Side-hustle entrepreneur

Side hustle, entrepreneur, odd job, startup, business owner…we hear these words and phrases constantly. Each one is defined slightly different, but have a lot in common. The main common thread is freedom. Freedom to work for yourself and/or have a creative outlet turning a hobby or passion into an income opportunity. So how do you do that if you never considered yourself an entrepreneur? How do you find this freedom if you don’t have a hobby or side hustle in mind that could turn into an income opportunity?

Some entrepreneurs are accidental business owners. Some side hustles or small business start-ups are created from necessity when there is a job loss or hours cut. Opportunity can certainly arise from unexpected situations! You do not need a business education or huge savings or loans to put action behind a business idea.

If you need a few ideas to kick around or general suggestions for marketing check out the details on Business Ideas – BIPS.  And even more detailed ideas here.

I will be sharing more ideas and details soon, but the first step is to realize you are an entrepreneur. If you have had a garage sale, sold some furniture when moving, provided services like mowing or social media account expert…the list goes on an on, then you are an entrepreneur! Even if you don’t have a hobby in mind that could make you some extra money, you are capable of learning one.

First, ask yourself this – Do you want to work for yourself (if yes, part-time or full-time)? If you find yourself daydreaming of the opportunity to work for yourself; while working full-time elsewhere, utilize your ‘side hustle’ as a creative outlet or you would like to put in a 40 plus hour work week for yourself, with your own schedule, etc. it’s possible!  Side hustle, odd jobs or small businesses are not get-rich-quick or less work, most of the time they are more work especially for one ‘man/woman’ shows! But you do have a new kind of freedom to set your hours, days off, and control business decisions without any major surprises (for the most part!). And hopefully you are doing something you enjoy!

So, do you? Do you want to work for yourself…what is holding you back? Please post your questions in the comments or email me at My next post will have more details and steps!

I’ve worked with small businesses, provided career advice, resume edits,  worked with hiring committees, I have my own small business, my husband is a subcontractor and I have a unique view of entrepreneurship and love encouraging others and answering questions!

Much more information to come soon! Thank you for reading.




Connecting to grow

Connection is important for personal and professional growth. From connecting with those closest to you to complete strangers. Connecting is a way to learn. Recently, life has been so busy I have lost some amazing connections. My day job is rewarding, but has been more demanding and I miss the connections I have made through my blog, through professional services and even spending less time with personal friends!

It’s difficult to balance everything at times isn’t it? As difficult as it may be, it’s necessary. Everyone has their own process for balancing or a renewal ritual. Maybe it’s coffee with a friend, a weekend getaway, reading a new or favorite book, binge watching, or a number of other options. I need my friend time, but I also need my creative time; my personal learning time. What is that?

I need to learn to thrive and I encourage others to learn as well, whether it’s learning a new hobby or something more advanced like learning a new web design program. I’ve mentioned in other posts examples of self-learning (tutorial post here) for personal enrichment or even extra income opportunities

Recently, I’ve focused on providing free business support. This not only helps me learn by connecting with others and hearing about their dreams and goals, but also allows me to help others achieve them. Which is something I truly enjoy!

I have been providing free resume edits, sample interview questions, providing business ideas and answering general questions as often as I can. This has not only helped recharge me, but reminded me how important connections are to learning!

I know others offer free general advice as well on various topics. You just have to ask!

  • Inquire to local business owners about how they got started or specific questions about the type of business they own
  • Reach out to local or online groups discussing topics of interest to you whether business or personal interests. Ask questions, share your knowledge, make some connections
  • Research online tutorials and books on the subjects that interests you. Learn something new or enhance a skill you already know. My local library offers online learning resources for free, I’m sure other cities and states have similar programs!
  • Offer possible bartering to exchange your knowledge with others. For example a jewelry maker may teach you some beginning skills in exchange for writing some of their web content or sharing other knowledge
  • If you can’t find a group of like minded and interested learners then create one! Most libraries are open to hosting such groups or coffee shops are a great meeting place too
  • Mostly importantly keep learning, find balance and recharge yourself often!

Do you have knowledge you want to exchange with someone else? Do you have other ideas? Please share them!!

Do you have questions I can help answer? Please ask them!

Thanks for reading!