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Side hustle = a piece of work or a job that you get paid for doing in addition to doing your main job.
Today’s blog post is all about a side hustle. I have wanted to do this for a few weeks, as it is a topic that I have been thinking a lot about during the pandemic. In addition to my full-time job and law studies, I also have my own side hustle which I started back in August, which has been a welcome distraction during this time. The industry I am in as a whole has popped over the last few months, as I think a lot of people are starting to understand the importance of always having a back-up plan in life. I am extremely grateful to have my very own back-up plan; however, I also love that it is something I do by choice, that I get to have a lot of fun with and be a part of an amazing community. For me, I guess you could also say that blogging is a sort of side hustle, however it feels very different as I do it totally alone with no one to guide me.
So, the first question I think that always comes to light on this subject is ‘why do so many people explore the option of a side hustle’? For me, it was all about giving myself options and securing myself for the future. I absolutely love my job, and my studies, but how on earth do I know that it 10 years’ time my job is going to exist, not to mention that I might actually hate it. The world is constantly changing and as humans our dreams and desires constantly evolve, so for me a side hustle was an option I wanted to explore in case either of the two ever happen in the future. A rich life is about so much more than finances – it is about true happiness and fulfilment each day which comes from spending time with loved ones and never overly stressing about life. If you are getting what I mean, I would definitely recommend reading on.
Next up, ‘what is meant by a side hustle’. So, this can come in many different varieties, but essentially it is going to be something that you do on the side of your time, that you make some extra money from, have fun with and perhaps one day could become a full-time thing. For me, I made the sensible decision of joining a social marketing company, where I have my own business underneath their umbrella. I get all the help and support I need, as well as the community, without the everyday stresses of building a company and the time that you would need to put into it. That was a choice I made as I fell in love with the brand, however there are many other varieties. You love photography? You may start a side hustle running your own photography business in your spare time. You love writing? You may start freelance writing for your local magazine on the side. You love makeup? You could start a makeup artist business to run at the weekends or during Summer for weddings. These are all side hustles as they are done around your life and main job, but create an income, however big or small.
I have so many people I speak to who voice their dreams and passions to me, yet never explore the option of a side hustle for one reason… time. Now, yes I agree, we all have busy lives and a lot of us do not have time to spare, however, there is one thing I always say when someone says I don’t have time – ‘do you not have time, or is it just not a priority right now?’ So often, when you chat further and explore what everyone gets up to each day, you learn that they do spend around 1-2 hours a day scrolling through Instagram, often sleep for longer than they need and probably spend around 2-3 hours each evening watching TV. I am not saying that we don’t need down time because we do, however I know so many people who could just switch some of their daily habits and build an epic side hustle by simply giving up the daily scroll or watching EastEnders and Coronation Street. That may seem blunt, and you may think I am absolutely incorrect, but if you ask yourself deep down, you always can make time. Each week I run my full-time business, study my online law degree and do my side hustle. It isn’t easy, but the way I do it is by simply giving up time in my life that wasn’t serving me before and utilising it to build and grow my businesses and myself. To add, when I do have my down time, the quality is so much better as it is less frequent, more structured and often much more enjoyable. So, ask yourself… could you spare an hour a day to make your dreams come true?
Finally, let’s talk getting uncomfortable. Any side hustle you start is going to require you to acquire the knowledge you need to make it work, the dedication and self-discipline to keep it going and the courage to make it a success. To put it bluntly, you are going to have to get uncomfortable. But, like they say, if nothing changes… nothing changes – being uncomfortable is when you grow and become the person you want to be. So, when you do start your side hustle, my biggest piece of advice is do not give up on it. If you work hard enough, if you are disciplined and if you have belief in yourself, you can make ANYTHING happen.
If you would like more information about what I do, or would like a little more advice on starting your own side hustle, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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