Lately, I have been loving The Health Code podcast which I know I have mentioned before. I am caught up with every episode and I feel like I am going through the stages of grief. I NEED MORE! I have learned a lot from them and the topic of having a side hustle always comes up, I didn’t realize how important it was till I started working full time while having Merci.
I love having this blog and sharing everything I create. This is something fun and inspiring to have that is a positive distraction from work and school. Merci is my creative outlet where I can be myself all the time. You can call it a side hustle, like I do, or call it a hobby. I think it’s important that everyone has something to work on outside of work or school. It doesn’t even have to be a blog, it can be whatever you want! If you want to train for a marathon, that can be a side hustle, you can have a YouTube channel or create a platform to share your art or music. Your hobby or side hustle can be something you want to continue as a career in the future or just something you want to do for fun! But, find something and work on it whenever you can.
It can be hard coming up with a side hustle you actually want to focus on for more than a month. You need to make a list of everything you like to do and make a list of the goals you have for the future. There will or should be things that align! I love to write and I always knew I wanted to have my own blog and platform. It was pretty easy for me to get started, maybe for you there is one thing you always thought about trying but never had the confidence to do it. Well, I am telling you to just get started and do it! I got stuck on caring what people around me would think, but I pushed myself to ignore those insecurities. Start by just thinking and exploring everything you liked in school or something you saw that intrigued you.
Public Relations is pretty much fuelled by the R.A.C.E formula, this stands for research, action planning, communication and evaluation. This can pretty much be used for anything, even planning a side hobby.
- Research: You can’t do anything without a plan, if the research and the plan is bad then everything will fall a part. First step is to get inspiration from the resources you have around you, this is the BIGGEST help for getting your creative juices flowing! See what other people doing and take note of what you like or don’t like. Research ways to turn your interests into careers or a side hustle, just research anything you can to help you feel prepared.
- Action Planning: Using your research, you can guide the creation of a strategic plan that includes what you want to create and achieve. This is where you designing everything, set up a plan, create content or plan whatever you need to get started.
- Communication: This is when you share your little creation, your goal or hobby with the world. I published Merci and starting being more active on my Merci social media platforms, it took me a longggg time to get to the communication step.
- Evaluation: I continue take note of all the feedback I receive. Success means constant change and learning to adapt to what works best for you to reach your goals for your side hustle.
After you have decided on your side hustle, you NEED to commit to dedicating two or three nights a week or a couple hours each day to that one thing. I know first hand how hard it is to keep to your schedule and balance life, I am still trying to get my life together and find time to write. It’s hard but if you love what you’re doing it’s not boring or wasteful work. So, get a planner or put a calendar on your wall so you can see your schedule daily! Just get started and have fun with your side hustle, trust your gut and you will find what is best for you.
Having a side hustle can open so many doors, I have a lot of ideas of how Merci can grow in the future and I love what it is becoming. I am really happy I didn’t let my fears and insecurities stop me from reaching my goals. If you have any questions or want advice on starting a blog or finding your “side hustle”, do not be afraid to connect with me on social media and ask! I am always here to help and share my experiences.
Thank you for reading Merci.