Raise your hand if your current job 100% fulfils the desires and motivations that enticed you into that career?
Ok, try this one.
Raise your hand if your skills, talents and passions are being used to their full potential?
I’m guessing that’s still a no. Right?
You’re not alone. And it’s not just the boredom and disillusionment at work that’s driving you crazy right now, it’s probably affecting your health too.
Feeling bored and demotivated at work can be one of the early signs of burnout.
And you might be surprised to hear that burnout isn’t just about feeling exhausted. Other symptoms include:
feeling ineffective – like nothing you do is ever good enough
feelings of cynicism and detachment
catching every cold, virus and infection going
stress, anxiety and depression
lack of productivity and poor performance
Burnout is a serious issue, but let’s move away from the corporate effects for a minute and focus on you.
Stress is one of the biggest killers of creativity.
It’s all to do with that fight or flight response we’ve carried with us since our cave-dwelling times. Burnout prevents us from turning it off. The stress hormone cortisol is rampaging around the body and preventing the peace and quiet necessary for creative juices to flow.
And sometimes it’s not being able to be creative that adds to the stress, kicking off a vicious circle of disappointment and depression.
The thing is, you probably don’t hate your career all that much. But you know that you will if things don’t change.
That’s why you need to be starting your side hustle right now and swap the stress for creative success.
Think back to why you decided on your current career or job position.
It sparked your interest because it was centred around something you’re passionate about, right? Whether that’s helping other people, being creative, sharing your knowledge, or simply stretching your skills and ambitions.
And you’re not bored and fed up because you’ve lost your love for what you do.
But your passion, skills and expertise have been shoved aside by corporate monotony, ridiculous deadlines, and irritating bosses.
It’s time to inject some fun back into your life and bring that passion back to the forefront of what you do.
Starting a side hustle is a great way of finding a new creative outlet, generating a second revenue stream and eventually, moving away from corporate monotony to a business designed around you.
Building a business by design enables you to have the work-life balance you really want.
Take a few moments to dream about the life you want to be living right now.
What does it look like?
Are you still working for your current boss? Or are you now the badass boss everyone is looking up to?
Do you have a great income working for someone else, or an amazing one working for yourself?
Now, map it out on paper (or on screen, if you prefer). Get as visual and creative as you want to. This is your future you’re planning!
So, what steps are you going to take to get there?
Work backwards from your dream lifestyle to where you are now. Does it seem impossible?
Starting a side hustle is your first step to the new life you want to lead. Think of it as a baby business venture that will grow into the kind of employment you’ve always dreamed about.
And you can get started without having to quit the day job.
So here are my top tips on getting that side hustle off the ground.
Decide what you want your side hustle to be
- What are you passionate about and want to base your business around?
- Do you have any particular skills you want to be using more?
- What are you already doing and what to be doing more of?
- What do you want to share with the world? Your voice, your art, your compassion?
Ponder over those questions for a moment and you’ll find the problem you want to solve for other people, the skills you already have for doing it and what makes you stand out from everyone else.
Use this information to figure out the services you can offer to your target audience, i.e. the people you want to help.
Start small and be flexible
Your initial ideas probably aren’t going to work as well as you’d hope, so you need to be flexible and adapt what you do to suit the needs of your customers.
This means starting small, and scaling up when demand has made itself known.
Don’t throw lots of cash at one idea (no matter how amazing it might be). This is the trial and error you can afford to take whilst you still have your day job and a fixed income. So, enjoy experimenting with different ideas, testing what works on your target audience, and having fun with it!
Treat your side hustle as a business
Your side hustle isn’t a hobby.
If you want to make money from it and scale it into a full-time business, you need to take it seriously from the beginning.
That means making a plan and sticking to it.
Researching your target audience and testing the market
Promoting what you do to more than just friends and family
Thinking ahead – how are you going to scale it up, and when.
One of the most important aspects of creating a successful side hustle is to have smart goals. Be specific and set achievable goals that are easy to measure, realistic and time-limited.
Ok, starting a side hustle isn’t easy. It takes hard work, dedication and passion for what you do. You know, the same things you put into your career before it started to grind you down. The thing is, I know you can do it. You can start a creative side hustle that you’re truly passionate about, and you should do it, right now!
So, pull on your Big Girl Pants and become a Badass Boss today with my 5-day side hustle challenge. Trust me, you won’t be looking back!