You Know More Than You Think!

As I’ve been working on all things side hustle related, the more I’ve questioned my own side hustle. I love helping others figure out the best side hustle for them, and I have plenty of experience because I have my own side hustle. So…in the process, I’ve realized maybe my other side hustle isn’t the best one for me.

You’ve heard it over and over I’m sure… do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Well, sounds like a good plan, right? I don’t know about you, but I’ve discovered that can be a little more daunting than it sounds.

Sometimes you may love what you do, but there are other things that go along with the job you might not be so crazy about. Maybe you loved it when you started, but umpteen years later it doesn’t seem so shiny anymore, or your life has changed and it doesn’t fit the lifestyle you want.

I love major aspects of my full time job, helping people, solving problems and essentially, getting to create things. But not being on my own time schedule, traveling when it may not be convenient for me, and all the rest of the things that go with a full time job is not as shinny as it was 30 years ago.

I’m sure I’m not alone!

So, then we go looking for a side hustle. For many, maybe it will stay just that, a side hustle, but maybe you want to turn it into a full time business…. and you still want to love it!

There in lines the rub… finding the right side hustle that involves something you love to do, OR, discovering something new that fits your skills and falling in love with it.

I LOVE quilting, and before that I loved cross stitch! In the mid-90’s my husband I started an online cross stitch store, Northern Needle, Inc. The goal was to turn it into a full time business for me. Didn’t take long for it to run in the black, but…. a couple things were holding us back.

  1. The time commitment when both of us had full time jobs. We managed it fine when we were at home, but didn’t work very well when we wanted to take a vacation. We were very customer centered and couldn’t imagine putting up a page saying we aren’t shipping for a week.
  2. Control – yep, we were both particular about how things were done, and looking back now, we had control issues. We ran the business from our home, and couldn’t imagine how we were going to hire someone to help us when we couldn’t do it all.
  3. Mindset – I didn’t know it at the time, but looking back this was a problem at the end. We both had really great jobs and we couldn’t imagine the business growing big enough to replace one of those jobs. Therefore we weren’t willing to take the risk of renting a space outside of our home so we were in a position to hire others to help us.

So… we eventually closed it. It was doing something I loved, but it wasn’t working into our lifestyle at that time.

You might be asking what does this have to do with knowing more than you think you do???

Well, fast forward to today, and I’m still trying to find that ‘do what you love’ side hustle that I can hopefully turn into a full time business.

I quilt, and so many people have told me, make quilts for people. NO!!! Sorry, but that’s trading time for money, and people have no idea the time that goes into making a quilt and they sure aren’t going to pay me enough to make it worth my time if I want to replace my full time job.

Then I was on a call last Tuesday with my friend Angela… and my world was rocked! She had the words I needed to hear, when I needed to hear them, and I “got it!”

I bet you have skills, like I do, that you think of as no big deal. You think that way because for you, they aren’t a big deal. You’ve gained those skills because of your full time job, natural abilities, or hobbies.

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

  • A hobby you’re really good at (and hopefully love)
    • Photography
    • Quilting
    • Needlework
    • Painting
    • Baking/cooking
  • Spreadsheets and data
  • Teaching
  • Graphics
  • Marketing
  • Website development

Sit down and make a list of all the things you’re good at, don’t think about how you could monetize them, or if you think it’s “no big deal”, just make the list.

Then go back and put stars or check marks, or in some fashion ‘score’ them by how much you love doing them.

I bet the list is longer than you figured it would be!

Here’s the part that I was struggling with, and I’m guessing you are too. So what!?!? How do I turn what I love into something that will provide enough value that others will want to pay for it. For me, I also don’t want to just trade my time for dollars, then it’s no different from my needlework store, or making quilts. If I’m not putting in the time, I don’t get paid. That isn’t going to fit the lifestyle I’m trying to build – time flexibility and working from anywhere

With that said, maybe you’re in a position that doing what you love and trading time for $ is a good fit and just getting paid anything to do what you love is great. THEN DO IT!!!

It’s funny how I’ve talked about it before in examples for what others could do, and yet still couldn’t envision it in my own life with the skills I have.

Teach others what you know!!

Create an eBook or video on how to do those fancy things with spreadsheets (like those fun pivot tables?!), or bake the perfect cake, or take the most amazing sunset photo.

I’m guessing you’re thinking just what I was… “why would someone pay me for learning something that is so readily free on YouTube or anywhere else on the Internet?”

Because of YOU!! What YOU, and only YOU bring to the table. How many times have you been to a class, read a book, watched a video on how to do something and you still didn’t “get it?” Yep, me too. In college I got a D in calculus one quarter (and I was a math major – whoops!) Had to retake it the next quarter with a different instructor – whole different experience!! One wanted me to memorize equations, which I’ve never been good at, and the other instructor explained why the equations were what they were… and I got it!

You are going to bring your own unique personality and way of sharing that no one else can bring to the table.

You aren’t going to be able to just go out and build a course or an ebook and sell it right off the bat. Nope, you’re going to have to give a lot of stuff away for free and show people what you have to offer first. Then when you have a great following of people (the know, like and trust factor), when you put out an offer of some amazing top-notch training at a cost, you’ll have many more people stepping up and saying Yes. I’ll be talking more about that another time.

Do I have the wheels spinning yet? What do you lay awake at night thinking about, wondering how you can do that all the time and still make some money? What will get you out of bed at “oh my gosh, it’s still dark out” because you’re so excited to work on it?

Once you’ve figured it out… take action!!! I was so excited after my ahhhh moment that I went out and got my YouTube channel setup (Wendy J Haney) and did my introductory video. SO EXCITED!!! Check out my video here:

Let me know in the comments what you came up with, or what you’ve already figured out is your passion and you’re working to turn it it into something bigger.

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