Despite what anyone tells you, it's very possible to start and thrive while running a side hustle. Although it might call for a bit more sacrifice, some sleepless nights and longer work days, pursuing your passion is something we all should aspire to do at least once in our lives. Plus, you never know, you might go from having no experience at all in your field to building a business worth 7 figures. If you have a dream, you should pursue it relentlessly!
But what should you know if you don’t know where to start? Well, here are three important lessons you should take into consideration according to KinkyCurlyYaki CEO & Founder, Vivian Kaye:
Don't Be Afraid To Be the Janitor
When starting your own business, it's very likely that you'll have to know how to do a little bit of everything, especially when first starting out and before you have the funds to outsource. That’ll include also doing the “little” things, the things that’ll definitely count in the long run.
“If you believe you're too good to do the work of a janitor than you should not get into entrepreneurship,” says Kaye, who initially started her hair company as a side hustle more than five years ago. “EVERYTHING becomes your responsibility when you start a business.”
Remember, nothing is too big or too small when shooting for success, especially when it’s your business with your name on it.
Ruthlessly Focus on Your Strengths
Launching a business will also require you to take on an editor’s eye, constantly evaluating and fine-tuning processes in place. Yes, that’ll even include evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses.
“Hire people when you can who are better in the areas where you have weakness,” Vivian notes, “Yes, in the beginning you may have to do every job, but at some point you need to focus your energy on what you're really good at and on activities that actually move the business forward. Dwelling on your weaknesses is communicating to the universe that you're not grateful for your strengths.”
And before you think you’re absolutely perfect in everything regarding your business, remember even Beyoncé and Oprah have teams. Although you might see the financial investment as a nuisance at first, getting the right people by your side will allow your dreams to flourish.
Appreciate the BIG Little Steps
As entrepreneurs, it’s easy to get caught up in the things that don’t go our way. However, don’t get stuck in the comparative nature of the industry or in assuming you aren’t exactly where you need to be. According to Vivian, “it's all the little steps that have the biggest impact in the long run.” She added, “pace yourself. Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Remember nobody else is on this journey with you, and that’s honestly the best part!