Seriously? Who wouldn’t want to work from home? At ANY age. But to be honest, I’m just tired of making money for other people and working at a job that doesn’t fulfill me. I’m tired of getting That Feeling. Do you know what I’m talking about? No? Oh, well let me break it down for you.
What’s THAT FEELING?
Tell me if this sounds familiar to you:
You get a job that you like (not love), it’s a good environment, your supervisor is Da Bomb-diggity, and you like your coworkers. Maybe this job offers some perks, like bonuses. The problem is that it’s not your dream job and you know for a fact that you’re not going to be a Lifer. After a couple years—maybe longer—you’re in a Comfort Zone.
Nothing changes, everything starts to become same old, same old, and you’re getting bored. You keep telling yourself—AGAIN—”What are you doing? You know this isn’t what you want to do.” Then you start “phoning it in”. You’re starting to dread going into work and you’re looking for excuses not to go in.
It’s That Feeling.
I’ve felt that with a lot of the jobs I’ve had, most of which were temp jobs. And despite the fact that I like my current job, I know that at some point, I’m going to start getting That Feeling.
And it’s because I’m not doing what I love.
A few years ago, my dream job was to start my own nonprofit creative writing for youth. A tweaked version of this place, actually. I have a degree in Nonprofit Management with a Concentration in Writing and Literature and that’s what I wanted to do.
Until I got the NP off the ground, I wanted to put that degree to good use and actually work for a nonprofit.
That was a lot harder than I thought as I tried to figure what I could do—on an entry level basis. Even entry level jobs required some experience working for a nonprofit, and funding for the arts isn’t faring too well these days, so…I just set that dream aside.
Oh, I was ready, ya’ll. I had a business name, I went through the process of becoming a 501(c)3 (and got approved!), and I had board members. We had meetings, we were trying to come up with classes and where we could conduct them, the next step was to apply for funding…but it never really got off the ground.
And I thought, “Well, maybe I’ll start smaller. Maybe I’ll open a writing center for local authors.” So I did a little research and when Babendude and I went to New York last year to celebrate our 10 yr anniversary, we visited this place. We toured the place, I asked the owner some questions…but again, nothing ever really came of it.
I still want to help nonprofits that focus on creative writing (and there are quite a few out there), I’ll just have to figure out another way.
So, now, I have a degree that I’m not utilizing. A degree with a really big price tag hanging over my head.
And I’m toiling away for The Man.
The more I thought about it, the more I started looking into finding a side hustle. The more research I did, the more I liked the idea of being “location independent.” So, here’s my plan <said in my best Gru imitation> #ILoveDespicableMe #It’sSoFLUFFY!
For some reason, I thought Tesla’s were unattainable sports cars that only celebrities could afford. Color me surprised when I found out that they’re quite attainable. At least, the one I’m eyeballing is.
So, yes, after MUCH deliberation, I decided to start this blog as my side hustle. I want to eventually monetize this blog and be able to make enough to support me. To the point where I can quit my job and be location independent.
And I want to do it by age 50.
Was it easy coming up to this decision?
I hemmed and hawed over what I was going to blog about, the name of the blog, the logo. It changed so many times and I dropped some pennies on domain names, only to change my mind 5 minutes after I bought them.
And here’s the kicker: I hadn’t planned on blogging. I was going to offer services instead.
And then I hemmed and hawed again over the name of the business, what services I would offer, whether I should have a business website with a blog, or a blog with just a page of services….
It’s enough to make another gray hair pop out.
In my Side Hustle Journey, I encountered several ideas that, well, you’ll see what I mean.
And so begins the mini-series Why I Thought I Wanted To…
Come back next week and check out Side Hustle Idea #1