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How to be all in with your 9 to 5 career and have a side hustle

Two best friends started a business together while each pursuing their corporate careers. This week they tell Coach Tish how they did it.

Believe it or not, not everyone is exhausted and tired of their work. There are some who are simply happy where they are. But being satisfied doesn’t always mean you don’t want more from your career, and that’s where the founders of HYVE Eyewear ended up before they started their company. There was no work crisis or professional exhaustion pushing them to embark on a secondary activity; they were just two friends who wanted more from their careers and decided to pursue it together.

“We are in the business world, but we have a very creative spirit. And I think our corporate jobs have pretty much helped us to really develop our entrepreneurial spirit. It’s already ingrained in us because we’ve always known we wanted to elevate our purpose and do something on our own,” said Ahsh Murphy, co-founder of HYVE.

So they set out to develop a business that would elevate people’s eyewear style and give them a boost of confidence. There were no bold moves in their corporate jobs while this was happening. On the contrary, each became even sharper in their careers because of the entrepreneurial spirit they brought to the office every day.

“Your senses are heightened. So when you take that back to your corporate work, you always bring up that whole aura of, I have to make it happen, I have to make sure I’m on top of my game. So I think that keeps you on your toes. I think it actually makes you better and more fulfilled at what you do,” Murphy said.

Mika Bright, co-founder of HYVE, thinks you’re more strategic in your day-to-day approach to your career when you’re entrepreneurial.

“You are performing better. And I think we do better when we know it’s not the end, right? Sometimes we can say to ourselves “this is the end, I have no way out”. It’s not your end. It is only a means to an end. So you can go, you can be happy and your whole perspective is totally different because you have something else going on,” she said.

Bright and Murphy each handle the separation of their business and career differently. Bright prefers to keep her side hustle private (though she says her co-workers would love to hear she’s the founder of an eyewear line) while Murphy is open about HYVE.

“My corporate job is sales, so I’m in front of people all day talking and doing different things. And so the culture of my job is very welcoming and very open and so I’ve shared that with them, and I felt comfortable doing it,” she shared, noting the support she gained by doing it. “Almost everyone on my team bought a pair of sunglasses, a couple. They are regular buyers,” Murphy added.

The founders of HYVE talk more about what they did differently early in their company and how you can take your idea and make it a reality on this week’s episode of “The Reset with Coach Tish.” Watch the full interview above.

Letisha Bereola thegrio.com

Letisha Bereola is a life coach who helps ambitious women overcome burnout and achieve their career goals so they feel great at work and happy at home. She is an EMMY-nominated former television news anchor, AUDACITY podcast host, and public speaker. Learn more: www.coachtish.co

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