Working 5 to 9: You Got To Be Creative Everyday

“Creativity” is one of those artisans words that when people hear, they either believe they’re creative or they believe they’re not. Some years ago, I had a film prop creator tell me that everyone’s creative. Whether they tap into their creativity is another thing. And I believe that to this day. We all possess creativity, some more than others, but the raw talent or skill is there. And when and how we use it depends on us.

And there’s no better evidence of this than in a startup CEO and someone who has a side hustle. And there’s no better way to push yourself to see what your creativity looks like than when your livelihood is on the line.

Now, as a side hustler, you may not feel exactly like your livelihood is on the line, but depending how closely you’re living paycheck to paycheck, it can just about feel that way. So being creative with what you have and how you use it is no different than creating a masterpiece that will hang on a wall in someone’s home. It just looks different and serves a different purpose.

Take the picture above of the person who taped their business cards around a traffic light pole. Most people hand out their business cards or leave them in an office with high foot traffic. “Normal” ways, right? This person chose an alternative, creative way of getting their business cards out with the resources they had.

And that’s it. That’s what it means to be creative. Working with the medium you have or that’s been provided, you can be more creative with your side hustle or future endeavors than you ever imagined. You already have all the creativity you need to get started right now.

Money Matters: Side Hustles Aren’t Pretty

I was up until 11:30pm last night sorting our recyclables. And by the time I got to bag 20 (from a small bag I sorted plastics and bottles into a larger bag, reducing the amount of bags we have), I was over it. Not the sorting. The recycling. Yes, recycling is good for the environment; it reduces our footprint on our limited natural resources, it provides us with more post consumer materials to use rather than create new materials. And of course, there’s coinage in the mix. It’s why I’ve made it one of my side hustles since last year.

But, it’s not fun. Not at all. My mom works at night (while she continues to look for full time work) so she collects the bottles qnd cans and I sort them. But I’m sorting other people’s bottles… and leftovers…and DNA. Ugh. Recycling is practically gross when you think about it. But a true side hustle isn’t going to be pretty, at least not all the time. It may not be as dirty and messy (you should see my kitchen floor in the process) as recycling, but there is still the nitty gritty of it all. Rolling up your sleeves and diving right in.

I think that part needs to be shared more often. The hard work part needs to be emphasized, but if you ever want to turn your hustle a business and have it sustain your ideal lifestyle, it’s going be everything but cute. And if you’re serious about earning extra money, sometimes it means partaking in activities that aren’t the prettiest.