On Thursday night, we held an event in our office space for the Secrets of a Side Hustler events held by Chivon John!
Because it was in our office, and I was the team member that was to stay and supervise the event (which I was okay with) I decided to sit in on it and takes notes. I do side hustle…
There was a panel of four women that have either a full-time job and a side gig, or two side gigs. On the panel was Jahmeelah Gramble, Michelle Engson, Samantha Clarke, and Leyla Rezeghi.
The most important question was asked first to start the panel off: Team sleep or Team nap? The answer: 3/4 sleep, the 4th said it “depends on the day”
When asked when we usually do side hustle work, there was a tie between the audience between night owl and no set time. I picked no set time. I will work on side projects when ever I find the time. I try to get a lot of it done between 5pm and 9pm, and on weekend.
To manage energy when working on two large projects (full-time work and a side gig), the panel suggested making sure you have things you do to help with energy and don’t let anything get in the way of that – exercise, reading, painting – and to be aware of your time and make time to self reflect.
Lose of energy from one owns guilt – Jahmeelah Gramble
Most of the audience agreed that we don’t know what to work on each day. We do what is urgent and needs to get done, but then don’t really have a clue what we should do next. The panel suggested that we focus on at least getting back to emails (which I am so bad at!) and try to stay relevant in what we are doing.
I really enjoyed the part where they talked about working on “CEO Tasks”, which are items that could make you money. The panel also pointed out that “sometimes you won’t get paid in money but in blessings and exposure.” And that revenue generating tasks are different from job to job, and that you need to focus on what is best for what you are doing.