249: How To Side Hustle And Not Get Fired

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249: How To Side Hustle And Not Get Fired

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All this month I’m sharing the Best Of Side Hustle Pro episodes! In this episode I explore how to keep your job secure while side hustling. 

I break down:

Why you shouldn’t assume your employer will tell you no

How to create a schedule that doesn’t conflict with your day job

Why you should identify and know what’s in it for them

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Nicaila Matthews Okome 0:02

You're listening to Side Hustle Pro, the podcast that teaches you to build and grow a side hustle from passion project to profitable business. And I'm your host, Nicaila Matthews Okome. So let's get started.

Hey, yo, hey, happy merry is Nicaila here, and I am coming to you with an oldie but goodie this week. That's right, I am throwing it back with some of the best of side hustle pro episodes all this month, as I lead up to be five year celebration of slides, I was approached in June, I cannot wait to have some surprises in store for you. full transparency, I'm getting those surprises together now. So I hope it works out. No, but for real, we're gonna have a great celebration in June. And leading up to that, in case you've tuned in at different points in the journey, I want you to know some of the things that I've shared over the years that I think are really, really helpful and impactful if you are trying to be about this side hustle life. So check out today's episode all about how to side hustle and not get fired, aka how to do this juggle, how to do the dance. It worked for me. And it's something that I go back to all the time when people ask me, like, how do I do this? How do I side hustle? How do I work on my passion project? Well, I'm busy and I have all this going on? Or you know, I'm scared for my employer to find out that touch on all of that in today's episode. So I hope you like it. If you do you know what to do. Come on over to the side hustle pro Instagram page after this episode, and send me a blue heart. Alright, talk to you later.

I want to address something that I've been asked a few times now, both in the side hustle pro community on Facebook, and in one on one emails and text messages. And that question is, how do I side hustle without getting fired? I think it's so important that I pause right now to address this question before we get into April MD how to make a living doing what you love. Because it may be the thing that's preventing you from taking your side hustle to that next level. So I'm ripping a question straight out of the side hustle pro community on Facebook. And if you want to join us, just go to sidehustlepro.co/Facebook. So recently, someone wrote me everywhere I look online, at the recommendations for entrepreneurs to create their social media slash personal brand, using their name, posting personal photos share personal stories, in order to relate to their audience. While I want to put myself out there, my fear is that it may raise some eyebrows from colleagues and supervisors at my current nine to five. My entrepreneur colleagues at work have advised me to start a business under a business name other than my own and be incognito. This way, it will be hard for co workers and supervisors to know that I'm doing a side business. Their concern is that I will be perceived as not being serious about my day job, or that I'm putting more effort into my business. I'm beginning to feel conflicted. Please help. Okay, so I'm going to get into my response to this question in point one of today's episode, I really want you to kick off April with the mindset that you can make a living doing what you love, and that you can start doing that as a side hustle. And no, you do not have to be scared of getting fired. And today's episode, I'll break it down into three points. point one, don't assume your employer will tell you no point to create a schedule that doesn't conflict with work. Point three, what's in it for them? know the benefits of a side hustle for your employer?

First and foremost, point one. Don't assume your employer will tell you no. Now, at first glance, you might not think this directly correlates to how to not get fired. But it's so important because believe it or not, when I was starting out with side hustle Pro, I was really worried about my employer being upset about what I was doing. I work for a major Podcast Producer after all, but then I was having a conversation with a fellow podcaster Brittany Luce of for colored nerds. And she gave me a really good piece of advice. She said, don't tell yourself No, wait for someone else to do that. Shout out to Brittany for that. And what she was basically saying is a lot of times our fear causes us to not pursue things. You remember in that question from before. There was a big theme there of fear And our fear is what causes us not to pursue things. But our fear is often unfounded. You know, wait for someone else to express a concern before you assume that they will. And stop yourself prematurely from exploring a really cool idea. side hustle pro almost didn't exist because of fear. And fear is just false evidence appearing real. I didn't make that up. I was also talking to my fiance Moyer about this. And he also shared that his high school basketball coach used to tell them, don't self check, make somebody play defense and stop you. And that applies here, too. So those of you who feel like you have to be incognito. Ask yourself, do you really need to be incognito? Or are you self checking? Also, to not let other people project their own fears onto you, do not let those co workers wrap you up in their series of anxieties. Make a decision based on what you want to do, not what someone else who is scared is doing. Also consider how their own businesses are doing, you know, the person who asked the question in the group mentioned that these people are entrepreneurs are right, well take a look at their businesses do you want to replicate their pattern and the path that they're going No, do not take advice from someone you would not trade places with. That said, and this is a big disclaimer, and something that you have to do to do your due diligence and make sure you're not investing time into a business that is a conflict of interest with your employer. If you're creating a direct competitor to your employer, you're staring at a lawsuit. Alright, my friends. So do do your due diligence and research. But outside of that, make sure that you are not checking yourself.

Now, also point to a side hustle without getting fired. Create a schedule that doesn't conflict with work. So a side hustlers, we have to be diligent about keeping work and side hustle time separate. Now, how do you side hustle without getting fired? You got to do your work. In the previous question, someone was concerned that the employer would think that they cared more about their side hustle, or they were putting more effort into their side hustle. Look, the only way that people would feel that way is if you're not doing your job. So first and foremost, you need to do your job, you need to follow through and get the job done. So you aren't raising red flags as someone who is prioritizing their side hustle over their full time day job that is paying the bills. And so what that means is, we can't be lazy, we don't get to slack. And we also don't get to slip. So that means we have to sacrifice some fun sometimes, but trust me, it's all worth it. So we have to set out and we have to make a schedule. You've heard me talk about this a lot on the show the time management piece is so so very key. And you know, it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Like a lot of times, we we waste so much time during our days. And if we just snatch that time that we waste back from ourselves, we could put that towards side hustling. Like you do not even have to go to the extreme when you're just starting out. Guess what, setting aside two hours a day for your side hustle equals 14 hours a week. And do you know what you can accomplish in 14 dedicated hours a week? A lot, a whole lot. So when you're starting out, and you're creating the schedule, and you don't want to be overwhelmed, set aside an hour in the morning, an hour in the evening, or you know, an hour at lunch an hour in the evening, whichever way works for you. But just start out trying 14 hours, and then upgrade from there and go and push yourself harder from there. But start out committing to two hours a day you can accomplish so much with just that. Throughout my time as a side hustler, I've tested out many different schedules I've tested after work. There was a time when my lunch break was my sweet spot. But as I took on more responsibility that became harder and harder to do. So I shifted my schedule yet again. The thing about being a side hustler is you have to work around your work schedule. That is the key thing. If you have crazy hours, guess what that means you'll also have to get creative with your side hustle hours. Episode 10 Guest Courtney Sanders talks about getting up as early as 4am to get everything she needed to get done for her business and for her work into one day. I'm also a big fan of the afterwork hustle actually, you know, Summer is coming now and that may mean we have to miss out on a few happy hours, but that's okay. You know, I remember having drinks after work one day And as much as I enjoyed the company and getting out, I couldn't help but be calculating all the side hustle work I could have achieved in those few hours. So your mindset also shifts when you become really focused and really serious about your side hustle. I just want you to know that you can do this, you can sacrifice. And more importantly, if you want a side hustle and not get fired, you have to do this, you have to create a schedule that does not conflict with work. And, you know, here's how to make it blatantly clear to not set house on your work hours. If you want to side hustle and not get fired. Do not side hustle at work. All right. Hey, guys, it's Nicaila here with a quick word from our sponsors. Many thanks to better help for sponsoring today's episode. So guys, gather around let us talk about our happiness,

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When you say hustle, you're often starting as a one woman or one man show, and you're forced to learn everything from marketing to accounting, allowing you to flex muscles in areas you may not get to dip into work. So for example, in my role, I have brought skills to my job that I learned on my own being a side hustler, for example, everything I know about pay Facebook ads, I've learned on my own working on side hustle pro and promoting side hustle Pro. Everything I've learned about Shopify and e commerce, I've learned from creating my own Shopify store, planning my own sales and seeing how my back end system works. And now I am applying those skills at work. So it's really cool to be able to say, Hey, I developed this because of my side hustle. And here's what I'm bringing to work because of it. Another point is a side hustle helps you grow as a leader. So while at your full time role, you often have to wait for three or four stakeholders to weigh in before you can make a decision. With a side hustle, you are tasked with making all the decisions and to live with the consequences of that decision. And it truly truly makes you grow as a leader and enhances the way you think how strategic you are, when you are the one that has to live with the consequences of whatever you decide. Finally, and I think most importantly, a side hustle serves as an outlet, often in your full time role. You don't get to choose what you work on. a side hustle gives you an outlet to explore your passions and be creative in a way you don't get to be at work most times that gives you energy in this renewed vigor that you can then bring into the office. Don't underestimate that point. It's so important to have an outlet and passion projects. There's been so much research done it's so do look into that and do have that point as one of the reasons why you side hustle because it's so important. And with that, I just want to say what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start planting the seeds for your side hustle. And if you already dabble on the side, now is the time to up the ante. Join me over in the side hustle pro Facebook community so we can talk more. I want you to take that first step this week. Visit sidehustlepro.co/Facebook to join. And there you have it. Talk to you next week. Hey guys, thanks for listening to side hustle Pro. If you like the show, be sure to subscribe rate and review on Apple podcasts. It helps other side hustlers just like you to find the show. And if you want to hear more from me, you can follow me on Instagram at side hustle Pro. Plus sign up for my six bullet Saturday newsletter at sidehustlePro.co/newsletter. When you sign up, you will receive weekly nuggets from me including what I'm up to personal lessons and my business Tip of the Week. Again that side hustle.pro.co/newsletter to sign up. Talk to you soon.

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Meet the host:

Nicaila Matthews-Okome

Hi! I’m Nicaila, the Creator and Host of the Side Hustle Pro Podcast. I started Side Hustle Pro when I was a side hustler myself. I was a digital marketer at NPR by day, side hustler by night. Through the powerful stories shared on this show and the courage to launch my own initiatives, I was able to quit my own job and go full time with Side Hustle Pro.

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