I received complimentary prAna clothing. All thoughts and opinions in Tips for Starting a Side Hustle are my own.
These days it seems everyone has some kind of side hustle. Whether that be an extra job on the side of your full-time career or an extra job on the side of being a parent. If you’ve got a side hustle, and are feeling overwhelmed, these are my tips for you!
Some days I stand back and look at my life and wonder just how I manage to fit it all in. Between mothering, being a good wife, and the many side hustles I’m running I just laugh – and sometimes I cry. The crying usually only comes when I forget to plan effectively and follow these tips for staying afloat with a side hustle.
Tips for Your Side Hustle
Start The Morning Early
When you get up early, before the kids, and spend a little time on yourself you are better mentally prepared for your side hustle. Research shows that early risers anticipate problems sooner and can minimize their effects. When you’re running side hustles throughout your day, being able to see those problems before they hit can be key to staying afloat and feeling like quitting. Grab a cup of your favorite drink – hot cocoa here – a pen and paper, and spend the early hours preparing for your day.
Get Dressed for the Day
It can be so easy when you’re working from home to stay snuggled in those pajamas. After all, they’re warm and comfortable, and no one’s going to see you anyways right? By getting dressed every day you’re telling yourself it’s time to get to work. Getting dressed doesn’t mean you have to give up that comfortable feeling though. I love these Mantra Pant and Penelope Pullover from prAna. Giving me a sense of style while still feeling comfortable is key for my mental state when getting down to work. Nothing distracts more than clothes that are itchy or too tight. prAna makes their clothing from sustainable materials like Hemp and Organic Cotton – and they are super comfy!
Change the Scenery
For most of us, our side hustle is spent in a home office. If our side hustle is the result of earning extra income on top of being a parent like mine, then chances of getting out of the house seem to be few and far between. Make it a point to change up your scenery. Head to your favorite cafe with wifi or the local library. Often the new scenery will inspire you and help get past any business blocks you’ve run into. If you are already dressed for the day this will be even easier to do. The Mantra Pant despite being comfy with a stretchy waist, looks like business attire. So no matter where you wear them – at home or out – you’ll look professional.
Be Socially Responsible
Give back to your family, your community and the world when you can. A simple place to start is filling your closet with clothes that support fair trade and sustainable practices like prAna. This clothing line was built for the entrepreneur, as evidenced by their purpose to “pursue sustainable, traceable, and responsible action to protect our environment and inspire the adventurous spirit”. I believe all entrepreneurs and side hustlers are spurred on by that adventurous spirit. Once your side hustle is going well consider donating to your favorite charity. It will make you feel good.
Running a side hustle usually means no set hours. You run your business in any spare moment you have. Don’t forget to clock out. I’m off the clock when the kids get home until they go to bed. I then take another 2 hours to work. I shut down before going to my room, and work stays out of the bedroom. Taking these breaks allows your mind the freedom to explore new ideas that can be put in place during the next day’s work hours.
Do you have a side hustle? Tell me about it in the comments!
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