Overcoming Side Hustle Setbacks.
Keep going when the going gets tough

Overcoming Side Hustle Setbacks. You will face problems, that’s totally normal. Your best and first line of defence is to determine your mindset.

Having a can-do, positive mindset is the sharpest tool in your box and will be the launching pad for the solutions you need when overcoming side hustle setbacks.

Keeping a Positive Mindset When Your Side Hustle Hits Roadblocks.

I want to warn you - there may come a time when you feel like your side hustle wasn’t meant to be. It might happen just out of the gate, or it might take time, but everyone hits roadblocks that make them wonder why they ever started this in the first place.

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First off, rest easy- you are not alone!

Every entrepreneur has felt the worries and wonders if they made a mistake. They have felt the sting of rejection, failure, and falling flat. They know how it feels to be overwhelmed, in over your head, and just plain tired. Don’t give up!

“When you are going through hell, keep going.”  - Winston Churchill.

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In the rarest of cases, a side hustle is a bust. In most cases, roadblocks are merely mindset issues. There is no roadblock that can’t be overcome one way or another. Recognizing the collateral fall-out that comes from roadblocks is important. A roadblock isn’t just literal, it comes with baggage.

Things like:

  • Fear of failure
  • Second-guessing your ideas
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of stamina
  • Over or under eating
  • Sleeping too much or too little

These collateral issues aren’t the roadblock themselves; they compound it and distract you from simply fixing the problem. The key to fixing any problem starts with your mindset. Making the decision to persevere, find the solution, and manage your thoughts is the key to overcoming side hustle setbacks.

When you feel the urge to quit or move towards despair, consider these options instead:

Find a mentor- A mentor is someone who has skillsets that are more advanced than yours. Someone who has been there and done what you are trying to do. They have likely weathered the storms and know that all ships rise with the tide. Having a mentor can help you keep your focus and work out the roadblocks instead of falling into unnecessary depression.

Crowdsource- Solving a problem can be as easy as crowdsourcing. The better your community relations, the easier it is to find someone somewhere who has the expertise to fix whatever is broken. Spend your time pouring into others and they will be there when you need them, too.

Overcoming Side Hustle Setbacks.
How to organise your life around your business.

So, now you have started your side hustle!  Welcome to the chaos and the feelings of overwhelm and disorganization. Chances are, you feel a bit out of your league, or - at the very least - a bit caught up in the hurricane of balancing home life, possibly another job, and all of the other expectations pulling on you from every direction. That’s a lot of pressure.

In the beginning, a side hustle may feel more like a burden than an outlet. Don’t worry, things will get better. The sooner you find ways to organize your life, the easier the side hustle - and other aspects of your life - will feel. Taking on something new highlights the areas where we may have gotten lazy or avoided paying attention to important elements of life. From laundry and meal prep to getting your goods or services out there on time, having life hacks in place will make things easier.

I’ve got two pro-tips for you to use to get your life organized and better accommodate your side hustle.

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Pro-Tip #1 Outsource and Automate:

Examine your on and off-duty life. What tasks are required to meet the needs of your family and customers? Of these needs, what can be outsourced or automated and free up your time?

Some common domestic tasks to outsource and automate are:

  • Lawn Maintenance
  • Housekeeping
  • Washing and maintaining vehicles
  • In-home organization
  • Auto bill paying
  • Auto purchase and delivery of home goods (think supermarket delivery services)
  • Auto delivery of medication and pet medications

Some common work-related tasks to outsource and automate are:

  • Packaging and mailing products
  • Copywriting
  • Customer service
  • Bookkeeping
  • Website management
  • Auto renewal of memberships
  • Automated invoice management

The key to making decisions about what to delegate and automate lies in determining how much doing an action costs you when you could be doing a money-making activity. If you can pay someone $20.00 to mow your lawn for an hour of time and you can use that time to generate much more income, then outsourcing is the answer.

Pro-Tip #2 Delegate:

Some things you may not want to outsource. Perhaps having someone outside of your home do your laundry is a no go. Consider delegating tasks. Depending on the ages of your kids, you may have a labour force at hand. Having your family pitch in and participate in domestic work isn’t a bad thing. Sharing responsibilities builds important character traits in children.

Consider giving chores a price value and allowing your family to “bid” for the job. Lay out your expectations and “hire” them to do the work. Teach fundamental skills by critiquing their work and requiring them to put a portion of their earnings into saving to teach tax principles. Delegating can be a wonderful opportunity to free up time for your side hustle and teach important life skills.

Common domestic tasks to delegate are:

  • Meal prep
  • Household chores - large and small.
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Errands
  • Car washing and maintenance
  • Pet management

Your side hustle is going to demand attention and if your goal is to take things to a higher level, organization is key. These two pro-tips may seem obvious, but you might be surprised at how much you haven’t been willing to let go of.

Take a look at the areas of your life where you can outsource, automate, and delegate and you will begin to feel the pressure lift and the enthusiasm you have for your side hustle increase.

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