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5 Side Hustler Issues And Tips On How To Overcome Them

Side HustleKrishna Solanki1 Comment

As a side hustler myself I often find myself encountering the same issues periodically.  It's draining going over the same issues, but at the same time, I am glad I have recognised that there seems to be a "pattern" - To me that means I can overcome them.  I just need to understand when the issue is in action and then take the necessary steps to overcome it. 
Over time, it should be the case that I eventually don't face these issues as they have been addressed. 
Here are my 5 side hustler issues, and tips on how to overcome them!

5 Side Hustler Issues And Tips On How To Overcome Them

1 | Self belief

In the past, I used to worry when it came to signing new clients, or starting a new project, especially if there was a "new" aspect of design or implementation that I was not 100% familiar with.  I used to think "I can't do this!" "What if I get it wrong?" "How do I manage my client's expectation when I don't understand XXX myself?"
Soon after I realised I was saying the same doubts to myself over and over again, and that's all it was - DOUBT. 
I lacked self-belief.
Once I realised that the issue was with myself I decided to have serious words with myself.  I sat back looked at my current projects and reviewed where I wanted to be in 1 years time. I also started to network a lot more with like-minded creatives/individuals.  This boosted my confidence.  I also started blogging again and this helped establish me as an expert in my field.

Tip to overcome this issue:  Network, start blogging, do your research, and the most importantly... "just do it!".  You can only fail if you try, and if you do fail, you can learn from it so it is not a mistake it is a valuable experience in self-development.

[Related: Everything you need to know about being a Designer and having confidence]

2 | An empty "little black book"

If you are just starting your side hustle then the real issue is booking real clients because your little black book is empty (or so you think!), but if you have been side hustling for a while then the issue revolves around making sure your little black book is continuously being added too.
You don't necessarily have to go all crazy and look in new places - although that can help - you can always try my favourite trick to overcome this issue:

Tip to overcome this issue:  Get in touch with previous clients. They are sometimes the best avenue for new work, especially if the working relationship was good.

[Related: Repeat business - 5 ways to reap the benefits of your existing client base]

3 | Finding the hours

It's so easy to blur the lines between normal working hours or family time, and side hustle time. It can be really tempting to justquickly finish that "thing" off so that it is ticked off the list.  The issue is before you know it your focus will be all on your side hustle - which isn't a bad thing, but what about taking a break? Spending those few hours doing something different or spending time with your partner/family.
It could be that you prioritise doing family dinner time, 9-5 work time and everything else before side hustle time. That's equally an issue.
So how do you overcome this?

Tip to overcome this issue: Keep an eye on the time. Set alarms. learn to balance your "play" and work time.

4 | Stretched over all the tasks

With so much to do it is not necessary to do it all yourself.  Although I have not reached my capacity of needing to delegate yet, but I know a number os small businesses, side hustlers and even full-time freelancers find that do delegate.  Why? Because you don't need to do everything yourself.   Making yourself do every little task like editing blog posts, keeping your social media up to date, replying to emails, can get overwhelming and turn into an issue.
How do you resolve this?

Tip to over this issue: Delegate. Hire a virtual assistant.  Depending on the size of your business and how many tasks you can delegate to another person you may want to consider taking someone on for a few hours or half a day. It all depends on you, but if it relieves you to concentrate on doing the more demanding tasks then it is definitely worth a thought.

[Related: How to keep your side hustle on track when you have a full-time job]

5 | Write down your ideas

Personally, I know my brain doesn't stop ticking about all the things I want to design.  I have so many ideas, about blog posts, updating my website, new projects, all sorts.  The issue is, 1 | I can't accomplish them all NOW as I don't have the time 2 | Are they viable tasks or just ideas - will they work in reality?

Tip to overcome this issue:  Write down all the ideas and let them percolate.  If you find yourself going back to the same "idea" it is definitely worth giving it more thought.  Keeping a log of all your brainwaves also helps to empty your thoughts - I find this helps me concentrate on other tasks in hand.

Do you face these side hustler issues? For those of you that have, how did you overcome them?  If you haven't overcome them, I really hope my tips help!

How to Keep Your Side Hustle on Track When You Have a Full Time Job

Side HustleKrishna Solanki2 Comments

There are so many side hustlers, like me, out there.  Whether you are just starting out with your side hustle, orit is an already thriving business, either way, it is your side hustle because you also have a full-time job.
The issue is, you LOVE your side hustle so much and you want to eventually make it full time but "now" is not the right time….
Sound familiar? - I hear ya.. I'm in the same spot!!  
For the time being you have to balance it all, learn how to keep your side hustle strong but also keep at your full-time job.
Today I wanted to share some tips I have learnt to keep my side hustle on track whilst currently being employed full time (and being a mum to a toddler and a wifey too).

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1 | Realise sleep is a distant dream

When you work full time and you work on your side hustle you realise you end up working all kinds of random hours. Somehow it just doesn't seem like you have enough hours in the day, especially as you end up squeezing in maybe an hour before work, an hour or 2 after work and if you can manage it then you also working during your lunch break!  It's not long before you realise you are working all the hours possible on both your full-time job and side hustle too.  - That was me, and still is!!
One thing I have realised is, the number of hours doesn't increase (durr!) but you do wear yourself thin, so it's important to remember everyone needs sleep!! Your mind, body and energy will all slowly start getting zapped so make sure you take that much needed time out to actually get a bit of shut-eye and rest.
Your side hustle will thank you for it!

2 | Set goals

When I first started my side hustle it was plain sailing. I would do whatever work I wanted and came my way.  I enjoyed it and it wasn't long before I realised I wanted to do this all the time.  So I decided to the set myself a goal - the biggest was to be a full-time freelancer. That's the ultimate goal.  To achieve that I set myself smaller goals, which were slightly out of my comfort zone. I decided on the following goals:

  •     Goal 1 : Book, at least, X clients this year
  •     Goal 2 : Start blogging
  •     Goal 3 : Actively network
  •     Goal 4 : Increase my email list following

There are a bunch of smaller goals I set as well in order to meet these bigger goals, but the idea was to break down where I wanted to be, how I would get there and actively make each step actionable in order to be achievable.

3 | To do lists

After setting all the goals possible and creating my actionable steps I starting creating lists.  To Do lists in order to keep me on track for each goal.  Either at the start of each day or towards the end of the day I will sit down and list the things I want to accomplish for that day and make sure they are do-able given the timeframe.
So for example:

  1.     Sign up to MailChimp
  2.     Set up my MailChimp profile
  3.     Research how to set up individual blog posts as newsletters
  4.     Create template for my newsletter

Being able to set actionable goals with a to-do list means it's easier to plan my time.  This leads me to the next point.

4 | Plan your time wisely

If you are able to plan your time wisely it will make you more efficient.  Efficiency drives motivation as you can see you are progressing and that's exactly what you want.  Some people will find that they work better in the morning, others will work better in the evening once the family is in bed!  Find what works for you and plan your tasks around that.

5 | Automate

There are certain tasks I know I can automate in my side hustle that will make my life easier, and my processes more streamlined.  Automating means you don't physically need to spend the time to "do" the task, as with a little planning you can use certain tools/software that will help you automate these tasks, thus freeing up your time to carry out other tasks.
Since creating my blog, I have learnt I can automate the following:

  •     publishing my blog posts
  •     sending these blog posts every week to my subscribers (as newsletters)
  •     sending out welcome emails to my subscribers
  •     scheduling my social media posts
  •     creating canned emails

It generally depends on the nature of your side hustle, but if you are repeating certain tasks, monthly, weekly, or even daily, there is probably a tool or software that can help you automate these tasks. Take a bit of time out to figure what you can automate and how and trust me, it will save you time in the long run!

6 | Outsource

With automating certain tasks, you can save time.  But what if you need to save time doing the other errands like marketing, finalising blog posts, sending emails, or follow up emails.
It could be worth considering outsourcing these tasks.  Hiring "an extra pair of hands" like a VA (virtual assistant) or a family member, can not only save you money but will support you in being able to run/manage/carry out the tasks that only you can do.  This can ultimately save you money as well.
Being an entrepreneur doesn't mean being a solopreneur.  You don't have to do it all yourself.  This leads me to my final tip...

7 | Connect

Being able to talk to other side hustlers can keep you sane.  Not everyone understands the ups, downs, the hard work and number of hours spent on planning each task, the small wins and even the losses. What really helps is being able to talk to other side hustlers in the same spot as you and sharing your stories, stresses and successes.  If you would like to keep in touch feel free to drop me a line or sign up for my newsletters if you haven't already.

What do you do in your side hustle? and how do you manage to keep on top of it all?

New "Design only" Package Offering

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Yay!! So more and more recently I've learnt and realised a few things.

1 | Not all clients want a Squarespace website - because they have their own cogs and wheels already ready.  They just want a website that looks amazing!

2 | I'm really passionate about branding, and that logo design is always better off as part of that package.

Because of both these things I have decided to introduce a new package to my services, which is purely design based!

I'm over thrilled to introduce you to Daffodil. The Design only package.

Daffodil - The product offering for startups, small businesses and side-hustlers.jpg

It's pretty straight forward, but I'll give a quick overview anyway.

Some startups, small businesses or side hustlers are already up and running but they find themselves in a pickle where they don't need a whole website built in Squarespace, but they do need the design.
Along with the designs, they realised their branding is out of whack and therefore, that needs some love and attention too.  Obviously, you can't forget business cards and social media graphics to match so then that's included too.

So there you have it.
A new package perfect for those startups, side-hustler, and entrepreneurs that simply want amazing design.

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?