Today we welcome back our normal Tuesday contributor, Catherine Alford!
Side hustling is a very popular topic in the personal finance blog kingdom (blogdom?). Whether you wash cars, tutor high school kids, or contribute articles for your fellow bloggers like yours truly, it seems like everyone these days works a little on the side to make some extra cash.
While making extra money is certainly the biggest pro for starting a side hustle, the main challenge that most people face is burnout.
I admit that coming home and writing after working 8 hours is not easy. Some days, I’m well rested and excited about a project, and other days, I can barely keep my eyes open as I type. One way I am currently trying to combat this is waking up very early and working on posts before heading to work. I’ve never been a morning person, but I think it might work out better for me in the long run. Switching up a routine like this is a great way to ensure your business maintains some longevity.
I can’t be the only one who needs a little motivation every now and then, so if you’re searching for a reason to keep up your side hustle, below are some quick tips.
Remember Why You Started!
Most of us start a side hustle with a goal in mind. Whether you want to make double payments on your student loans or kick your credit card debt in the face, there has to be some reason why you wanted to make extra money. You might have also considered bigger goals like quitting your day job to pursue your passion! (Psst: That’s my dream!)
So, every time you are tired and you’d rather veg out in front of the TV (which you know I’m against), keep that goal front and center. Remember the reason why you started!
Celebrate Small Victories
It’s really important to give yourself some credit when it comes to side hustling. Even if you have a very small success, bust out a dance move! Did you make your first $100? Did you have your first lunch with a potential client? Did you get an e-mail from someone saying they loved your product? If so, enjoy it!
Nothing gives us motivation better than someone appreciating what we’ve done.
Surround Yourself With Inspiration
I am a very visual person, so it helps me to have a lot of inspiration all around me. If you could see my desk right now, you’d witness a lot of sticky notes with inspirational quotes on them. I also have a big dry erase board that has goals listed on it. Whenever I meet one, I cross it out to show how far I’ve come.
Visual reminders like these are a great way to pick you up when you’re down. Every time I am running low on fuel, I just look up at all my fun quotes, and I’m able to refocus and push myself further than even I thought possible.
Of course, these aren’t the only ways to stay motivated when it comes to keeping up a side business. If you have other great ideas, please share them in the comments below!