I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a side hustle!
If you aren’t sure what I mean by side hustle, I like this definition from Chris Holdheide at Side Hustle Academy:
Side hustle – is a product or service that you offer or sell on the side of your current full time job to earn extra income on the side.
I have a corporate day job and I blog after-hours. So blogging is my side hustle.
Now, to be truthful, I don’t make any money from my blog at this point and I’m part time employed not full time. I don’t fit that exact definition, but that is splitting hairs.
The effort that I’m putting in definitely takes hustling.
Building a blog as side hustle
I’d heard other bloggers talk about these things but now that I’m experiencing them first hand, I know them to be true.
- Building an audience takes time & attention
- Learning the tools of the trade takes persistence & patience
- Finding your authentic voice takes consistent effort & showing up even when you are filled with doubt
- Getting comfortable with promoting your content on social media takes guts & discipline
- Creating graphics & editing photos that really compliment a post takes thought & time
- Doing something each day on your hustle no matter how small, even when you are tired after a full days work is important both for your learning & staying focused
- Schedule in blocks of rest as well as blocks of blogging or you’ll burn out in no time
Don’t get distracted by other things that aren’t aligned to your side hustle
A little while ago I got asked to do a paying gig as a wedding photographer. I have previously photographed a wedding and I think did a decent job. It was for family and I didn’t charge because it was gift to my brother and his bride because they were saving for their growing family. I enjoyed the process because I love those two people to bits, but I’m not in love with photographing events. I can do it adequately but I prefer landscapes. I struggle with photographing people some times and the pressure is not great with my anxiety. So, I ended up declining to do the paying gig. Sure I would have brought in money and I would have learnt some more, but it would distract me from my primary passion.
I believe that your primary passion is your purpose.
Being a wedding photographer is not part of my purpose.
Helping people reboot their creativity & lead a simpler, more joy filled life is my purpose.
This means I need to remind myself to stay on point!
Now, you may be able to juggle more than one side hustle, but I prefer not to as I think it can dilute your effort.
Scattered attentions = scattered efforts.
Scattered efforts = reduced impact.
Pick the passion that is closest to your heart & focus all your efforts on it.
Discovering what is in your heart is the key to finding your purpose & serving it.
That’s worth hustling for!
Never stop learning, it’s your edge as you hustle
Now I’ve only been blogging for a little over three months, so I’m no expert at this point.
I did however, do a lot of research & learning before I started. I listened to a stack of podcasts and read up on the topic of building a successful blog for over a year. This blog was 6 months in the dreaming & planning. After 3 previous failed attempts at blogging I wanted to hit the ground running this time.
Whatever your chosen side hustle is I’d encourage you to read up on the topic as much as you can & put in consistent effort.
I am learning new things every day. Things aren’t always easy, I’ve had my frustrations. That is part & parcel of learning anything. Enjoy the learning process.
Learning is your edge. This I know from my day job as an Instructional Designer.
Technology, trends & culture are continually evolving. You just can’t sit still if you want to be a top of your game.
I am really tuned in to what’s going on for me. It might be early days yet, but stuff is happening. It’s both scary & exciting.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself while hustling
Temper hustle with rest & ease.
You can’t go full pelt all the time. Sooner or later your body will tell you to rest.
I admit I didn’t do a whole lot on the blog over the last month. When I launched the blog, we already had the holiday booked. I had the intention of working on the blog while we were away. However…
It was pretty evident after a few days away that I needed to unhook, spend some time with my Husband and really enjoy the trip. After all we’d been saving up for months and looking forward to all the things we would see & do.
Next time I go on holiday I’ll make sure I’ve set a few more things up so things can keep moving on the blog while I’m having a rest. I don’t regret my choice. I feel refreshed & have an even stronger commitment to working in this space.
A good hustler looks out for themselves. Knows when to say yes & when to say no.
Keeping the balance is about protecting your boundaries.
If you want some tips on how to take care of your self better, check out my post on Self care.
I hope I’ve got your attention. Here’s to the hustle!
From my heart to yours,