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Balancing a fulltime job whilst working on your side hustle

I know many of you are reading this because what you really want to be doing with your time, is working in your wedding or event business, full-time and we want that too. We just love it when our Graduates achieve their goal of launching a business; queue pom poms, marching band and horns!  But, completing a course isn’t the only thing that is going to make this dream, your reality.
A business takes work and sacrifice and sometimes that sacrifice is staying in your full, or part-time job, whilst working on your side hustle.  Some of the biggest names in the industry have done just this and agree that this can actually be one of the key components of your success; because it means you can focus on building a great business, without the pressure of it needing to support you in the early days.

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Real World Inspiration

In this interview with One Wedding Wish founder Joanie she shares with us her own experience of building her very successful business, whilst still working full-time.
Marie Forleo has a great Q & A Video in which she helps a viewer who is feeling conflicted about taking on a full-time job whilst trying to also focus on becoming a successful author.  In this video, Marie also refers to an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert who made a pact with her creativity when she was just 15 and the pact was that she would never ask it to support her, she would always support it.
“But to yell at your creativity, saying, “You must earn money for me!” is sort of like yelling at a cat; it has no idea what you’re talking about, and all you’re doing is scaring it away, because you’re making really loud noises and your face looks weird when you do that.”  ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

So will I never make money out of my creative business?

No that is not what I am saying.  Your ultimate goal is for your side hustle to be financially viable, but in the very early days of your business, it is unfair to expect it to support you, so you have to be able to support it.  In these early days, you want to pour all of your creativity into building your business, so it can become a financially viable business.

For some of us this will come down to a supportive partner and good budgeting, for others it might savings, or money you have ‘come into’.  And for others, it will mean working at a day job to pay the bills and working on your side hustle when you have time.  This is the really practical, grown-up side of building a business. Yes, it is creative and inspiring and takes passion, but those bills, still have to be paid.

Well not quite.  Working on your side hustle in your spare time, won’t be easy.  It is going to eat up some of your time and energy and as Marie Forleo says, that could get messy. But if you want it, you can do it. And you will come out of the experience with the knowledge that you know how to work hard to get what you want; that is a key business skill that you didn’t have to get an MBA to acquire!

You will also have a business with strong foundations, because it has been nurtured into existence, rather than screamed at and abandoned within 1 year because it’s not making you money.

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3 Tips for feeling good about your side hustle

Set realistic expectations

Because you are working on your side hustle and working in another job, you have to accept that it may take longer for your business to take off and tell you its time to kick that job to the kerb and move into your business full time.  But that is ok.  As long as you are moving forward with your new business, you are achieving your goals.  It is good to challenge yourself, but be realistic too and whilst you are at it, give yourself a pat on the back regularly for giving this all you have got!

Be organised with your time

The time you have to work on your side hustle is limited, so it’s important that you plan for how you are going to use the time you have. Don’t wait until the mood strikes. Set times for working on your business and each time you sit down, have a plan for what you are going to achieve. Being disciplined about how you use your free time will help you to achieve the most out of the time you have to work on your business. Yes, you will have to give up some of your free time to make this work!

Focus on one idea at a time

Most of us who are creative and driven to have our business tend to have a lot of bright ideas buzzing around in our heads at the one time.  I speak from experience when I say, one idea at a time, please.  This really applies to any of us trying to do more than one big thing at a time but is very important for those of you who are trying to get your side hustle off the ground, whilst working in a day job.  If you really believe in this idea you are trying to get off the ground, give it as much time as you can and don’t make it compete with a day job and another side hustle.

Your Next Step

My name is Christine and I love talking to people about building big beautiful businesses. If you are interested in studying with the Academy so you can launch a business but have questions, contact me.  If you are ready to get working on your dream and think your first side hustle should be a course, visit our Regional Sites and choose a campus near you to contact one of our Course and Career Advisors.


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