It’s been 30 days as an entrepreneur taking Girl Meets Party full-time. I thought it would be a smooth transition since I was going from two jobs to one job, but it’s been a little clunky. Isn’t the dream to always take your side hustle full-time? Mine was and while I’m so grateful I did. It hasn’t been as easy as I thought. Here’s why.
1. There’s always work to do, and if you’re not working, no one’s working
We all have busy jobs and there’s always work to do. That’s a given. However, I underestimated how to handle that feeling with my own business. Sure, it’s only been 30 days as an entrepreneur, but it’s hard to set boundaries. With a corporation, the work is spread around a team of people. Yes, I have a team, but everyone has a super specific role. Plus, their roles are limited because they either work full-time or are in school. For me, this was one of those things I didn’t process until I was in it.
2. Finding the balance of revenue to workload is hard
It’s hard to determine the cadence of your work. At first, when projects pop up, you want to take them immediately. However, you quickly realize this one-man-band only has 24 hours in a day. Sure, you can use your time wisely, but in the last 30 days as an entrepreneur, I’ve realized prioritization has a whole new meaning. I’ve set an annual and monthly forecast for myself to help feel more prepared for how much work I want to take on. I feel grateful that my projects have been coming in at a steady pace. While it still feels like I’m drinking from a water hose, it’s a great problem to have.
3. You can work anywhere
You would think this is a blessing, right? It is, it is! I love it. I get to decide whether I want to work from the studio, home or a coffee shop. All of that freedom can leave you a bit scattered though. One practice I picked up while I was working a corporate job and my [then] side hustle were to set my schedule for the week on Saturdays or Sundays. I still do this today and decide where I’ll work each day, too. It helps me to stay organized.
4. You set the routine
Sure, it’s only been 30 days as an entrepreneur, but setting a routine is not easy. You have to be really tight with your priorities and decipher how much time you want to give to each type of task. From there, you can determine your routine. I’m not there yet, but I’m reminding myself this is a new job. Even though I started the business 3 years ago, this is the first time I’ve done it full-time, and it takes 90 days to adjust to a new role.
5. Being a working parent is hard in general
Being a mom is a whole new piece to life. It’s hard to know how life-changing it is until you’re in it. You’re constantly either taking care of this tiny human. And if you’re not taking care of them, you’re thinking about taking care of them. I still tap into my tips of balancing a side hustle and a full-time role frankly because being a mom & working is a lot to juggle.
But it’s worth it
With an office job, you show up from 9-5. Your paycheck comes every 2 weeks. Some days you have an off day, and that’s OK. You don’t own the company so it doesn’t stress you out. When it’s your own company, it’s different. But here’s the thing, it’s just a new set of rules to get used to. I wouldn’t change it. Going full-time is not as seamless as I expected it to be and that’s OK. Rule number one from my 2019 goals is to give myself grace, and that’s exactly what I’m doing. It’s all a process and this is part of the journey.
So if you’re working for a company and dreaming of taking that side hustle full-time, know this: Your dream is worth it because it’s your passion. When you love something so much (like I love being an entrepreneur), the hard parts aren’t headaches. They’re just little speed bumps. It reminds me a bit of being a mom. So here’s to some speed bumps in the journey. To me, a smooth ride would be boring so here goes nothin’!
Affectionately known to her friends as Millennial Martha for her love of DIY and decorating, Jen can’t help but pour her heart + soul into everything she touches. She’s loved to entertain since acquiring a table and chairs, and giving gifts is one of her favorite hobbies. Jen is the creator of Girl Meets Party. Her dream is to share her passions with the world in hopes to inspire others by making the seemingly unattainable attainable.