There are gurus out there who preach working 20 hour days, 7 days a week, grinding out work, and eating, sleeping, and breathing your business. I’ve heard Mark Cuban tell entrepreneurs on Shark Tank that they shouldn’t be presenting the sharks with opportunities if they haven’t worked from dawn until midnight, given up all their earthly possessions in pursuit of their dream, and been forced to crash on the floors of random friends.
And while, I’m not in any position to question Mark Cuban or Gary V., I do know that advice doesn’t fit for me, and it likely doesn’t fit for you either.
And that’s okay.
You’re never going to be able to follow all of the entrepreneurial advice out there – namely because so much of it is contradictory – so you might as well find someone who’s giving advice you can work with.
Enter Side Hustle Teachers.
There are multiple paths to success
Don’t let the fact that you can’t walk one of those paths keep you from looking for others.
I didn’t consider my first successful business, my blog, a business at first. It was a blog. That label, however incorrect, took a lot of the pressure off as I was trying to grow it and make money. I networked with other bloggers, took courses on blogging, and never used the word “business.”
When I first started to think of myself as a business owner, it was because I started listening to the Boss Mom podcast. Dana was a mom (obviously) and built her business while raising her kids, in the in-between hours, and was still a success.
Her path and understanding that we have other things going on in our lives helped me see that it was possible to be a legitimate business owner without working myself like a dog or burning the candle at both ends.
Making progress is more important that how fast you go
Entrepreneurship is a long-term play. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s actually more like an ultra-marathon, a Tough Mudder, and one of those Color Run’s all in one.
And just like those events, most people join to participate, not to win. It’s about the journey.
Let’s face it, unless you’re working in a field like emerging technologies or medical sciences, there really is no rush. If someone else starts their VA business before you, it’s not like there won’t be any clients left when you get yours going.
Small bits of time add up
If you were only able to devote 5 hours a week to your side hustle, that’s 260 hours a year. 1,300 hours over 5 years, which is more than 160 full, 8-hour work days.
That’s a lot of time!
What could you do with 160 days?
Is that time divided up over a longer period of time than those people who grind it out all day and all night? Yeah… but so what?
As the classic Karen Lamb quote goes, “A year from now you may wish you’d started today.”