Have you been working on your side hustle, side gig or whatever you call it for a while now and are you wondering whether it’s time to make the leap and go full time with it? We have information and advice and 3 ways to make your sie hustle work if that is your dream.
Baby boomers are finding that a side hustle is helping them make ends meet once they have retired from full time employment. Many people find that their side hustle is a hobby they have long pursued, but are now looking to turn into a source of revenue.
3 Ways To Make Your Side Hustle Work
Know that the decision to get started is the hardest. It’s scary to “put yourself out there” and take a chance on YOU. I know it. I work with entrepreneurs all of the time who had to take that first step and make the leap by trusting in themselves and that they had a viable business idea. It may be scarier if you are relying on the side gig to bring in full time money, but baby steps.
Chart a path toward success. You may not know the most direct route toward success. You may not even truly know what success means to you. It could mean freedom or success could mean financial success. Only you know what success means to you. You don’t necessarily need to know the end game, but you do need to make forward movement on it in order to move your way down that path.
Write down the path you want to take. Write down what success means to you. Write down how much money you need or want to make. Write down specific steps you need to take to move forward. Writing it down is the first step in putting together a business plan — which you may need in the future.
Don’t measure your success against someone else’s. You are unique. Your idea is unique. Your path is unique.
Are you ready to take your side gig full time? Do you need assistance to bring that dream to fruition? Give us a call. We can help!
We’ve already almost completed the first month of 2019! How can that be? If you’re like me, you are in the midst of new projects, but have you taken the time to set up business resolutions for the new year? They don’t have to be big, sweeping changes, but they should be items you’re committed to achieving in the new year.
Before you look at business resolutions, take some time and make note of all of the successes you’ve achieved and those items you didn’t quite achieve. Look at items you want to continue on with and those you want to jettison.
Business Resolutions For The New Year
- Resolve to keep learning. No matter where you are in your business, you can always learn more. What classes can you take? What books can you read to keep you up to date on the latest trends? What can you do next month to learn something new?
- Resolve to keep your priorities straight. What means the most to you? Which aspects of your business run on auto pilot? Which of your clients are priorities? Trick question… they all are!? Set priorities for spending time with friends and family and with your work.
- Resolve to better use technology. If you have shied away from upgrading and updating hardware and software in your office and are losing valuable time because of system outages or broken down equipment, resolve to rid yourself of that issue.
- Resolve to stay in touch with clients. It is easy to let the days get away from you and before you know it, it’s been months and you haven’t reached out to your clients. Put them on your calendar and reach out regularly.
- Resolve to give back. Volunteer in your community. Find an organization you love and offer your time and talents. This goes along with #2 and setting priorities.
What is your biggest business resolution this year?
Are there things you can do outside of working hours that can strenghen your skills at work? What professional steps do you take to hone your skills and to make you a more valued employee or a stronger and sharper entrepreneur? Have you ever wondered how outside activities can hone your professional skills? They can.
Not all job development or skills development happens in the confines of your office. In fact, entrepreneurs and employees who excel are those who are dedicated to both their lives at work and their outside activities. Many of the things you do outside the office can help you sustain or heighten your professional and personal growth.
How Outside Activities Hone Your Professional Skills
- Join an association in your professional niche. Doing this puts you in contact with other professionals in your niche area, gives you contacts with people outside of your office — or yourself if you’re a solopreneur — and gives you insight into what others are doing to excel.
- Volunteering. If you have a unique talent that you can use in a volunteer capacity this is another way your outside activity can hone your professional skills. Say, you’re a social media marketer, you could volunteer with an organization with a mission you connect with. They would benefit from your skills and you can make new connections and continue to hone your skills.
- Read. There is nothing more important a solopreneur or entrepreneur can do is to read. Lifelong learning keeps you sharp and in touch with the world around you. When is the last time you sat down and read a book?
- Learn new software. Is there a new software program that would make your life on the job easier? Invest in it and learn to use it. Even honing your skills in Microsoft or Google documents can enhance your skill base.
- Become a mentor. Did you have someone who helped you when you were starting out? If so, return the favor and be a mentor to someone who wants to learn to do what you do. When you mentor, you re-teach yourself skills you may have neglected.
When is the last time you practiced professional and personal development?
Social media, for many introverts, is a great way to interact without having to be face-to-face with anyone. Social media how-tos for introverted entrepreneurs is a delicate balancing act. Some days you just need to get out of the office and interact with people!
If you’ve been avoiding social media because of your introverted tendencies, you may be inhibiting your chances at success for your business. You should have a social presence and interacting behind the keyboard is easier for introverts once they get the hang of it and the lay of the land.
Social Media How-Tos For Introverted Entrepreneurs
- Share relevant content. No matter who you are and what you’re doing on line, be relevant and share content your followers want.
- Keep your status updates simple. No matter if you’re an extrovert, ambivert or introvert, social media updates don’t have to be long and overly involved. Use short, simple sentences and you’ll get interaction.
- Feature your customers. If you don’t want to talk about yourself, then talk about and highlight your customers. Shine the spotlight on them, tag them, ask them to share and you’re performing a great service.
- Focus on your team. Share information (not overly personal) about your team members. They will love being in the spotlight (ask them first) and will likely share that with friends and family and that will expand your reach in an organic way.
- “Talk” with your audience. If they’re commenting on your updates or your blog, comment back. Social media is all about interaction and building connections.
- Highlight your expertise in a way that addresses a customer pain point, not in a “hey, look at me!” way. Show your talents and expertise through the content you share.
If you’re an introvert, don’t try to change your personality. You are who you are. Embrace that and move forward!
We know we are usually uplifting and offer “what to do” ideas for entrepreneurs. Today, though we want to discuss 3 reasons to not be an entrepreneur. The reason for this is that we hear so many people thinking about going into business for themselves and thinking they will be:
- Overnight successes
- Be rich beyond measure
- Will have nights, holidays and weekends off
3 Reasons To Not Be An Entrepreneur
Get rich. We mentioned it earlier, but many would-be entrepreneurs think they will be rich beyond their wildest dreams if only they own their own businesses. They see the income the could potentially make but don’t take into consideration, the expenses needed to support that income. Remember when you’re self-employed you are responsible for so many more bills and expenses than you were when your employer footed the bill on many of those items — insurance, office space, payroll taxes and more.
Unlimited time off. If you think that owning your own business means daily hours-long lunches, coffee dates with friends, weeks-long vacations and not working nights, weekends or holidays please see “get rich” as a reason you won’t get rich. If you’re out on your own and if you’re not big enough to hire a staff or even work with contractors, then you will need to work a LOT of hours. Vacations may become a thing of the past unless you start making enough money to afford one and even then, we bet you’ll be working.
If “he/she” can do it so can I! We call this the “why not me” syndrome. If you aren’t specifically motivated and driven, you’re likely doomed to failure. Not just anyone has what it takes to run a business. Not everyone has what it takes to motivate him- or herself enough to succeed. If you don’t have a boss cracking the whip, will you hold yourself accountable or will you be looking at “unlimited time off” as your motivation to be an entrepreneur?
We applaud any, and every, entrepreneur and solopreneur who comes across our path. We know the sacrifices they made to get there and those they make to remain viable. Do you have the drive to be an entrepreneur? Do you not know where to start? Reach out, we can help!
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season — which for many people starts on Thanksgiving Day and goes until the second day of the new year, it’s time to count your blessings. As an entrepreneur, I count on my positive attitude to get me through the day and to power through challenges.
It’s not every day, though that we do stop to count our blessings. We don’t often enough stop and think about all for which we have to be grateful. Attitude colors everything and it can make it bright or it can make it dark. This is true not only at the holidays, but year round.
It’s Time To Count Your Blessings
I love this thought: “A person is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.” If you wake up and think, “I have to go through so many horrible things today… it’s going to be a bad day.” Then, chances are it will. Even if you’re facing a challenging, or bad, day you can wake up and think, “It’s going to be a challenge. I will, however, come out the other side and my day will be better after I get through XYZ.”
Dread is natural, but you may be able to turn it on its head and wake up in a better frame of mind. The challenge you’re anticipating may not be as daunting as you’d imagined. Even if it is, having a more positive attitude will help you recover from the challenge more quickly.
Picture this: If you’re a negative person and if you’re unhappy, negativity and unhappy people will follow you. Your attitude will impact those around you. Like brings like. If you’re happy and if you surround yourself with like-minded happy people you will be happier and your attitude will soar.
What can you do to adopt an attitude of gratitude? You certainly don’t want to look at others’ suffering as your blessing, but you can stop and look at your “suffering” through a different lens. If, for example, you’re angry about work — think about those people who don’t have a job and would love to have one. If you’re unhappy with where you live, think about those people in Alaska or Hawaii who have lost their homes — they would likely trade places with you in a heartbeat.
I urge you to take a moment today to count your blessings. Write them down so you can see all you have to be thankful for. Think about your blessings before you fall asleep at night. Face each day with a smile because there are many people who will not be given the gift of a new day.
Happy holidays to you and yours.