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Side hustling - A quick overview

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Not sure about you, but I hear the term "side hustle" a lot nowadays.  It's like a new "buzz word" although, it's not really new if that makes sense...
Do you know what side hustling is? Would you side hustle? Do you want to side hustle?

Lots of questions spring to mind so I wanted to talk a little about the subject.

Side hustle - a quick overview

What is side hustling?

Simply put, a side hustler is someone who is employed full time but also has their own business or, at least, is pursuing a part-time venture.  A side hustle is a venture/side-business. 

I am a side hustler and this design business is my side hustle.  

Pros and Cons of side hustling?

There are a number of reasons why you would side hustle, this could range from wanting to be your own boss all the way across to not enjoying your full time employment.  The top 5 points I have come across are:

1 | Extra income
2 | Passionate about your hobby
3 | Freedom to be your own boss
4 | Creative outlet
5 | Flexi hours of work

Although these sound like awesome benefits of side hustling there are also a bunch of things you should be wary of.

A few points to remember (speaking from experience here!) are that:

1 | It's hard work
2 | You need to find time to put in the hours
3 | You may not start off with flying colours
4 | There is a steep learning curve
5 | Money isn't always coming in (not straight away anyway!)

At any given time I am constantly on the go - thinking about my full-time job, my side business, my personal life, and everything else in between.  There is a lot of juggling going on and it can get very stressful to say the least.  But I wouldn't have it any other way. I love doing what I do and I am fortunate that I can do it both in my full-time job and my side business. It also helps that I have a structured and streamlined process in place to help me do everything I want and need too to make my multi-tasking less painful (Note, I didn't say easy!).

Considering to start SIDE HUSTLe?

If you are considering to start a start hustle, here are 10 things you could do:

1 | Web Design
2 | Blogging
3 | Baking
4 | Photography
5 | Jewellery making
6 | Consulting
7 | Copywriting
8 | Virtual assistant
9 | Tutoring
10 | Event planning

If none of the above tickle, your fancy there are always other things like dog walking, babysitting, gardening, etc.  

Stay in touch!!

One thing that I do believe is that when working on your side hustle, it can get overwhelming.  Although it is something to be proud of, it can get extremely challenging at times and you may need someone to vent too. There is a community of side hustlers dotted around, so it's a good thing to stay in touch and keep networking with like-minded entrepreneurs! 

I'm someone who understand the balance, the hard work, the small wins, and of course, the big ones too so let me know your thoughts and stay in touch!

Side hustling and staying productive

My Business, Startup, Side HustleKrishna Solanki2 Comments

So first and foremost... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!.. yay so 2016 is upon us! 

Did you set goals towards the end of last year? Did you make a note of your year-end report? - I have to be brutally honest right now... I didn't.

Not sure that is was a wise move but I have valid reasons.  In case you guys didn't know, this freelance business I own and run is, in fact, my side hustle!

As well as it being something I fit around my part-time employment  (which is still 4 days a week, 7 hours a day), I also have a little toddler as well.

Given this, I genuinely find myself very busy living life and balancing my work and home life routine. I didn't want to add the extra pressure of setting goals as I know I am a perfectionist and it will indirectly stress me out knowing I haven't had time to meet them, or try to meet them.

That doesn't mean I don't have any goals. I do. I just haven't set them in stone.
They are in my head, floating around, and I'm happy to keep them that way, until...until further notice!

Side Hustling and Staying Productive

You are probably wondering why I even bothered to write this post, but it became apparent that I can't be the only mom, working "part-time" and running my own side hustle creative freelance business.  There must be more of us out there. There MUST BE!

Then I began to wonder.. how do they juggle the daily tasks of being an entrepreneurial supermom? (thats not what I call myself, but it kinda does sum it up really!haha)

So given this is my side hustle, and this is my creative freelance business, I wanted to share the way I run things and stay productive at the same time, without setting any goals or indirectly (and accidentally) adding that extra pressure.

Here's how I stay productive with my side hustle:

1 | Staying Organised - Lists!

I write lists to help keep on top of all the different areas of work - part-time and freelance - and the different projects I have running simultaneously.  Writing it all down and seeing it in a list, whether that's online or on paper, I am able to visualise what i need to get through and that helps me stay organised.

2 | Apps 

I use a bunch of useful apps and tools to keep things streamlined and up-to-date no matter where I am.  Some apps I find useful on my mobile, others I prefer using the desktop version only.  It all depends on where I am, what I am doing, and how much time I have!
(PS...Watch this space for a blog post on this soon!)

3 | Work random hours

This goes against the grain for most freelance businesses, but when its your side-hustle and you love it and want to work on it, you will work the random hours. I find myself getting back to clients in the evening after dinner, or first thing in the morning before I start any other work.  I even find time to do client work in those odd random hours. Obviously, it helps having a supportive husband to tend to the toddler, but it all works out for me!

4 | Think think think

I am a serial overthinker. I overthink everything. When I find I have a bit of time to myself but I can't physically get on my laptop, or tablet, or phone (so usually when I am driving to and from my part-time employment) - I end up thinking. Generally, I have "trained" my brain to think about what the next thing I want to do for my business is. I say this very broadly as this could be "what am I doing tomorrow?" to "what do I want my business to be like in X months?" - It's vast. but I think about progressing and "that next step" all the time.

5 | Family time

When its family time its strictly that. No matter what the email says from my biggest current client, or what there "quick question" is.  Family time is important, I won't check emails or reply or be running to get my laptop to make that small amend. I will, however, be enjoying the time with my toddler and husband and making memories.  As much as I love running my business and working I make sure I keep time to have fun with my nearest and dearest. This also keeps my mind and eyes fresh for when I do get back to work!

So, as you can tell no goals means I may "plod" along in my own merry time, but it keeps me sain and helps me stay productive.

Do you have a side hustle? What is it? - How so you stay productive and fresh eyed?