Are you a Hustler?
Yeah. Me too.
Isn’t this pic cute. (PangPang’s jealous) The message is great too…
Nothing wrong with a “side hustle”
When I hear nurses talk about how they want to get out of the hospital or out of nursing period, I ask, “What’s your plan?”
“I plan to quit this job I hate and start working in more health-improving, prevention stuff.”
“What do you mean, ‘stuff’?”
“You know like what you do.”
I immediately say, “Don’t quit your job for that.”
Quit your job because for almost any other reason except that. I ask again, “What’s your plan?”
I hope to make money. Just ask yourself, “What do I need to do to make money? What skills do I have or can easily learn?”
Well, there’s the world’s oldest profession, but I have a bad back and a “trick knee”, I don’t know about you…
If you want to do what I do, you’ll need an income coming in, while you develop your freelance project and selling skills. You need to create what I call a “side hustle”.
A “side hustle” is getting paid anyway you can. Well, that’s how I see it.
Your freelance project can actually start out as a “side hustle” too.
The blog, Broke Girl Rich has examples and a great post here – 114 Side Hustles… http://brokegirlrich.com/?p=628
Is there anyway you can cut your hours from the job you hate (you know your main gig) or bunch time off so you can get shit done towards your side hustle/freelance project?
Qualifications for a “side hustle”
- Work you can tolerate
- Work that you are highly trained in or skilled at or can easily learn to do
- Work that you can control the schedule
- Work that serves as cash flow when needed
- Work that has flexible hours
Preferably your side hustle should be in the area of fitness and wellness, so you can get “experience” in how those markets do things.
Your current nursing job or a part-time nursing job, may fit the above qualifications and be able to be your “side hustle” as you work on your freelance project. There’s lots of ways to do this.
This may sound like a lot… but really it’s what most nurses do who call themselves “nurse entrepreneurs”. If you want to call yourself an nurse entrepreneur, that’s fine. I used to. I don’t any more. After looking at Shark Tank, I realized I’m not doing what those people are. And I’m not proposing you become one either. Have you ever heard of an engineer entrepreneur or a social worker entrepreneur or chef entrepreneur?
If you do, just entrepreneur would be fine with me.
What you call yourself is totally up to you. I just, personally, felt an “incongruency” calling myself a “nurse entrepreneur” knowing that I create my own job and I need to be there for it to function. Most entrepreneurs build their vision with systems and have other people “run” them. They don’t have to be there. Nice, I know.
I feel that if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and you will take risks on solving that problem, you’re an independent person first, who may happen to be a nurse.
Being a nurse is part of who you are; be proud, of course. However, some of the ingrained thinking (brainwashing) that nursing collectively taught you, like to keep getting degrees and certifications (a kind of “keeping up with the Jones” in nursing) to get “on top” of your career – is what I want you to put on the back burner, to get paid with your “side hustle”.
In my opinion, the very things that are valued in nursing are contradictory to making money in business. Nurses went into nursing for “security and benefits”. Many nurses say they went into nursing because it was “a calling”, so they are not in it to make money. (we all know that’s never why, the big bucks?). Many nurses are emotional and make decisions based on criteria that would never be used when it comes to making money.
I think this is why I was never really liked among my co-workers. I was more “masculine” in my decisions and how I “dealt” with others. I didn’t care if I was liked or invited to their bridal/baby showers. I often ate by myself. I didn’t play well. I was strong and fast on the units. I was often called a “rate breaker”. Sometimes I was funny, but often sarcastic.
I have softened over the years. You get more bees with honey than vinegar, right?
BUT, let me say this – Getting a tough patient to stand up or take their medicine is not the same as getting someone, an ideal prospective client, you recently met, to buy a $500 health coaching program from you or to “opt-in” and buy off the internet, your 2 payments of $29.95 exercise and diet series. You learn selling YOUR products (not other people’s products) from practicing it period.
Actually selling can become a “side hustle” while you learn this new, invaluable skill. Before I became a nurse and during the whole time I worked as a nurse in a traditional, clinical setting, I sold numerous things for extra cash. Like for example – $3,000-$5,000 singles memberships, this was way before Match.com. Gym memberships, lawn care, art work, Diet center memberships, phone sales at a millenary, a newspaper and a chiropractor’s office, varied prices for products and services. (and of course my own “stuff”, which, I found out early, was a lot harder to sell than someone else’s stuff)
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I want you to start by freeing up some time from a “full-time” or even overtime job and then utilizing that freed up time growing your freelance project in fitness (your side hustle).
BEWARE! Sometimes you can’t tell others about this freed up time. Because you know what people do. As soon as they hear your “off”, they start to fill in your hours with their “stuff”.
You may need to continue to leave the house as if you were “going to work”, but go to the library or café or somewhere you can work on building your freelance project.
If you got rid of day care one day a week (if possible and costs less) make sure you have some sort of contraption that keeps your little one busy for at least an hour at a time.
I used to have a “jumper” for my son…
Boing, boing, boing!… He used to go on for hours… then he’d fall asleep in it.
If you have more than one kid… sorry, I don’t have any tips.
Do whatever you have to do to block time. Or, you’re not serious… not yet anyway.
Until you do something that feels different; you’re not doing anything different. You should know this from fitness…
“If you feel that you are not doing anything while you’re exercising… then you’re probably not doing anything to change your health nor your physique.”
Right now, I am writing another diet and exercise program for 5 women. It’s one program for 5 of them. It varies with their level of fitness. These women look forward to my new programs and can’t wait to try them.
You can do this also. You don’t need a lot of people. Once you find the particulars of who you want to help and what transformation you will provide, you can “package” that transformation and sell it!
BOOM! You then have a “side hustle”.
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