What I Wish I Knew Before Taking My Side Hustle Full Time
I didn’t even realize I had a side hustle going on and once I did realize it, I had no idea I could take it full time. When I started designing it was seriously just for fun. I loved creating graphics for myself, media kits, and I was always experimenting with different logo ideas. Once people started asking me to make stuff for them I realized it was so fun and then eventually I realized it was completely fulfilling and something that I loved to do. So, the side hustle started. I was working my side hustle in between my college classes and sometimes even during my college classes. This passion continued to grow to the point where I was choosing if I was going to work on my side hustle during the day and finish my homework late at night or vice versa. December 2018 was slow approaching, the day that I would officially have my degree, and I had to make the choice if I was going to pursue this side hustle full time or if I was going to jump into the 9 to 5 lifestyle. And if you are reading this post, you probably can tell what I chose to do! But there are some thing that I wish I did know before turning this side hustle into a full time job.
I didn’t even realize I had a side hustle going on and once I did realize I had no idea I could take it full time.
01. Wait, I am still going to have a schedule?
I have no idea why on earth I thought I wasn’t going to have a schedule. I thought I would wake up with ease, work when I felt like it, and finish when I wanted. Now don’t get me wrong, I definitely do have days like that sometimes, but for the most part I am on a schedule. Ever since I started completely booking months, I knew I had to figure out a way to be productive during the day and not just work whenever. Now my schedule is still a work in progress but it goes a little something like this: wake up around 8:00 am, have my morning coffee and read a chapter of my book, start working from around 9:00 am until 2:00pm, go to the gym, come home and work some more. I wrap up my days typically around 6:00 pm. A schedule has changed my life. I don’t know what kind of juice I was drinking when I thought I didn’t need one.
02. So I’m not always going to be inspired?
This is something that hit me hard. I didn’t realize I would have slow, uninspiring weeks. I thought I would constantly be inspired with the internet at my fingertips. But that is just not how the cookie always crumbles. Some weeks I am at a complete inspiration loss. I don’t know why it happens but it does. No matter how many hours I spend scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest nothing strikes. What I have learned to do in a time like this is to actually get off the internet. I started journaling when I feel uninspired, I read a chapter of the current book I’m reading, or I go work out. Taking a break from looking at all the pretty things that the internet has to offer actually helps me more when I’m having a slow weeks.
03. It can be lonely
I love my alone time. I love just embracing the quiet, listening to a podcast, or signing my heart out as I work. But, working for yourself can get lonely, or you can totally get cabin fever. Whenever I feel myself getting squirmish or I feel to cooped I know it’s time for a break. I tend to usually go to the gym or run out for coffee. Something that I would love to start implementing is working 1-2 days a week at a coffee shop for a few hours but thats still a work in progress.
The role of running your own business and working for yourself is extremely fulfilling and I love everything about it. I fall a bit more in love with it each day. But these are some of the things I realized when taking my side hustle full time.