I had two jobs interviews today for Marketing roles. Still went to work for about 6 hours prior to my interviews. My mom.had my sister flown while she’s on summer break from her first year in college and we are all cozy-ing it up in my studio apartment. Six weeks of the the closest quality family time ever.
And I managed to collect the contact information of six Escrow Officers for my notary business. Because at the end of the day, no matter how wild my home and personal life gets and becomes, the hustle doesn’t care.
The hustle doesn’t care that I’m supporting and trying to be supportive of my mother. The hustle doesn’t care that my sister really needed to come home for the summer even though her home will temporarily have to be my home. The hustle doesn’t care that I have take interviews and leave work early.
The hustle just wants know if I’m still going to push through all this in the midst of these trials and tribulations. The hustle wants to know how bad do I want my dreams and what I’m willing to do for them; what I’m willing to suffer through for them
The hustle just wants to know if I’m stl gonna hustle.
And I am.
Y’all know how I feel about online surveys (legit ones, of course) and I came across this opportunity in my feed. I haven’t tried but I’m not going to hold it back from anyone else, should they be interested.
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.
I never thought I’d be the type of person who would chase after certifications and licenses as a way to earn extra money outside of my 9-5. Don’t get me wrong, I know that the more education someone has and the higher their degree goes, the better positioned they are for negotiating their desired salary. Like, a ‘duh!’
But how many people would a course or two or however many were needed to get a license or a certification to earn extra money? Which, I guess could be argued as being the same as earning ‘more money’. But I’m not talking about earning ‘more money’ as a W-2 holder, but rather as a freelancer. An independent contractor. Dammit, a hustler.
Who here is willing to spend the time and money on themselves for themselves, not for an employer? Not to look good to another employer, or look more appealing to your current employer or because an employer asked/commanded of you. Just for you to add to you wealth toolbelt.
I have a notary commission/license. Earned it last year. Been putting it to work and earning back the 18 hours of training that went into it and the $306 investment I made for it. I’ve reaching out and networking, putting myself out there on a daily basis. Because my success matters to me.
How many people are ready to stop being C students and are ready to go for As and A+s in their own professional journies?
Yes, this single hustlin’ female has been busy. But busy is good. Especially on the freelance front.
This past Saturday, I attended the book launch party of one of my clients who is a probate realtor. In between deals earlier this summer — we met and began working in June — she decided to knock off one of her bucket list items and that was to write a book of her probate experiences to help those learn the pitfalls of the probate process. Long story short, if you or anyone you know has any real estate property they plan on passing down to their kids, LIVING TRUST. It costs between $700-$800 for a living trust, but up to $10,000 (maybe more) to go through probate.
All in all, I think her event was a success. It was an invite only party, and she only had two guest not show. Sold a few books, had a few guest speakers, live band, buffer style food. It was very classy. I was impressed.
But that was Saturday.
From the party on Saturday, I was referred to another client. Sunday, a prospect I later learned worked for Fox Sports reached out to me. I found out Monday — yesterday — that the Secretary of State approved my application to become a Notary Public and I will be working on solidifying that for the remainder of the month.
And this just an overview of the past three days.
When you’re out there hustlin’, your work comes first.
When you’re successful, your name comes first.
I’m 32 years old.
I work full-time in unimpressive role doing unimpressive things working for people aren’t impressed by anything.
I am LA native.
I got a Bachelor’s degree I haven’t used.
I’m a woman.
I hustle on the side. HARD.
And I don’t think I’m the only one.