Hey, co-worker: how do I turn my side hustle into a full-time gig?

It will be tough, but one of the most rewarding journeys ever.

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Hello, colleague:

I have a full time job but have been selling handmade products on Etsy for a while. I love it more than my daily job. I want to quit my job to do it full time but I don’t have much experience. I don’t have much spare money either. What can I do?

– Anonymous


A job pays your bills, but a side hustle builds your future.

We start side hustle because it’s usually something we’re passionate about. Whether it’s selling plants, creating art, knitting baby clothes, coaching or writing, we absolutely love it.

But when is it time to make it a business?

Entrepreneurship is not for everyone.

Don’t get sucked into the illusion of success because not everyone has the same dream.

Some people want to make millions – or billions. It’s OK if you do.

But not everyone needs a ridiculous amount of money to be happy without having time to enjoy life.

Some people just want to earn enough to fund their lifestyle and live comfortably while maintaining a good work-life balance.

How to discover your motivations

You need to know exactly what you want to get what you want.

If you can imagine your future and the person you want to become, you can work backwards to achieve it. This is how your unconscious works.

There is a bit of science behind manifesting – it is a process that takes effort but I know it works because I have manifested everything in my life.

First, you need to define success.

The most important question: what does success mean to me?

Pull out our journals and start exploring these questions.

Going deep. I dare you.

  • What kind of person do I want to be? (No one really knows what he wants to do, but he knows the person he wants to be).
  • How do I want others to feel?
  • How much money do I want to earn?
  • What am I trying to prove? Myself? Others? (Go in depth on this one even if it hurts to admit it.)
  • What will a day in my life look like? (Visualize and write this in detail as a story.)
  • What do I like to do in my free time?
  • Am I ready to be uncomfortable?

Start building your plans around your answers.

How to turn your side business into a business

Now that you have understood that you are ready for entrepreneurship, come and have a look.

I’m not going to water it down; It’s going to be tough, but it’ll be a wild ride and one of the most rewarding journeys you’ll ever have.

Let me warn you, this journey may take years. If you want quick results, you will fail in life. Good things happen to those who are patient and can understand the value of delayed gratification. Think compound interest – you’ll see the same return on investment in your business with consistent hard work.

Entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart, but the beauty of it is that you’ll develop an iron mindset along the way if you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone.

1) Lay the foundations

Stepping into the unknown is scary and your primal mind will always be the one holding you back because all it sees is “danger”. Your brain hates anything it doesn’t understand because familiarity means survival. Most people succumb to their monkey mind and never step out of this familiarity – the famous “comfort zone”.

To make it easier to understand your mind, set yourself up for success by:

  • Know your numbers. Don’t quit your current job unless you have enough savings to last up to six months.
  • Support. Make sure you have a strong support system of family or friends. Alternatively, you can register online entrepreneurial communities where many others build in public.
  • Priorities. You may need to learn the basics of a new skill, so make sure you have a good calendar system to plan the time.

2) Stay persistent in finding your passion so you can do what you love

The secret to finding your passions is not what you think.

Passions are not found. They are developed.

Once you’ve developed your passion, do some in-depth research to understand your market. Customers are the lifeblood of any business, so you need to have a clear target of who your ideal customer will be.

3) Make it a daily habit

When the behaviors have been hardwired into your brain, there is no resistance. You don’t have to “force” yourself to do it anymore.

Only pure execution.

4) Develop an upsetting mindset

Stop taking conventional business advice.

Elon Musk, Martin Luther King, Napoleon and countless personalities we have all heard of think outside the box, hence why they are able to achieve great things.

A contrarian mind is a creative mind.

It is a mind that does not think in a straight line but laterally — sideways and in all directions. After all, creativity is not linear. They don’t do it because it’s a “hipster” trend to be different, but they really want to make a positive contribution to the world.

Change requires different outcomes, starting with unorthodox ways of thinking.

It will trigger a lot of people.

People will resist. People will see them as a threat uprooting the way they have always understood their narrow view of the little bubbles they have formed.

But that’s because these people don’t think and see the world like everyone else. They go against popular opinion.

You can learn to think laterally by:

  • Stay curious. Read and write as much as you can. Spend more time asking questions than talking about yourself.
  • Get out of your bubble. Travel with the intention of experiencing different lifestyles and cultures.
  • Configure your environment for success. Surround yourself with the people you want to become.
  • Stay on top of the game. Identify economic trends and shifts as new opportunities are constantly emerging.
  • Embodying an abundance mindset. Do not live in fear, lack and scarcity. If you want to be successful, you have to understand that everyone around you has to be successful.

Since you are a budding entrepreneur, here is an idea for you:

Did you know that the “solopreneur” movement is the next big thing?

Leading teams can be a hassle and may not be your thing. You don’t need billions of dollars to prove yourself and fund your lifestyle. Depending on your industry, you can easily hire remote contractors on Upworks to grow your business. With the world at your fingertips, anything is possible with a little creativity and ingenuity.

Since you’re new, start small and only scale up when you’re ready.

5) Build in public

Having support makes entrepreneurship easier as it can be an extremely lonely road.

On top of that, you’re building your own personal brand and inspiring others along the way.

To hide your success is to live to live in scarcity.

Rarity means “lack”. You might be afraid that other people around you will succeed because they will be ahead of you. You don’t want to feel left out.

It may be a hard truth to hear, but the reason most people don’t share their journey and hide behind the pretense of “being humble” is because they’re afraid people will see them fail. .

I respect those who want privacy, but encourage everyone to be authentic and question their true intentions.

Think about it – how do we get inspired by it?

We read books. We watch the news or documentaries about how successful people are. We listen to podcasts featuring experts. We attend TedTalks and conferences. There’s a reason personal development is a billion dollar industry and why ‘gurus’ like Tony Robbins are successful. They share and teach from experience.

If you have a problem with that, you are living in scarcity.

Success is created by sharing stories because successful people have failed countless times. When we don’t openly share this journey, we give success the false illusion that the path is from point A to point B – it’s false and unreachable.

Sharing is living in abundance because success and money are not lacking in the world.

Living in abundance means you embody the paradigm that there is enough money in the world for everyone, so you want everyone around you to be successful.

We live in a cyclical universe and there is room for everyone. We must give back what we take.

6) Pretend until you make it

Pretend until you do that he’s not who you think he is.

What this really means is believing in yourself: self-confidence.

You believe in yourself to be able to get things done – learn the skills you need to achieve your goals and keep going when the going gets tough.

Belief leads to trust, which leads to momentum.

Momentum is necessary because it helps with consistency.

To be successful in anything, consistency is absolutely necessary.

Start by believing in yourself.

7) Prioritize health

There is no wealth without health.

If you are self-sabotaging yourself to achieve your goals, please go back to step one to redefine what success means to you.

The take-out sale

  1. Lay the foundation.
  2. Stay persistent in finding your passion so you can do what you love.
  3. Make it a daily habit.
  4. Develop an upsetting mindset.
  5. Build in public.
  6. Pretend until you get there.
  7. Priority to health.

So. I hope I have given you tools and mindset changes to help you start this exciting path to entrepreneurship!

Now it’s up to you because as I always like to remind myself, “no one comes to save you but yourself”.

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