This year is huge for all the people side hustling and turning it into a full time business. First of all:
Congratulations on taking the leap!
And it is a leap. It can be hard to start committing to something full time, especially after it being relegated to an “after work” activity or on the back burner. Bringing your focus to your side hustle, especially enough to turn it full time, is amazing.
Bu the hard work is just starting.
Unfortunately, the hard work is just beginning. I’m sure you’re feeling it now: the pressure to MAKE IT ALL WORK. The feeling that turning your hobby into a full time activity means you’re doing a bunch of things you may not want to be doing, but that comes with the business owning territory.
Your new year is full of new and exciting things like:
Bookkeeping and keeping track of income
Managing a client pipeline and schedule
Creating unique messaging and reaching new people online and in person
While some of this is what gets you excited, sometimes you feel like there’s just too many things going on. Suddenly, you’re always busy. There doesn’t seem to be any time for the work you actually want to be doing (your side hustle) or you’re having a hard time actually DOING THE WORK instead of WORKING THE BUSINESS.
Based on my own experience, here are my top three tips for taking your side hustle to full time.
Turning your side hustle into full time is just one way you’ve started doing this. However, now you need to be extra mindful of how you’re spending your time and money. You need to focus on what is “worth it” for your business, which should be where you’re generating your revenue.
Create a vision.
Understand where you want your full time business to go and what you want to spend your time doing. Have an idea of how many clients that means you need, or how many t-shirts you need to sell. Have a vision for what your work includes and meaningful goals that you’re working towards.
Remember it’s all going to come together.
If you’re working toward your goals, seeing progress, and still freaking out and feeling like the rug is being pulled out from under you – tell yourself, “It’s all going to come together.” It may not be today, or tomorrow. But you never know when your next tactic or meeting brings it all together for you and your business!