The Side Hustle Shuffle

Today I want to talk about the side hustle shuffle!

Let’s talk about the side hustle shuffle. What is this fun play on words? It’s what us working stiffs do on the side for fun and extra money. Why? Because we like it!

There’s so many different side hustles that someone can do. You can blog as I do. You can run your own direct sales business. Heck, you can start your own business making anything from T-shirts to hair bobbles. The sky’s the limit! I personally chose to run a couple of direct sales businesses and now, reignite this blog!

When you look for a side hustle, ask yourself some questions. These will help you narrow down your reasons, goals and even help you plan on how to be successful

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. What am I passionate about?
  2. Do I want to make money or is this a hobby?
  3. What are my primary and secondary goals with this side hustle?

Once you figure out the answers to those questions, you’re ready to make a list of potential side hustles to explore. If you’re a salesperson by nature, direct sales like Avon or Mary Kay might work for you. If you’re a guy, there are a few companies that men can do well with when it comes to direct sales so just do some digging.

Blogging is a great choice for anyone who prefers to be solitary in their hustle. It’s all individual to you! I am a bit of both and that’s why I do both 🙂

Here’s a list of 99 Side Hustle Ideas from sidehustlenation.com. Many of them can be done from your phone which makes them truly awesome! The key is to pick ones that resonate with you. I just bookmarked that for myself for future use and you should too!

Let’s talk failure!

Yeah I know, it’s not something you WANT to talk about but we have to. Sometimes you’re going to fail. A particular venture may not work out. Your blog may take more time to get traction. (This isn’t a failure, per say but you get where I’m going with this) That’s okay. Each “failure” is an opportunity to refine and reinvent! If something doesn’t work out, just look at your list again and try something new.

There are literally dozens of different side hustles you can try. Some require money up front like a direct sales business, others just your smartphone and a free app. The key is to find what works for you and shuffle your side hustle!

Read my last entry being ghosted by a client.

 

Ghosted By A Client

Being Ghosted by a Client. It’s probably happened to most freelancers. Heck, it’s happened to regular employees too. Point is, it sucks! The reality is, it will happen.

I was recently ghosted by a client. I don’t want to get into specifics but when I realized it, I was hurt. Not angry, but truly hurt. We had a great working relationship. I looked forward to working with him more. The problem was that each time I tried to check in and got nothing. No reply.

At first, I was concerned so I sent a quick note to see if all was okay. Still nothing. After a couple more monthly tries I realized I had been ghosted by my client. So what do you do when this happens?

That’s an easy question to answer, believe it or not. If you’re ghosted by a client you just move on.

Yup, start looking for new clients or people to collaborate with. What if you run a blog? Find other bloggers to connect with. Yeah, it hurts and you may feel angry for a while but life will go on. It’s kind of like having a bad relationship. You just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep trucking. Above all, keep going!

You’re wondering how often this happens.  It happens a fair amount. That is why having more than one client or stream of income is important. There’s an old phrase that goes “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”  The same holds true with blogging and freelancing. Have multiple income options open. This will make it easier when a client does ghost you.

Finally, what’s the lesson here? Simple. Clients will sometimes ghost you. It happens.

Take a look at my last entry on Working from Home with a Corporate Job.

Working from Home-Corporation

Working from home is great! It’s even better when you can do it for a “traditional” employer. I recently took a new position that allows me to work from home at least one day a week, sometimes more. It has been a wonderful addition to my career for so many reasons.

Reasons I love working from home now:

  1. More flexibility
  2. I can stay in my PJs all day long
  3. I get more done
  4. My boss actually trusts me!

To give you all an idea of how this all fits into this blog, I’m literally working in my jammies for a company that I really enjoy and feel valued at. My boss trusts me to get things done while I’m home and I haven’t disappointed him. I just hope I can continue to do that.

Something that I want to touch on, just a bit is what it’s like to not have people to talk to when you’re working from home. I will talk about this more in a future post but after working from home for a bit, I think I can convey how I feel. To be completely honest, I miss the interaction with others that I get in the office. I am a social person so for me, it’s important to have that interaction as much as possible. As much as I love sitting here in my jammies, it’s important that I keep my work relationships and social activity intact. Some may struggle with this.

To finish up this post, I just want to say that I love working my traditional job from home. Does that mean I want to do it forever? Probably not. When I look at what I can accomplish at home, it makes me excited to know that I can do this, eventually. When looking at the big picture, it’s clear to me that I’m capable of and do enjoy working from home. 

To see my last entry click here.