Happy Friday

Just… happy Friday. It seems sometimes we make happiness the be all to end with life events to measure by and big gestures so the whole world knows we’re happy. But, that’s hardly ever the case.

Within a day of one another, two people I consider to be part of my tribe shared with me the personal struggles they’ve been battling in aiming to reach their goals. Family troubles, money troubles, just all of it has been weighing on their hearts and mind. So much so they’ve felt consumed by those thoughts of late.

Not much I could do but remind them to find the things that make them happy that involves no one else but themselves and no money. Just… happy things.

Today, I hope you all do the same. The hustle can feel like a rat race in itself. So find time and things that bring you joy and make you happy.

Happy Friday.

She Supports: Me!!

I don’t know who needs to hear this (everyone who wants to have a hustle), but you need to pick up a copy – digital or in print – of my newest book, The Singl Woman’s Guide to Side Hustling.

Some of the positive feedback I’ve gotten is that it’s an easy read. It’s easy to follow and explains everything clearly.

And you find the book on Amazon!

She Supports: Me!!! (Michelle)

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!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1096256231/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_GcwhDb301GRSP

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.

Small Hustles Into Big Gains

I’m a personal believer that if you want to succeed, accomplish or tackle anything in life, you gotta start somewhere. And oftentimes, “somewhere” is a small, tiny place only you can see. Believe you me, I know. But starting small doesn’t mean you have to stay there. It’s just a place you gain experience, you get familiar, to better understand and even to be inspired from.

I’m going to be sharing some links and information in the coming weeks I think a hesitant but in the making hustler can dip their toes in a s see if they like the water. After all, I hope you’re reading my site because you’re interested in earning extra money you can be in control over.

For those of you skeptics who are curious if you can (some kind of) money online, try CoinOut:

https://coinout.com/referrals/new?r=RXYHXH6

It’s like the Ibotta app, although every receipt earns money back. Not a lot and not all at once, but it’s something. And when you’ve reached a $20 threshold, you can transfer the funds to your bank or open on online savings account with HSBC with a 2.23% interest rate. Just sayin’.

Big goals aren’t always accomplished they way you imagined. So take a chance and try something different.

Inside the Hustle: Website Building

Sitting here with Federico working in his website for his busineds: Serrao Cabinets. This project I’ve been working slowly on because I am on his schedule. Which, I like. I use to rush clients because I needed to get paid because I had such a horrible job – ICT – but not anymore.

Now, I take my time, I go at my client’s pace. Sometimes I go a little slower, but no need to rush. Because I make sure I have a manageable rotation of clients to keep me busy and paid.

Inside the Hustle: Card Writing

There is a niche and market for just about everything out there. No joke. Above is an email message I just received from a long time real estate client of mine asking about some anniversary cards she and I worked together on for her clients. “Anniversary Cards”? I’ve been working with Dorit and her husband for over five years as one of my side hustles. I first started out providing administrative work for them on Saturdays while I was working full time and that morphed into some marketing work, which I love ten times more.

The anniversary cards she’s asking about is a marketing tool she/we’ve been using for the last couple of years as a top-of-mind direct mail tactic. It keeps her current clients returning to her and her husband for real estate services but also as the first name her clients think of when they want to refer other clients to her.

What’s my role in the process? I create the content for each of these anniversary cards or any marketing material we mail to her clients and I hand write them… all. Because nothing is more personal than a hand-written note these days. People are more likely to read them and respond them. And seems to work for her and her husband’s real estate business.

I will admit, I don’t always enjoy the hand written part of this task, but it’s all in a day’s hustle.

I responded back letting her know when she should have received them and if she can’t find them, to let me know so I can recreate them. How do I get paid? Venmo. We use to meet up and I woudl get paid cash or by check. But this works too.

Working 5 to 9: Don’t Share Your Aspirations With Everyone

There’s something about having big goals or dreams that puts people in an uneasy state with you, particularly if it’s not their big goal or dream. I wouldn’t call this jealosuy or envy right away, but definitely an opposition. I’ve learned a few times with different people not to share my lofty goals or aspirations.

I had a coworker, neither she or I work at the former company anymore, who told me she would never work as hard as I do. There’s nothing that she would ever want in this life to make her hustle they way I was. What was funny about her statement was I knew her boyfriend and he was, probably still is, a hustler. He was working, seriously like three jobs. The two of them lived together split their rent and bills down the middle and even had a joint checking account (unmarried and in their 20s, girl, yes). But she was content with her one job and one income stream. Her boyfriend obviously wasn’t.

I’m obviously not. YOU’RE obviously not. That’s why we hustle. At least, that’s one reason.

Sharing with her wasn’t a bad move. Neither was sharing with any of the others, not entirely. Not at first. At first, people seemed to want to have a hustle of their own too and wanted my help creating one. Awesome! But, when I would try, they would hit me with excuse after excuse as to why they couldn’t start right now. It was like I was getting pumped for information and having the life sucked out of me. Later, perhaps, it grew into an envious mindset. After all, I was the only one who wouldn’t complain about money all the time, even though there were others who were making more of it than myself. Because a side hustle helps you generate more money.

And it removes the desperate factor from your life. It takes away your money urgencies. That need you have for more money all the time. You may still feel that at times, but the truth is if you have an active side hustle, you don’t need money as bad as many of your counterparts. And they see that. They see you hustle but not struggle like them and that doesn’t sit well with some people. Some people want you in the same boat as them. Misery loves company.

I’ve learned that. So I don’t tell new people and even others who I haven’t told already that one day I plan on being wildly and successfully self employed. That’s my big goal. That’s what I’m hustling for.

Working 5 to 9: When You Don’t Control a Resource

Where are all the cars?

If you’ve been keeping up with the Uber IPO news of late, you know that Uber is set to go public this Friday, May 10th. And the company is looking at a $90 billion valuation. But more importantly, that their drivers are striking today in about a dozen major cities in protest to cut wages and longer hours.

If you’ve been keeping up with me, you know I use Uber frequently for my notary business. It’s how I get around Los Angeles to all my clients. It’s how I’ve gotten to clients in areas I typically don’t service, but thanks to Uber, I could. But in light of the strike today, I’m down a resource that’s beyond my control.

How does that work?

The short version: I would not be available to see clients today, if requested. Couldn’t I just take the bus? Yes, I could. But depending how far I’m going, my commute to the client would be longer than the both of us would like and I may be traveling to an area that’s not all that safe.

Typically, whenever something like this happens, as someone who side hustles, it’s my job to find an alternative solution. My alternative solution could be to use Lyft. But they too are striking today. I could find another ride sharing service. I could take the bus to clients who are closer. However, just like I have no control over the Uber and Lyft strike, I have no control over the location of clients.

So they best I could is hope this strike doesn’t last longer than today and that I don’t have a super in need client.

Has anyone else been in a similar pickle with their business or side hustle?