Last year, I wrote a short eBook sharing five tips I use to market my side hustles. Many people did not and still don’t believe me that Craigslist helped me turn my notary hustle into a part time notary business.
What’s the difference between a side hustle and a part time business (or a business in general)?
A dedicated bank account
A dedicated website, self-hosted
An email address ending in your website domain and not in gmail, yahoo or msn
A separate business phone #
Business cards (yes, business cards still work)
I even had to explain to a woman in my LinkedIn notary group how I’ve been success using Craigslist to market myself because she didn’t believe it either.
I break it down in five simple steps that are not just applicable to notary publics, but anyone who has a service based hustle. It’s not magic and it’s not an overnight gimmick, but it does work. I’m using these tactics to this day, every week.
Girl. Gurl! Let me tell you. Last week, I was out with pneumonia, a lung infection and a 102° fever. And I thought I had the measly little flu when I went to the doctor’s office. Nope. Then, while I’m on the mend, my car (of six months) gets side swiped during the MLK long weekend (well, long weekend for a few of us). I come outside to go meet Carlos for my training Sunday morning and I see that some asshole – you are an asshole if hit someone’s car then leave the scene of the crime without so much as a note – hit the rear driver’s side of my car. Like, being sick and coughing up a lung wasn’t enough. Now I gotta deal with my car’s insurance and a claims adjuster.
But then I paused. I had to. I was feeling so overwhelmed coming back to work, both to my 9 to 5 and to 5 to 9. I felt like I has missed so much and would be so behind and it was still only January. How could I be weeks into the new year and behind?!
But it was about my mindset and perspective. Yeah, everything felt like it was landing on me some kind of way. But it wasn’t a crushing moment. It was just another test. A test to see how bad to I wanted the success and the lifestyle I’ve plastered all over my vision boards. The universe asking me, ‘are you going to let pneumonia stop you?’ ‘Are you going to let a little hit and run stop you?’
I wanted to say yes. But that wasn’t the truth. The truth was I was going to have to dig a little deeper and pull my old self out and crush this. I wasn’t built to fail. I was built soar higher than even I could imagine. And no sickness or accident was going to stop me from owning everything rightfully meant for me.
Now, I don’t know how your first few weeks are shaping up to be in 2020, but I hope they’re much better than mine. Regardless, if you’re ready to crush this year with me, let’s get to it!
I wanted to try something different in July and moving forward. I wanted to really start highlighting hustling ladies and their ventures to better give them their due justice. This is such a great time to be a woman on the move and I really want to help capture what myself and other hustling ladies are doing so I am including posts that focus on supporting women and their hustles titled: She Supports.
And I hope you dont mind that I’m kicking this off with obviously supporting myself. After all, if I don’t support me, who else will.
Last month, which was only a few days ago, I released my second self published book, but it’s my first book that I felt I put a lot into when crafting the content. It’s titled:
The Single Woman’s Guide to Side Hustling
A piece of work I am very proud of and proud to be sharing with the world. I’ve had a lot of positive influences and people who contribute to keeping me smiling and mentally in the zone, so I thank them all for their energy, as that too went into the book.
Please support my book by making a purchase. My goal is to get this book in 200 hands by the end of the year. In the book, I really talk and share how I got started side hustling, what have been my tricks and tips and even secret sauce, so to speak. And in the book, it encourages other women to take up side hustles as well. I’d like for honest feedback and opinions. And if you’re willing, even have an open dialogue about the freelance and gig work space.
Hope to hear back from you and what your thoughts were!
Yes, I’m still high from attending the Girlboss Rally this weekend. And over those two days, I was reminded of something very important we women do but shouldn’t: we carry the burden of work – whatever work we do – all alone as if we’re the only ones experiencing our sort or level or dedication and standard.
Taking a page from the business consultant, Ivy Slater, we get more work done when we ask for support. Whether we need to go to a women’s conference such as the Girlboss Rally to be reminded of this. Or if need to ask out closest friend, like Elle is to me, to contribute to our blog, we need to ask for support. We need to network. Meet up with other like minded women, share our work or what we’re working on. Not for validation or for compliments. But for support. Our there is our tribe… let’s meet them halfway.
Wanted to share this real quick if you don’t mind:
I want to start off by thanking Michelle for all her hard work. I’m a very tiny little business, personal training gym, working very hard to someday grow my business. I’m grateful to Michele and all the wonderful things she does for me and my business. She takes the time to check on me to see how I’m doing and the business. She bounces ideas off me or I can email her some of my ideas and she is very good at getting back to me with her feedback. Has done an amazing job with my website. She puts in a lot hard work and effort to help me move the gym in the right direction. I can’t say enough how thankful I am to her. Most people would just dismiss my business because of how tiny it is. I understand everyone’s goal is to work for big companies, I love how Michelle treats my business as if it were a huge company. Even when I get down and discouraged, to the point of quitting, she’s always
there to give me a helping man and push forward. It’s an incredible feeling to have someone that believes in my dream and is helping me turn that dream into a reality.
I am out here hustlin’, literally. So things have really been evolving for me since I got back to NC. Not only did I start my meal prepping business (which I’ll talk about another time), but I had the opportunity to shoot a campaign for the Just In Case On the Go Bag!
I had so much fun and of course the perks of modeling and representing a company are the best. All this came about because I stay authentic to who I am and my energy attracts the necessary people in my life. Not to mention, my great sense of style; wink wink.
The take away from this is, to be who you are and treat people with kindness. Be authentic and never switch it up to blend in. Stand out and the opportunities will come.
I don’t expect to succeed at everything I attempt, but I do believe in attempting everything I want to do. So I took some time out of my day and went to a tax lien investor seminar in Pasadena. At the last minute, I had a guest join me, which made it more fun to attend.
I make myself do/try something of interest to me and is pushed me outside of my comfort zone as often as I can. Ideally, once a month, but I will take the opportunity whenever it presents itself.
So, my fellow hustlers, what are your interests and how do you push yourself to do more, learn more and succeed at more?