I know many of you are reading this because what you really want to be doing with your time, is working in your wedding or event business, full-time and we want that too. We just love it when our Graduates achieve their goal of launching a business; queue pom poms, marching band and horns! But, completing a course isn’t the only thing that is going to make this dream, your reality.
A business takes work and sacrifice and sometimes that sacrifice is staying in your full, or part-time job, whilst working on your side hustle. Some of the biggest names in the industry have done just this and agree that this can actually be one of the key components of your success; because it means you can focus on building a great business, without the pressure of it needing to support you in the early days.
Real World Inspiration
In this interview with One Wedding Wish founder Joanie she shares with us her own experience of building her very successful business, whilst still working full-time.
Marie Forleo has a great Q & A Video in which she helps a viewer who is feeling conflicted about taking on a full-time job whilst trying to also focus on becoming a successful author. In this video, Marie also refers to an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert who made a pact with her creativity when she was just 15 and the pact was that she would never ask it to support her, she would always support it.
“But to yell at your creativity, saying, “You must earn money for me!” is sort of like yelling at a cat; it has no idea what you’re talking about, and all you’re doing is scaring it away, because you’re making really loud noises and your face looks weird when you do that.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
So will I never make money out of my creative business?
For some of us this will come down to a supportive partner and good budgeting, for others it might savings, or money you have ‘come into’. And for others, it will mean working at a day job to pay the bills and working on your side hustle when you have time. This is the really practical, grown-up side of building a business. Yes, it is creative and inspiring and takes passion, but those bills, still have to be paid.
Well not quite. Working on your side hustle in your spare time, won’t be easy. It is going to eat up some of your time and energy and as Marie Forleo says, that could get messy. But if you want it, you can do it. And you will come out of the experience with the knowledge that you know how to work hard to get what you want; that is a key business skill that you didn’t have to get an MBA to acquire!
You will also have a business with strong foundations, because it has been nurtured into existence, rather than screamed at and abandoned within 1 year because it’s not making you money.
3 Tips for feeling good about your side hustle
Set realistic expectations
Be organised with your time
Focus on one idea at a time
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