When I decided to start blogging four years ago, I didn’t know how I was going to do it with a full time real estate career. But it was something that I was so passionate about and I knew I had to find the time and execute my plans. It wasn’t easy. In the beginning I found it hard to balance my time accordingly. But when I started to put my plans on to paper, it gave me more of a reason to work harder towards that end result.
If you are thinking about starting a side hustle to further yourself as an entrepreneur, I applaud you! You’ve taken the first step in being an independent entrepreneur. Here are a few pieces of advice I wish I knew when starting my real estate blog:
A side hustle should speak to your soul, elevate your career, or be an investment in your personal growth. If yours can tick two of those three boxes? Even better.
Start slow. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you start a side project? One tiny task at a time. Plant those seeds and watch them grow.
We all have 1,440 minutes in a single day. It’s what we do with that time that makes us different. What would happen if you took just 1% of that time, a tiny 15 minutes a day, and consciously tried to change your life for the better?
If you view your side hustle as a calling, it will be a labour of love rather than laborious.
Pay attention to what you pay attention to, respond to every call that excites your spirit and reward, in all its forms, will follow.
Real talk: if your side hustle is causing you more guilt than fulfillment, let it go. Side hustles should fill you with more passion than pressure.
Be bold with your boundaries. Be strong in your conviction when things get too much. Be brave in knowing ‘no’ is a complete sentence. Embrace the silence. Dance in it. Indulge in it. Learn to accept that, sometimes, you absolutely need it.”
The greatest thing you can do for your side hustle is to get an accountability partner. This can be your friend, your mum, your co-worker… whoever. Just someone who can check in and ask what’s up.
Understand your motivations, by asking yourself the following three questions: Am I enjoying what I’m doing? What’s the driving force behind what I’m doing? Am I doing what I’m doing for myself, because of myself?
Don’t resent your day job. Instead, view your 9–6 as the reason you’re able to do MORE of what you love and watch how your world changes.
The process, the struggle, the day-to-day… that’s the fun part. Don’t be so set on the end goal that you lose sight of that.
It’s not about being fed. It’s about staying hungry.
Just don’t ever give up on something you are truly passionate about. All the excuses in the world could not stop me from putting my blog on hold.
With Love | Nikki xo