ways to make money on the side

Treat Your Full-Time Gig Like a Side Hustle

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There are a lot of ways to make money on the side.  I’ve tried nearly all of them.

Yes, my name is Jason and I am a serial side hustler.

My wife and thought we could hustle our way to Avon success.  Then there were custom storybooks for kids.

We’ve started and abandoned more blogs than I care to mention.  I bought and sold stuff using the Amazon FBA program.

For Every Success There Were 10 Failures

For every ten failures we had a success.  My wife was a Thirty One bag consultant and did a great job.

I managed to take a small blog and grow a large audience of 20,000 subscribers.

The problem is nothing has been successful enough, for long to enough, to replace my full-time income.  I’m not even sure I would want to.

For the most part I enjoy my work. However, it occurred to me the other day that while I am a hard worker, I’m sometimes guilty of not pouring the same passion into my full-time gig as I do my side hustle.

I suspect that is probably true for a lot of entrepreneurs, because it is in the side hustle we see the more direct effects of our increased efforts.

Cranking out more and more blog posts, or widgets, or things to sell on eBay immediately boosts our bottom line.

Working 50% harder at our full-time jobs doesn’t equate to a 50% rate – I can assure you.

How To Maintain the Same Passion About Full-Time Work

My full-time job provides many things for my family.

It provides shelter, food, clothing, medical care, vacations and the occasional entertainment luxury expense like a football game or concert.

It’s when I am most aware of these things that I am happiest to work hard at my full-time job.

Don’t get me wrong; if money were no object I might change career fields or volunteer the majority of my time for a cause about which I am most passionate.

But money is an object. I have bills to pay and mouths to feed

The following are a few ways I try to maintain the same level of excitement about my full-time gig as I do my side hustles:

1. Continue to learn new things.

The fastest way to a deep rut is complacency. Always continue to learn new skills to make yourself more marketable to potential employers, and more valuable to your current one.

2. Network with new people.

At my last job a buddy of mine went to lunch with me every day.  We sat in the same booth at Subway and ate variations of the same boring sandwich.

Not good.

Expand your lunch crew, change the venue, brown bag it and play a board game with coworkers.

3. Read Gung Ho and discover why your work is worthwhile.

Everyone performs an important job.  However, some of us have been led to believe what we do is not worthwhile.

The book Gung Ho will help you understand that every job is important, and that each of us play a part in a bigger team.

4. Seek motivation from external sources.

Early in my career I was stuck in a rut at my employer.  I wanted to be a leader; I wanted to coach people and inspire them to do better.

But, I was young and had little experience so management was reluctant to promote me.

So I turned to coaching youth sports when my kids began to play.  I coached youth soccer for several years and enjoyed every minute of it.

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