If you’re sick of your job, starting a side hustle can help. And I’m speaking from experience. If you’re like most people, your job was fun in the beginning. You came to work each day, energized to make things happen. But over time, enthusiasm faded.
Market conditions, regulations and interpersonal crap with your co-workers and clients beat you into submission. And now “you’re woke,” asking yourself if this what life is about? Is this really the best you can do?
Your Boss Doesn’t Want You To Read This
At least you’re not alone. Everyone else at your work is going through motions like a bunch of task zombies. Even your boss. Except she’s worse off than you. Because in addition to also despising her job, she has to pretend what you’re doing matters. (It doesn’t.)
If this sounds familiar, you have two choices.
- Stay miserable until you get fired or die.
- Plan your exit strategy NOW.
To be clear, you don’t need to quit your job today. That would be reckless. But you do need to plan your exit strategy. And that is going to take some planning, courage and (eventually) action. To help you put things in perspective, watch this video:
See what I mean? When compared to the rest of the known universe, your work challenges are insignificant. Of course, this grandiose perspective doesn’t change the fact that come Monday, you’ll still have to white-knuckle your way through a bunch of bureaucratic BS.
The easy solution is to find another job. But this is a short term fix. Sooner or later you will hate your new job as much as you hate your current job. So instead of quitting, I suggest you keep your job and start a secret side hustle.
Establish Your Secret Side Hustle
A side hustle is a business you run on a small scale to grow and eventually replace your current income. And you should keep side hustle secret until it starts making money. The reason for secrecy is three fold:
- Your side hustle could make your intention to leave your current employer blatantly obvious… Which could prompt your boss to help accelerate your exit. Depending on your financial situation, that could suck.
- You don’t need the added pressure of friends and family continually asking about your business. And you certainly don’t need more unsolicited opinions outlining all the reasons your side hustle could fail.
- And finally, having a secret side hustle will give you clarity and confidence. While all your co-workers are mucking about, worried about their fate as an employee, you’ll be able to watch the show with delightful detachment.
As you gain success in your secret side hustle, don’t be surprised if you get promoted at work. It is hard to describe, but having your own source of income gives you interpersonal super powers… Suddenly your opinions matter and your influence grows… Probably because you don’t care. I think this clip from Office Space sums it up nicely:
If this sounds good, here are next steps for planning your secret side hustle:
Step 1: Know your number. How much money do you need to make each month to afford your desired lifestyle?
Step 2: Find your side hustle: Out of the gazillion businesses you can create on the side, which one grabs your attention the most? (Since you’re reading this blog, I suggest you create a blog business.)
Step 3: Research successful people: Find people successful in your niche, already selling stuff to your ideal customer. What are they doing that you like? What are they doing that you don’t like?
Step 4: Take baby steps to get there: Building a profitable side hustle into a full time business takes time. Work backwards. Break your big business goals into monthly tasks. Then break the months into weeks. And break the weeks into days. What task will you complete today to get one step closer?
Step 5: And finally, keep learning. The only way you’re going to gain success in life is by learning new stuff, and by meeting people more successful than you. That’s it. Everything else is more of the same.
I wish you all the best on your journey.