It started out as a lunch with a friend. It quickly progressed into something more.
How’s your job, I asked.
The tears started falling. And her words began to flow.
I hate my job. No matter what I do or how well I do it, I feel like nobody cares. I don’t even put in a lot of effort anymore. It’s such a chore to get up and go in. I daydream all the time about something more. But what? What else can I do? I have my kids’ college payments. I have a house and a car and bills. I hate this. But what am I supposed to do?
Sound familiar? I know it does; I talk to people just like her all the time.
Let me let you in on a little secret. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can walk away and everything will be okay.
There are people all over the world changing their lives drastically. And they’re doing it by teaching what they know.
It’s called a side hustle. A gig. And it allows you to move towards a life on your own terms.
Now don’t think for a moment that it won’t require work on your part. It will.
But what most people don’t realize is that you can make the salary you’re making right now, even more, very easily. There’s a huge audience waiting for what you do. And no one – NOBODY can do it quite like you.
What if you could replace your income with something you love? What would you do?
You know what it is. It’s that little bubble that’s bursting inside of you that says: pick me, pick me.
Maybe you have a love of cooking. Or you love to travel. Or you’ve been an artist on the side for decades. Or you’ve always had a pension for fashion.
No matter what you do, what you love, there’s a way to turn it into a side hustle. There’s a way to make good money doing it every day.
This is how you do it.
Choose It – Commit To It
I was coaching a woman a while back. I told her to move forward with her dream. She said she couldn’t; she didn’t have the right degrees, the right experience, the right credentials.
In today’s world, that’s okay. Yes, you can’t operate if you aren’t a surgeon. Some jobs do require special certification.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t approach a subject in a different way. You have a unique approach to what you love. Only you have traveled down this specific path to get where you are today. You’ve spent hours, days, even years perfecting what you know. You’re an “expert” in your own right. And people will pay good money to shorten their own learning curve.
Let me give you an example from my own life.
When we built our photography business, we put everything into what we were doing. And in just a few short years, we became one of the premier photographers online. We worked with around 30 wedding clients a year, and we made more than most photographers will ever make in their entire careers. People noticed. A book deal came in. I started teaching when photographers kept calling and asking: “How’d you do that?” I never thought about becoming a business coach until enough people asked – and were willing to pay for my advice.
That coaching practice has morphed several times over. I’ve turned that into several online businesses where I offer small business advice. I’ve written more than a dozen nonfiction books on small business management and marketing. I’ve coached women on everything from growing their small business to reinventing their lives.
And I’m not alone. You’ll find women everywhere that take what they love and have turned it into something more.
So, what do you know?
What have you learned along your path? What has your journey taught you? What different experiences have made you into who you are today?
When you figure out your value, and put it out there for others to see, you’ll find something people are more than willing to pay for.
I Get It, But How?
The logistics always hold people back.
By now, you might have an idea in mind. You love to paint. Or maybe it’s baking. Or playing the piano. Or eating.
There’s something that means the world to you. Something you’d shout from every mountaintop to get people to listen.
Yet how do you connect the dots and turn it into an income?
That’s the easy part. That’s where blogging comes into play.
Because a blog is easy to create. And it starts building your credibility from the moment you set it up.
You can start one for FREE! Yep, all you have to do is go to WordPress.com and you’ll be blogging in a matter of minutes. Of course, if you really want to turn this into a business, I would suggest you go the extra mile and set it up the right way, with your own domain name and hosting. You never want to put a lot of work into something that’s free and have it disappear overnight without recourse. You don’t own a free WordPress, or a Facebook account, or a YouTube channel. They are great for gaining exposure, but you want something you own and control.
You Have To Start Charging
In order to turn it into something more, you have to ask for money. I know, that can be difficult. But if this is going to be your new gig, you have to realize your potential.
It’s taken you (insert how old you are here) to get this far. It’s taken you (insert how old you are here) years to accumulate all of the knowledge you have today. That’s valuable.
If you were to teach someone what you know:
- How much trial-and-error time could they avoid?
- What results could you help them achieve?
- How much support would you be willing to give?
Turn it around. How much would you have been willing to pay to shorten how long it took to learn what you know? How valuable is your time?
The best thing is there are always a bunch of people wanting to follow in your footsteps, whether they know it or not. Think about it. We all travel a similar path; timing changes everything.
We all go through each of the four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter.
We move from high school to college to career.
We have our first child and walk on eggshells trying to keep her safe and secure.
I laugh now at the new moms who carefully place their kids in shopping carts fully decked with germ covers. I remember my three year old in preschool, watching twenty kids sniffle and rub their noses, only to pick up every snack before deciding which was the right one. Germs? Yep, you can’t prevent kids from being kids. But that doesn’t mean today’s new moms don’t listen to the rhetoric and look to new role models to follow. They don’t want Dr Spock. They want someone relevant to today’s modern times.
And it could be you. If that’s your thing.
New time. New approach. New decisions. New outcomes.
It’s a fact of life.
And it might as well be you who is there, giving the advice, and creating the lifestyle you’ve longed for.
Still Stuck? Want to explore even more?
I invite you to download my Stop The Madness guide. I take you by the hand and give you specific ideas on how to come up with your new idea, and help you get unstuck once and for all.