Side Hustle Suggestion 91: Proceed with caution

I really liked this piece by Phil Alves from startupnation.com.

The Worst Advice I Received
as an Aspiring Entrepreneur
(and What Was Actually Helpful
for Growing My Business)

The word cloud lists the three oft-quoted recommendations he takes on.

Even if you don’t agree with him, he makes some very salient points.

Have a good weekend, side hustlers! And try not to fake it! ;-]

Side Hustle Suggestion 89: Balancing side hustle with your job–3 tips

For those readers juggling both job and side hustle, bravo. (Of course, this being pandemic times, I’m sending you good vibes that you have a job.)

So, how to weave the hustle into your daily routine?

This 2018 article by CNBC’s Simon Slade offers 3 tips to make it work. (While I do supply key points, I encourage you to read the entire 800-word piece.)

Create specific hours.

“…even for just a half hour. Routine is key.”

Get comfortable with the word ’no’. 

“If you don’t have the bandwidth, don’t take it on.”

Look for crossover opportunities.

“When you find certain skills or activities that can serve both your side hustle and your full-time job, practice them.”

The author’s final point: Above all, maintain your own health and sanity. 

In this weird thing called 2020, AMEN!
(As I write this, I’m essentially a shut-in amidst hour 40
of smoke-filled skies and falling ash– a 99% shut-in.)

  • Hang in there, side hustlers or whatever you want to call yourselves.
  • I’ve been reading some stuff that questions the wisdom of all this extra hustle-related exertion–one of the reasons I posted this.
  • Either way, and for whatever reasons you’re going this route (short of shady deals), I’m in your corner.

Side Hustle Suggestion 88: When/if you’re stuck…

For me, yes, I’m stuck inside because the air is smoke-filled from the 50 mph winds pushing residue from the distant wildfires. So, I should be knocking it out of the park. Instead…blah. Just lip-diddling and finding any possible reason to not produce.

Finally, I opened the laptop and Googled ‘side hustlers stuck’.

Result–an 8-minute Pep Talk for Side Hustlers, episode 90 from Shannon Mattern.

Feeling stuck? Here’s what to do instead.

A valuable excerpt:

THE ONLY WAY TO FAIL IS BY DOING NOTHING.

  • So what if I pitch myself and no one books me?
  • So what if I start a YouTube Channel and no one watches it?
  • So what if I write a book and no one reads it?
  • So what if I start a podcast and no one listens?
  • So what if it takes me a year to transform my body?
  • I know that I have something of value to share. And I know I can help people change their lives. And I won’t let the Bully in My Head stop me.

Side Hustle Suggestion 87: Overnight Success, Well Not Quite (Chris Guillebeau’s Free 2009 Book)

Greetings, side hustlers.

I was overdue to link you to a freebie and there are plenty out there, but I chose to revisit Suggestion #17—

279 Days to Overnight Success, Chris Guillebeau’s second manifesto–this one detailing his nine-month journey to becoming a full-time writer–offers much guidance and advice that still applies today.

I like linking to the Goodreads ‘quotes from the book’ pages, but I couldn’t find one for 279 Days.

Instead, check out this overview and breakdown from businessbackpacker.com. Good stuff.

Suggestion 85: Heed your ‘Surge Capacity’.

I ran across this piece in medium.com and I thought about you side hustlers who are not only driving forward with your hustles, but taking on the challenges of the current pandemic, as well.

Defined in this second story as the ‘ability to adapt to intensely stressful situations’, our surge capacity has certainly been put to the test.

I added the story from the TV station in case you have too many hoops to jump through to read the medium.com piece. Plus, the interviewee gives good information.

Bottom line: Take care of yourselves, hustlers.

U.S. readers: Enjoy this Labor Day weekend, weird as it might feel compared to other years. Non-U.S. readers: Hey! Create your own Labor Day weekend! Relax and find time for fun.