the quality of work or time I am spending with people doesn't suffer. Yes, there are times when things get out of control but it's temporary.

The above has helped shape what I want to do outside of my full time job and make the long days manageable and enjoyable. Things haven't always been that way and there is an element of trial and error. Regardless, I am a strong advocate of embracing the side hustle because if it is done well, you could potentially uncover skills and passions you may not have discovered otherwise while putting extra money in the bank. I could go on and on about this particular subject and I anticipate there will be many spinoff posts to come. 

Questions, comments, concerns? You know where to contact me.

CP