Hustle While You Wait
“All things come to those who hustle while they wait.” Edison’s quote gives us some insight into how this amazing man transformed the world, one idea at a time. Here are some ideas about how you too can change the world, even if you are not yet ready to make your big move.
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Everything comes to those who hustle while they wait -Thomas Edison
Thomas A. Edison was one of the most prolific inventors of all time. His inventions continue to shape our daily lives decades after his death in 1931. He fundamentally changed our lives by giving us indoor lighting, records, movies, batteries, and hundreds of other objects we have come to believe we can’t live without. He patented over 1,000 objects during his life. His advice to “hustle” while you wait gives us some insight into how he became a legend.
Many people who dream of changing their lives are in a “waiting” time in their lives. For financial or personal reasons they are not yet able to leave their current jobs, move to their preferred geographical area, or start that business they dream of.
During these waiting times you can do much to lay the foundation for your dreams. Here are some ideas that can get you started as you begin to move towards a life you compose rather than one you fell into:
*Research your dream job or business. Learn all that you can about it. You can easily become an expert about any topic in 3-6 months. Read, search the web, interview people who already work in the field, and do all that you can to learn about the history, trends and topics that are important in your field. When the time comes to move forward, you will have a solid knowledge base.
*Develop your network. Meet others who are in your chosen field. Nothing leads to success faster than having a solid support network in place. Don’t fear competition, just meet as many people as you can in that field. This networking will help you understand what it takes to succeed and give you the support you need to make those first steps.
Nothing increases learning faster than having a mentor who can show you the way. You will increase your confidence and your learning pace, and you may even get “lucky” and find a job or your first client.
Lay the groundwork. Write your business plan. Draft a press release. Outline your book. Learn how to design web pages. Any progress is movement forward and that momentum can help propel you towards the life of your dreams. As you develop skills and create the platform for your new life, new ideas and opportunities will come your way.
No matter where you are in developing the life of your dreams, you can “hustle” while you wait. Even if you have no idea what you want yet, you can create a foundation that will support your new life. No effort is wasted. The skills and knowledge you gain will fit into your new life in some way.
As I searched for my dream and mission I researched dozens of topics. I am consistently amazed at how many of those “dead ends” have helped me to develop my current business.
Learning how to edit, write copy, design web pages, research, and even cook have all helped me to build a stronger foundation for my roles as a life coach and infertility coach. Don’t wait for the perfect time to arrive, begin today to move forward and the universe will meet you with more opportunities than you can now imagine.
Money. Who couldn’t use a little bit more of it? Whether you’re saving for a down payment, planning a wedding, trying to pay down debt –ugh, will those student loans ever go away? – or putting some money.
Who couldn’t use a little bit more of it? Whether you’re saving for a down payment, planning a wedding, trying to pay down debt –ugh, will those student loans ever go away? – or putting some savings aside for a rainy day, a little bit of extra cash can go a long way.
Your day job might help you pay for the essentials. But a side hustle from home, that’s the game changer that’ll make a difference in your wallet while giving you the freedom you’ve always wanted. So here are the best side hustles that’ll help you make more money. Article by Nicole Martins Ferreira
What is a Side Hustle?
A side hustle is a way to make money outside of your 9 to 5 job. It allows you to make more money that’ll give you the freedom to pursue your passions, buy things you need or want, and lower any financial worries.
Truth is, most 9 to 5 jobs don’t pay the bills. Especially if you’re just starting out in your career.
When you calculate the cost of rent, food, transportation, you might realize that after your bills are paid you barely have anything leftover. What a bummer.
The worst part is that your financial growth is always capped. Maybe you get a bonus of a couple of hundred dollars a year with a 1% salary increase on your $30,000. But is that really enough to live the life you dream about? Maybe, but probably not.
So you start a side hustle to make a couple extra hundred or thousand dollars a month. Something that can either help you make more money today, tomorrow or five years from now. To change that $0 bank statement into something greater.
So let’s dive into the best side hustle ideas that’ll help you make more money, while working from home or on the road.
How to Develop a Successful Side Hustle
So you have decided that a side hustle from home is the best way for you to earn some extra money each month but you don’t know where to start. Look no further, we have a list of steps to follow for you to develop a successful side hustle today!
- Make a list of what you are interested in
You need to love what you are doing as a side hustle for it to be successful for you. This job will be done on your own time, and outside office hours if you have a day job, so it will take a lot of energy and motivation to make it stick. Only something that you are passionate about will drive you this much. Brainstorm side hustle ideas around your interests, hobbies, and skills to discover the best business to start.
- Decide early if you will invest money
Side hustles shouldn’t cost too much money but they may require some investment upfront for things like hosting, branding, and tools. You may decide that you want to do advertising to find your first customers. Whatever your growth and expansion plan is for your side hustle you need to be aware of your spend before it happens so plan your spending accordingly and measure your success to know whether you should continue.
- Make sure there are no conflicts of interest
If you have a day job or have connections that could lead to a conflict of interest with your side hustle then it is not a good idea to continue with it. Sometimes the best advice is to try something else or to shelf your idea for another time so that you don’t end up doing something you regret. Starting a side hustle with a conflict of interest could lead to costing lessons learned.
- Schedule time for your side hustle
A side hustle takes time out of your day, daily, so ensure everything is going right. It is not possible to set up your website, schedule your content, and forget about everything until next month. Set aside time in your calendar regularly for your side hustle and outline actionable goals for this time so you know what you are doing is valuable. If you have a day job, aim to give three to four evenings a week and perhaps some hours at the weekend to your side hustle, depending on what it is.
- Don’t forget about your day job
If you are setting up a side hustle while also having a day job, remember to put 100% of your energy into your day job when you are there. A side hustle will give you some money but you rely on a paycheck from your day job which you need to pay the bills with. Don’t try to juggle your day job and side hustle within your 9-5 hours as this is a recipe for disaster.