Get That Money: Side Hustlin and the Introvert
Nowadays, I have found that jobs are not very secure. And since not many of my friends and family know what it is that I do for work, I decided to dedicate this episode to the art of the side hustle.
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What is a side hustle?
It is a job that you have, in addition to your 9-5, to make some extra money. Whether it be temp/seasonal job or all-year; online or in-person. There are many reasons why you may want to consider starting a side hustle:
Pay off debt
Try a new skillset
Use a talent you don’t get to use very often
Build a nest egg
Create something that eventually will replace your 9 to 5.
Side hustles-turned-full-hustles are perfect for introverts because you are on your own schedule. For example, I can wake up at 6am and stay in bed reading until 8am without having to answer to a boss. I can go to the grocery store in the middle of a Tuesday, or take a nap if my body needs it. Plus, since everyone else is stuck in a cubicle for 8 hours, I can stay in my own Introvert’s Bubble without any interruptions (see what I did there?).
So you think you are ready to begin your side hustle, but are not 100% sure? Let me help you out by asking the following questions:
Do you have a financial goal in mind?
How much time do you have to commit?
Once you have asked yourself those questions and want to begin, it’s easiest to start with your hobbies and see if you can solve a problem for others in that field. For example, I found that the leggings that aerialists were wearing didn’t fit most body types (those with hips and booties, for example). So I decided to learn how to make my own and designed them with fun patterns that don’t stretch and distort. I wore then to class and guess what? People started asking about them, and I started selling them!
There are so many resources out there that teach and preach about hustling. My personal favorite is Making a Living Without a Job by Barbara Winters. This books brings you back to the basics about how to build your business with good customer service. I also love to listen podcasts; my favorites being, “Smart Passive Income” by Pat Flynn and “The Strategy Hour” by the Think Creative Collective.
And since I definitely love me some Pinterest, I have tons of boards that are dedicated to creating your own side-hustle, plus business advice for creatives and introverts like you.
The bottom line is, I think everyone should have a side hustle, even if it is only for one month out of the year. You deserve the money, and the freedom to enjoy the beautiful things in your life.