I know you may have been working your buns off at your 9-5 for quite some time now or maybe you are a Job Hopper(you move from job to job in short amounts of time for various reasons). I also know that if you are in the above two categories and anything like me then you are just burning with desire to ignite your own passions and free yourself from the employee space. You have been tired of ‘punching the clock” and giving your precious time to things that really don’t bring fulfillment to you. You want to change the way things are done around your job but it is not your place nor do you have the authority to do so. Maybe you thought of a better way to serve those clients. Maybe not the clients you see everyday at work but new ones. Those clients that you want to specifically serve from your own vision and mission. You find yourself day dreaming and just dreaming big about what you could do to impact the world and help transform peoples lives. Ok soooooo. what is holding you back?
If you are already in business then you have been already in this space of dreaming big and now you are trying to find ways to give less of your time to your 9-5 and more of it to your own vision. I got it! Don’t lose hope in either sense, instead think of what is important to you and move with a sense of urgency about it. Building your side hustle takes work and you must be working it like there is no tomorrow. Besides, we are not guaranteed time so don’t make excuses about your vision it is time to do whatever it takes to see it come to fruition. There are people waiting on you and it’s not fair to just make them wait and its not fair to you to have all of what you have to offer and keep living with it on the inside of you. It’s like you live an entire life and never step into your greatness! Leave a legacy because you know that it is rewarded after you make your transition to the next life. People can benefit from your work and it can continue to bring you reward. Okay! Excuse me! Sorry I get in my rants when I am in the space of empowering people so the passion is deep! Did you feel it? smile!
I did a live stream on Instagram yesterday @boss_moms_journey about this topic and received DM’s immediately after. All praise is due to God! I realized that this is what people are really looking for! They really want to know how to pull off this thing of working and building a business at the same time. It’s sort of like trying to find ways to jump out of a boat in the middle of a lake without splashing the water. Yeah! It really is possible once you get to the shore but how does one do that without a paddle or even a life jacket that they think they don’t have because they are so afraid to just do it? That is the best example that I could come up with at this time! If you can relate, cool! If not, just keep reading ! I still love ya!
Okay so as promised in the title of this post, I am going to share a few strategies to help you build your side hustle while still at your 9-5.
Strategy 1. Trust the process, Know what you want, Know where you want to be, Know what it looks like. Create a vision board of what you really vision for your business in the near future
Strategy 2. Plan the process, Ask God for guidance. Know where you want to be by the end of the year, quarter, month, week, and day. This takes time but hiring a coach can help a great deal.(check out a few that I personally know besides myself, Ameenah Muhammad Diggins, Tahirah Taalib Din, Halimah DeOliveira, Yasmeen Abdur Rahman, Maniah Salaam, Fatima Omar) You can find myself and these few sisters on Facebook and on Instagram if you are serious about getting a plan in place! Yes! Hire a coach to get that action plan in place. Know that you have to work the plan too! 90 day action plans are like diamonds. They help you shine! They give you quick successes and exposure to your target clients. A coach is not going to push you were you want to just be comfortable and hold you accountable to the goals and actions you have created. You have to find one that you mesh well with and get to work!
Strategy 3. Listen to your gut! Don’t count out those days where you feel that burning desire to make a difference and you can’t keep still! This feeling is real! Start writing down what you feel in a journal each time you get the feeling. You would be amazed at what is in that gut!
Strategy 4. Start paying close attention to your cash flow! You have to do it for real! Sacrifice some of those wants for needs. Save more. Spend less. Invest. Invest. Invest. Make sure that your investing in things that will give you a value added return in your business and in life.
Strategy 5. Don’t forget to pay yourself time and money! Like Yeah! Who wants to be doing all of this amazing work inspiring and transforming people and never have any time or money to enjoy themselves. Think about you and do it consistently! You want to give to others from an overflowing cup not an empty one!
Strategy 6. Farm-Out or Outsource your administrative tasks. You could be at work and have a virtual assistant send out an email or DM to your hot leads without you even touching your phone or laptop. Try looking for freelancers who will do this for pennies on the dollar at upwork.com or fiverr.com. there are plenty more but I wanted to give you a start. A good book to read for this strategy is “The 4 Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris. I can’t put the book down!
Strategy 7. Not able to afford farming out at the moment? No problem. Try a few business apps to help you stay engaged with your target audience and respond to emails. Use Mail Chimp(create email campaigns for a product or service you are providing), Hootsuite(schedule posting on all social media), Canva(make posts appealing by using graphics and relevant content), later(app by Instagram for scheduling posts), Bookedin, Calendly, Acuity Scheduling(the last 3 are for booking clients) These are only a few but there are more!
Strategy 8. Find an accountability partner or team or even a crazy tribe of people who believe in entrepreneurship. If you are a Muslim woman please feel free to join my tribe on Facebook called “The Biz Bling Sisters Network”. Find your tribe because you are no longer just an employee you are a Boss! Bosses hang with other Bosses and collaborate. Don’t neglect your friends but you don’t want to intimidate them by talking about your dreams and goals and they are content where they are. It could cause a lot of conflict. Love them as who they are girl and save your self the trouble!
Strategy 9. Set Aside Time to work on your side hustle. Commit to a set time and day(s). When I began my side hustle and was still working I had to get articulate about when I would actually put in the work. I was sacrificing lunch breaks and squeezing in time during my commute from New Jersey to Brooklyn, New York and in reverse when clocking out of my 9-5 at the end of the day. So in total I spent about 1 1/2 hours. When I got home I had to sit with my children for homework that I had left with them(i was homeschooling 4 out of 7 of my children at the time), preparing dinner, supervising household cleaning, and giving attention to my 4 year old who is now 9. I had to quickly check emails and follow-up with participants of my teleseminar all while trying to coach a mother with just as many kids as myself and ready to just kill somebody for deleting a blog post she had been working on for days! Then I had to make sure that all of this was done before or after my prayers without slacking in my prayers. I persevered but after a while it got overwhelming and I totally clocked out of any and everything I was doing. This is not a space you want to be in because it makes you lose credibility with your target audience, trust is gone and it is twice as hard to make a comeback! People just wonder where you were and why they could not connect with you. They get angry and it takes them awhile to warm up to you again. Girl it gets real! 4Real! Bottom Line is that you cannot afford to be getting overwhelmed and crashing , instead you must sit down somewhere and schedule your days so that you stay committed to meeting and exceeding your goals.
Just so you know…It took me about 4 hours to write this post today because I am a mom and life happens. Sometimes I have to unplug to deal with whatever is going on with my kids, the house, and other things. Being a mom is a job in itself and we just have to be flexible with our time. If we try to work in a rigid space it will cause us to become insane because we have just too much going on in a single day. Don’t let those superwoman moms with S’s on their chest tell you that being a Boss Mom is easy because it is not and you should not feel embarrassed to just be real about your journey. Do you know how many other mothers just need to hear that what they are going through is completely normal? Like get outta here with the perfect S! I think it stands for “Stir Crazy” not “Superwoman”! Hey! smile and go fix yourself something cold or hot to drink. Your preference but I think you deserve it after reading this post today because your “S” stands for “Super Tired” and you need to rest so you can be “Super Ready” to do whatever it takes to be successful! How about that?
Peace, Love, and Hijab(protection, peace, love, modesty)
Ukhtee Walida-The Boss Moms Coach