Have you heard the saying “Jack of all trades but a master of none”?
That was precisely my lifestyle for entirely too long. For a while, I thought that “Jack” was my middle name ha-ha. Simultaneously I was involved in a variety of projects and being a stay at home mom.
I did not know how to request help, and most of the time I thought I maintained it all under control so why even ask for help.
Operating in SURVIVAL MODE, with-in both my family and business life was becoming my typical approach to life.
All these projects were in hopes I would achieve the financial stability I greatly desired. I learned a valuable lesson about chasing money, and that anything we chase will run away. I completely overlooked what all this running around would cost me.
Nothing received my adequate attention because I was working on several projects on the same day. Things had to crumble before I began to slow down.
My dear friend Jeanette would advise me, “Shannon, all these perceived little projects you are involved in play a considerable part in your overall concentration level because your brain is unable to get a chance to rest.” How right those words of wisdom were, became evident.
In April of 2017, I suffered the first of what would become a series of chest pain event. I was rushed to the hospital three times in 4-weeks.
When you are thinking you’re going to die from a heart attack right in front of your children and husband, that begins to wake you up. I want to say those events were successful in wakening me up and slowing me down, but it didn’t stick. After gaining my strength, I then returned to my hamster wheel.
In January of 2018, I took a 12-week sabbatical, and I was able to see the error of my ways. I was not benefiting my family at all. During that 12 week sabbatical is where my treasure hunt began for reconnecting to my passion and discovering my purpose.
I had to begin with the foundation of self-care. I had to heal.
The busyness, the exhaustion, the people-pleasing all buried my passion and passion is what leads to my purpose. See, treasure hunt.
I establish boundaries around my time by blocking out designated time for myself, family, and friends. I used to schedule life around my busyness, but now I block out time for life and business around that.
I now provide a firm “No’s versus an exhausted, apprehensive, people-pleasing ‘yes.”
I have fallen in love with To Do List and breaking them up into manageable bites. I can follow up at a higher rate than I did before. My head is clear, and I remember much better now. This has increased my bottom line.
I wanted to share my journey with you in hopes that if you are on the verge of burn out, these are simple but powerful steps to take to recalibrate and get your foundation stable.
I am now a Women’s Mentor helping women who are where I was.
Always remember the business can’t run if you’re not here to run it.
Our lives are short so have fun and be successful.
I am so happy to say that hard work does pay off. I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book, “From Passion to Profit.” I have been working tirelessly, and I want to announce that I will be releasing a new book next month! I am hoping that this book will be a game changer for you and explain to you how to turn your passion into profits.
Are you looking for a way to make extra money but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you are already making money in your business, and you want to take it to the next level but don’t know where to go next?
This book covers a wide range of topics to help you with your business startup. I am excited to share my experience with you and my expertise. The topics in this book include Passion/ideas/dreams/ goals, time management, target customer, how much to charge, finances, how to hire an accountant and why, how to hire a lawyer and why, incorporation, how to handle taxes, collecting payments, marketing, social media, online presence, how to create a logo, contracts and business plan. This book offers these all to you!
This book release date is on April 3, 2017, on Amazon and good reads.
What made you want to write from Passion to Profit?
So many people ask me how they can start a side hustle! They see that I am travelling the world without a job, and they want to know how. I want to share! I want to give back and tell everyone how they can side hustle too. This book is going to walk you through the step by step process.
What if you feel unqualified, or if you never had the opportunity to learn specific skills that seem essential to earning the extra money you desire? Is it too late to start?
If you are not a professionally trained entrepreneur, it’s too late to start now. I am just kidding! Being able to live this life is about finding the “hustle” that is within you. I give you the steps within my new book, but you must have the desire to create the lifestyle that you desire which is not something that you can do once and be rich overnight. This book is not a get rich quick scheme. I am always working, and I love every minute of it. I love what I do so it never feels like work. This is something that you are going to want to do every day. I always advise to take baby steps, but the first thing to do is to start.
Most people are very busy, including people with families and hold down more than one job.
How can someone overcome obstacles like a lack of time and money to become what you call “a hustling hottie”? It is one of the topics that I cover in my book, so for that, I won’t say too much. But what I will say is, this is not easy. You make the time for the things that you cherish most in life. Keep in mind that most people never have enough time or enough money to do what they love, but somehow some people manage to, anyhow. Set clear, concise goals and set a time to work on your passion. Anything is possible.
Click here for the ultimate From Passion to Profit Book.
Have you started a side hustle? What now?
It’s no surprise that many more people are taking side jobs in addition to having a regular job.
The freelance economy is growing like wildfire, but it’s not always about raking in extra income.
Side hustlers lean toward “FREEDOM,” in other words, the ability to travel, to be a digital nomad, to spend more time with family, and to work from the comfort of their homes, to name a few.
Yes, money is a significant factor here, but to become a successful business owner is the goal.
Who knows, your side hustle can potentially become your full-time job or maybe even cross the salary of a full-time job? You may be someone’s boss!
YOU MIGHT BE THINKING:
“Well, this is a great idea, and I have 2 or 3 more for a side hustle.”
I have already updated my social media and told my friends and family that I am investing my time into something on the side.
“Now, what do I do?? 😕
Should I post on twitter that I’m looking for work? Or…. urgh!”
If you are at this stage, let me tell you that you are not alone.
Almost all side hustlers go through this phase, the “What Should I Do?” phase.
Nothing to worry about, we got you!
We have five steps for you that will guide you to build and grow your side hustle from the beginning:
1. Throw away the Employee mindset.
What is an employee mentality?
It’s the mindset where you think like an employee who only works to impress their boss, cannot think outside of the box, and have a constant fear of losing their financial security instead of working for personal freedom.
Yes, it is necessary and significant to have a backup plan to fall back on.
It means you are more of a follower rather than a leader. But you do not have to be a leader in making your side hustle work and being successful.
However, if you do not value yourself and your time, you will struggle to take a risk, and you will more likely go back to the usual job that you might hate, or maybe you decide to do nothing, just because it’s hard.
So throw away that mindset, think like a business owner.
What do business owners do?
They place themselves in an authoritative position, take charge, and don’t work to impress anyone but work to grow and improve.
With each job you are becoming more experienced, you will learn more than you knew before the gig. Learning and growing should be your passion and motive.
2. Start small but work toward growth
Now that we know that we have to think and be like a business owner, start planning. Without a plan or strategy in place, you will not know where to go next or even realize, if you are making an impact or not.
A plan is necessary.
So what should you do?
Should you decide to replace your day job with your side hustle in a month?
Even if you could do that, don’t take that pressure.
You might be thinking-
“Why not? Aren’t I supposed to think like a boss?” Yes, you should think like a boss, but don’t be irrational.
You have to admit that with your regular job and life, you should take things slow.
Taking small steps will give you clarity as you go, plus you need to see if the side hustle you chose will suit you or not.
Will it be something that you will love to do for the next decade?
Yes, you can change your side hustle, no problem.
You don’t need to and should not limit yourself to something that you chose the first time.
It’s a big world, take your time to explore and find out what works best for you and your life.
3. Cross out monthly expenses one by one.
Plan to use your side hustle to cover monthly payments but, one at a time.
Let’s say; you spend $500 on rent $300 on transportation, $350 on food, $60 on insurance $50 on the phone.
Write them on a paper from the smallest at the top to the most expenses at the bottom. Set a goal to cover one or two monthly costs at a time as you go along with your side hustle.
Check off the items on the list that you will include or have covered that month.
Having a plan will help you not to burn out quickly, and it will be a lot easier for you to keep track of your progress.
One day will come when you can cover all monthly expenses, and it will give you the freedom to leave your day job if you want to.
4. Network and learn from self-made business owners.
A side hustle allows you to determine the ropes of the business without the pressure of losing a career or paying other employees. You should take full advantage of it.
You must surround yourself with like-minded individuals — people who know the value and experience first hand of what it takes to build a business.
By solely conversing with them, you shall learn a lot.
According to a Profitable Venture-
“One of those things that successful entrepreneurs are very good at is establishing positive business relationships with their employees, business associates, suppliers, customers, and everyone else that contributes directly or indirectly to the continued survival of their business.”
You might be just starting, but to transition from an employee to a business owner, you have to think like a business owner.
So, join local social groups to attend networking events, join various Facebook groups or forums.
Go where you will get interactions with people who are like you or could be your potential customers. Both work fine.
5. Find a Mentor.
Other than solely talking to people, you can consider finding a mentor.
Your mentor does not have to be someone renowned who has worked with thousands of others like you.
But you can also consider finding someone who is well established in your field to work with or help you build relationships which are as useful as other ways.
What mentorship can do for you?
A mentor will provide you with the experience not shared in the books.
Experience is an incredible asset, and it can guarantee you, side hustle success.
There is only so much you can get from a book. But with one-on-one interaction with a mentor, you will build confidence.
It will help you to adapt to future hurdles along your journey.
These have been five steps you should take just after launching your side hustle.
The end goal should be to build a nice cushion for yourself. Do not stress yourself to earn a full-time income in the first month.
The chances are that it will not happen in the next month.
Once you reach the number that you can cover current monthly expenses, and you have proved that the side hustle does, in fact, work.
Then you can leap to go all in.
Write a comment below and tell us what step you are going to take next? If you are interested in growing your side hustle, click here for the Ultimate Side Hustle Workbook!