Balancing Your #SideHustle: An 1871 Workshop

For many people, long gone are the days of working one standard 9-5 job. According to CareerBuilder, nearly a third of workers have a side gig. Yeah, we’re broke because of student debt etc. etc. etc. but 25% of workers making more than $75K have a side gig, too. People of all incomes are working more and finding how to hustle outside of their full-time job.

At 1871, there was recently a workshop on how to balance your #sidehustle with a full-time job. THANK YOU L’Oreal Thompson — can we be best friends or can you be my mentor, or both?

We go around introducing ourselves:

“Hi, I’m Mary Kesinger. I work full-time in Marketing & Communications for Accenture Operations, but I’m also a fitness trainer, a writer/blogger, and I do freelance work for startups. Oh, and I’m writing a book!”

I’m used to working several small jobs. In high school, I taught dance classes and wrote for the local newspapers. I didn’t do it for the money, but because I truly loved it. This continued in college where I began teaching fitness classes. Once financial struggles began, I turned into a workaholic and did everything I could to make money. I mastered how to manage my time, and I knew I wanted to continue project-based work.

The balance thing? Yeah, that’s new to me. I’ve had to cut back on freelance work to focus on my first book, and L’Oreal said it best: “Self-care is the best care. Your business will still be there when you return.”

Your side hustle is exactly that — side. If you find it taking over your full-time job, that’s a sign that you need to find a different job to focus on what you’re truly passionate about.

We struggle with work-life balance, but we don’t want “balance.” Instead of working a 9-5 job you hate and spending the rest of your time doing something you love, we want to integrate our schedule so that work doesn’t feel like work. Except, we have bills to pay so we need to work.

My dad was telling me recently how society has regressed. “People a hundred years ago were working crazy hours and burning themselves out! This is why we have laws in place like minimum wage so that we can live leisurely when we’re not working! Now we choose to work so hard that we can’t enjoy it!”

Okay DAD, weren’t you forced to retire at 77 and aren’t you still actively looking for work while being bored out of your mind? Tell me more!!!

Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day is not as strenuous as manual labor. It can be mentally draining if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, but sitting more in front of another screen in the comfort of your own home to “relax” isn’t going to energize you — insert passion project.

Are you interested in pursuing a side hustle? Before you sign up for the next pyramid scheme to make a fast buck, ask yourself: What do you love? What are you good at? What will people pay you for?

Remember that one size does not fit all, and you choose your schedule. L’Oreal recommends maximizing your mornings, commutes, and your lunch. She also suggests batching your time, using the Pomodoro technique, and TASK lists.

You also don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Schedule social media posts with Hootsuite, schedule emails with Boomerang, and created graphics using Canva. Take advantage of apps like Trello, Evernote, Asana, or even your Notes if you’re like me and prefer keeping it simple. Don’t forget that there are tons of support systems — have you seen Facebook groups?! #supportissexy

As always, the sooner you realize you don’t have to live life the way you think you should, the sooner you can live the life you actually want.

Need a hype girl to keep you accountable as you pursue a #sidehustle? Holla — I gotchu!

++ Mary K

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