Being a full-time working wife and mother, along with having a side business doesn’t allow for a lot of free time. However, I have learned how to somewhat balance my time by what is most important to me. Focusing a majority of my time on those big rocks.
Now more than ever side jobs/businesses are growing. Supplemental income is being sought out everyday to assist full-time working individuals with paying off student loans, medical bills or just extra spending money.
This month, I was honored to share a handful of tips I’ve learned through my four year journey at a local Boutique Summit.
Here is my story…
My first venture started roughly four years ago. I was pregnant with our third child and had started planning for maternity leave and realized to take a full leave from my 8-5 I needed something to allow me to contribute to our finances and fill my time (fill my cup). I did discover just exactly what I needed, a women’s clothing line seeking direct sales representatives.
Before this chapter in my life, I’d always worked two jobs out of necessity. So selecting the right business for me was important. I was determined to find something to meet my needs financially while also lighting a passion I’ve always had for women’s fashion.
Looking back, I truly have had the experiences to share what to do and not to do to stay focused on you. To remain balanced in your side hustle.
#1. Don’t try to be perfect.
- First, customers and followers view perfection as non-genuine. No one can relate to perfection. Share from the heart.
- Don’t feel obligated to spend hours on posts, pictures, and social media. That’s exhausting! Minor edits and to the point posts from you work just fine for your consumers.
- Focus on those tasks that will drive sales. Revenue generating!
- Remember, GETMO! Good Enough To Move On. Set a time for yourself: 5 minutes, 1 hour, etc.
#2. Learn from your mistakes.
- Fail forward! A concept we should all want to do, no matter how big or small the mistake.
- Everyone makes mistakes but people aren’t waiting for you to fail, they are waiting to see you recover. Show them how to do it with grace.
- Remember to breathe! Pull out your inspirational quotes, turn up your rap music and bounce back!
- What is key through failure is not allowing them to stunt your growth. Learn from your mistakes and grow through them.
#3. Stop comparing yourself to others.
- The first thing that comes to mind is the quote, “Comparison is the death of creativity.”
- As entrepreneurs we have a need to make our own way. We can’t truly do that by constantly comparing ourselves to others.
- It’s so easy to get lost in the scroll of social media. Stop following everyone else and focus on your insights, followers, and customers.
- We have to remember to strive for our personal best! Strive for your best NOT someone else’s.
- Mastery by definition is a focus on learning and improving ones self.
#4. Have a plan for yourself.
- Depending on what chapter you are in for your business, your organization and planning will look different. What is important is to think it through and write it down.
- In the beginning, I set down and created a business plan for myself. It included supplies, hours, monthly sales goals, hours to dedicate, etc. This was my personal accountability to my business.
- Today, I utilize a monthly calendar with hours per week at the boutique, specials, sales, inventory, etc.
- I also enjoy a good to-do list on Trello and post-it note reminders for myself.
- The last key piece to know and to write down is who you can lean on. Who is your tribe? Those people to help support you along your journey?
- Now, stick to your plan! Have the dedication and accountability to yourself to follow through. If you don’t, you’ll be the mom up at 1AM entering inventory into your website, telling your husband one more item. Ask me how I know! Today I cringe looking back and how I was not as structured with my time. Today, it’s the most important thing to me!
- We all need time away, time cut off from our responsibilities and then some (as it comes with the territory of having a side business).
- Unplug means to truly disconnect from it all, including social media. Be present! Enjoy the reasons & whys you get up and do so much everyday for!
- Without this time disconnected, your passion and dreams just become work. With too much stress, sweat, and tears.
- Don’t allow your dreams to lead you to burnout.
Now, these things are all from my personal opinions and experiences. You can take them or leave them. I share them because too many times I’ve watched individuals (and myself) overshoot their time and expectations. Chase a dream without stopping to remember what is most important. Spinning their wheels in neutral. I hope those of you working your business are able to take at least one of these tips away with you!
Whole heartedly sharing, TaShawna.