First of all, let me start by saying I love my corporate day job. And I’m darn good at it. But about five years ago when I attended my first Lisa Nichols Speak and Write to Make Millions workshop, I learned the importance of having multiple revenue streams. In other words, a side hustle. Or two. Or three.
Now I’m incredibly institutionalized, which means I like getting a regular paycheck. And bonus checks. And getting paid even when I’m sick. I like having a set number of vacation days, even though my company recently switched to “unlimited” vacation days. (Like I’m ever going to take an excessive amount of days off.) But having an additional cushion is not only nice, it can also be a lifesaver in the event life … well … happens. Anyone out there ever been downsized at any point in your career? Or know of someone who has? Uh-huh.
Lend me your ear, countrymen. You must have a side hustle, or another stream of revenue, coming in. If anything, it will give you some leverage.
If you’re the person working the nine-to-five accountant gig to keep the lights on, but you really want to be a children’s book illustrator, then now is the time to leverage. You don’t need to quit your day job to get started. Rather, as Lisa likes to share, think of your current employer as an investor in not just your dreams but in your career. You need money for art supplies or art programs, right? Take a portion of your “investor’s” check, say “Thank you, ma’am. May I have another?” and buy the heck outta those supplies and get to hustling on illustrating those books. It’s the best of both worlds.
Exhausting? You betcha. But it’s exhilarating bringing your dreams to life while others sleep and simply dream. You know, another thing that’s also pretty neat about this is that there is another person in the world somewhere who wants to be a full-time of children’s book author and needs you and your illustrations. If you seek them out, they will appear.
Sometimes we get in our own way when it comes to taking action on our dreams. We make things all complicated. And then we get overwhelmed and don’t do anything. This is why I created my 2018 Is a Great Year for Eating Pink Elephants Vision Board Planner (which it’s not too late to purchase right here, by the way). It helps you break down your most aspirational goals—I call them Pink Elephants—into small bites, or micro-tasks, you can do each day toward achieving your goal. And guess what? I did it at night! Well, actually between 2:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. every morning. I know. I know. Sounds awful. But you know what? I created this website, the blogs, the speaking gig, and my affirmation cards, etc., while you lay there dreaming about it. JS.
If you want to truly simplify things, you MUST read Side Hustle From Idea to Income in Just 27 Days . No other book on the market that I’ve read made it so easy to get a gig up and running in just 27 days. I did it! And grossed $2,500 my first time out of the box. A. Must. Read!
If you want to join a service but aren’t sure where or how to go about it, you can always create a profile on a freelance site like Fiverr.com or 99Designs.com or Upwork.com, all of which manifest the symbiotic side hustle I just described. I used 99 Designs and Upwork to bring my dreams to life with the proofreaders, copywriters, and graphic designers I found there who help me create my products and services. Many of them live light years away. So even when I am sleeping, they’re working on my projects for me. How cool is that?
Here is a great list of other things you can do at Sidehustlenation.com.
No matter what you do, please remember to have patience. There’s a reason people say Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Let me know what you think about the book and if it got you up and out of your comfort zone like it did for me!