PTHS: Having an “On Call” Business

Yes, I like the idea of having a part time business that I control and generates income.

Yes, I like being able to control most of the fees in involved in my service (travel fee, rush service, etc.) The state of California dictates how much I can charge per notarization.

And yes, I like that I get the choose when I work… in theory…

See, I call myself a mobile/traveling notary which means I go to my clients when they need my services. Key word: “when“. So as much I may like the idea of controlling my hours, my hours are dependent on when my clients.

As single female who’s hustlin’, I can never forget that my business — or any business — is dependent on the client. No client, no business. Their time, my time. No matter I may be. No matter is I just woke up from what I was calling a nap before. I’m needed then serve.

No excuses.

But, it’s still my time.

PTHS: If You Can’t Stand The Heat…

… then maybe it should be a different season.

No seriously. I hate summer. Aside from the fact we get longer days with more light, I literally hate summer. I don’t go to the beach and if I do, it’s usually at night. I’m not a tank top and shorts kind of gal. Sadly, most of my wardrobe consists of slacks and decent blouses. So when it gets hot, then I get hot. Then I get irritable and I don’t want to do anything. Which makes it challenging to get the things I really need to do and the things i really want to do done.

But shouldn’t be my excuse, it is what it is. Same goes for being sick. Its hard to get anything done when you’re sick. Let alone take your ambitions to the next level.

Anybody feel me?

PTHS: When Family is an Obligation/ Living Alone

Part Time Hustle Struggles: So my mom has been staying with me going on 4 months now. 😐 Regardless of how I feel about the details of it all, family is a priority and my mom needs my help right now and this is how I can help her.

As of last Thursday, my sister has been staying with me as well. 😶 A decision I had no part in. My sister goes to school in New Jersey and when my mom moved in with me, she didn’t tell my sister about her ordeal hoping she’d find a job and secure another place to live before my sister finished school for the school year and headed home for the summer. Needless to say, my mom withheld that information from my sister till the top of June after having several conversations with my sister about how excited she was to come back home.

But my sister no longer had a home. After the semester ended in May, my sister was staying with her dad who also lives in New Jersey and formerly worked at the university she is attending. Rather than have my sister just make this one sacrifice and stay with her dad this summer this one time, my mom scramble up some extra cash and help my sister buy a plane ticket to come “home” to Los Angeles for summer.

I found this out the Tuesday before she flew in. That Thursday. Yeah… a week ago. 😑 So, in less than a week’s time, I’ve been sharing my average studio size apartment with both my mom and my sister.

No personal space. No working space. I find myself staying later at work — a place I don’t like — to avoid coming home because it forces me to put on this face like everything is okay and it isn’t.

And I feel bad that I feel this way. I feel bad for wanting my space and wanting my time, the room to think and carry on long conversations by myself to myself. I miss being able to just wear a tshirt and panties at my leisure. I miss having my company over. I miss being able to talk freely on the phone about anything.

I don’t even have kids of my own and family has become such a huge obligation that I never planned for.

I feel like I now gotta find time at work to work on my own work. How am I suppose find the momentum, the motivation here, when I can’t even stretch my legs?

I miss living alone.

PTHS Tuesday: Division, Subtraction and Addition

Part Time Hustle Struggle: Time is the answer and equation involves division, subtraction and addition.

I find that the subtraction and addition become easier to pinpoint when I become more focused, but the division gets a little tricky.

It’s easy to begin to subtract what is not important in my life as I make more and more moves to become career independent and financially free. I know what I want and I direct my energy and my TIME to it. In doing so, I subtract people who fall in one of these categories:

  • Negatively critical – offer nothing constructive, because they have nothing going for them
  • Have nothing going for them altogether – when the goal becomes crystal clear, it becomes a chore to entertain people who aren’t on the same mental wavelength
  • Hot air balloons – people who keep offering their help but never produce any kind. Almost as if they’re waiting for you to achieve it before they believe it
  • Small dreamers – they got dreams but they’re small. And not because they’re potential is small. They just believe they deserve less or “enough”; they believe in false truths
  • Toxic people- the worst. Nothing they say is positive and nothing they do is positive. The world sucks they’re doing nothing about it, it’s not their problem

Subtracting these people is easy. Adding better quality like-minded folks, easy too, but takes time. They have to find you, you have to find them. Work is involved.

But when the clutter is cleared and we’ve aligned ourselves with the right people, dividing our time is the biggest x variable I know. Yes, I believe in doing only what serves me. But that includes maintaining and building relationships. Improving my health and wellness. Increasing my business/ my bottom line. Saving more. Earning more. Making smarter investments. And all they while holding down a full time job. And God forbidden the other life occurrences that love to surprise me.

Hats off to the people who have kids and do this, because I’m still trying to make it work.

I think that the biggest part time hustle struggle is how to best divide your time to live and grow the life you want.

PTHS: Time to Network

Tuesday’s Part-time Hustlin’ Struggles — finding time to network.  When you already work 40 hours a week, it can be hard to find time to work on your side hustle or business.  The best hours to spend making those important moves are given to someone else in a time block that is traditionally hard to break.  I guess that’s another reason why side hustlin’ is so appealing.  The practice of working on your own schedule frees you up to take care of the mundane but necessary life tasks; going to the bank, going the grocery store, picking up your dry cleaning and so forth.

But what about networking?  That too is a very big element  I’ve learned over the years.  And we have to make time to network.   And no, not just networking events, although they are becoming more convenient as they’re being held after hours on week days, is not enough.  Networking is relationship building and you’re not going to accomplish that in a few hours no matter how in sync you might feel with that angel investor.

You gotta make time to meet other like-minded people.

I met a woman, by the name of Keyna this past Saturday at a Starbucks near USC (USC Village).  And although we had talked on the over, exchanged emails back and forth, this was our very first in person meeting.  And it was nice.  The meeting was nice, getting to learn about one another was nice and finding a kindred spirit was nice.  Who is the Kenya gal I keep using the word ‘nice’ about?   She’s a broker and financial consultant and we initially began speaking through an email she sent regarding an event she was scheduled to put on but had canceled for whatever reason.  I had notice that her email signature stated she was a broker so I took the chance and asked her if her organization was in need of a Loan Signing Agent. She said no, but was able to put me through to someone who she knew frequently used notaries and the loan signing agents.  All three of us had a conference call one afternoon on my lunch break.  I later touched base with the gentleman again and he assured me they recorded my information in their system to use me for any doc signing opportunities in my area.  After that call, Kenya and I set up a time to meet face to face.

All of which may have taken place about 30 days ago or so.  Not within no 2-3 hours time span at some lavish event.

And although I do enjoy the process, finding time to connect like that isn’t easy.  I have to make myself available hoping it fits whenever the other party is available.  And if not, I hope that whenever we do connect it’s not overly long as I’m probably only on a 10 minute break.  In which, I don’t want to rush someone off because then I come off as aloof and uninterested.  Emails turn into to calls, which are either, again, on my lunch break or after I get off of work.  Calls turn into meetings, which are, again, after work or on the weekends.  Which means any errands I had planned for the weekend gets shifted to an earlier or later time to accommodate this meet and greet.  And this is a cycle I go through with per person.

It’s a time consuming process for someone who always feels like they’re pressed for time.  But it’s just one of many elements I feel like I’m always pressed for time trying to take this hustle to the next level.  But nonetheless, very important.

PTHS: Not Enough Time

Part-time Hustle Struggles: Not enough hours in the day

I think one of the most challenging things I find about hustling part time is not having enough time to get everything I want done. Of course, people will say if you want it bad enough, you’ll make time. True. To a point.

And then there those memes that say Beyoncé has the same 24 hours in her as I do. Well, Beyonce isn’t also trying to pay off student loans. Hell, show me one loan Beyoncé had before she blew up big that she struggled to pay off (granted, I don’t know that much about Beyonce’s finances pre-fame).

Let me not side track to what Beyoncé has and what I do not.

Point: it can be challenging to make the serious moves and commitments you need to make when you’re still punching in a clock and on someone else’s schedule.

Anyone disagree?