The reason that most moms get paralyzed and quit before even starting a side hustle is because of mindset myths that hold them back. Mom Powered Life is a personal side hustle of two moms. I won’t pretend that this wasn’t scary to start, but once we got over the initial fears, it became easier to show up and work on the side hustle.
But first, what is a side hustle?
Wonolo defines as a side hustle as:
A side hustle is any type of employment undertaken in addition to one’s full-time job. A side hustle is generally freelance or piecework in nature, providing a supplemental income.
In short, a side hustle is a way to bring in another source of income to help support your family.
If the idea of starting a side hustle is both terrifying and exciting at the same time, keep reading.
Today, I’ll address some of the most common myths I hear about starting a side hustle. We’ll also tackle some of the mindset issues that mothers face when embarking on this journey.
But, they don’t have to.
Side hustles can take up as much or as little time as you want. Some people work on their side hustles when their children are long asleep.
Some do seasonal side hustles.
For example, I have a personal friend who brings in an additional $12,000 per month making tablescapes. She’s a talented baker who creates fancy, high-end tables of beautiful cake. However, she only does this seasonally, meaning she doesn’t work on this business all year round.
You can absolutely work on a side hustle on your time instead of devoting every second of your day to it.
Here are some ways you can create time to work on your side hustle:
A side hustle doesn’t need to take up too much of your time, but you do need to figure out how to use the time you have wisely.
We’re living in the age of information! You can teach yourself so many easy things. For example, you can YouTube how to:
You probably also have some skills that you can monetize right now, without needing to learn anything new. Here are some side hustles that you can try immediately:
There are SO many things you can do for a side hustle that doesn’t require a lot of training. Take a look at your current skill set and see if any of those things can be monetized.
I mean, it could, if you’re trying to do something like flip houses or flip clothes on eBay. However, there are PLENTY of low-cost (I’m talking less than $20) things you can do to start a side hustle.
All you need for dog walking is some treats, a leash, and a harness.
To start a blog, you can purchase a host and domain for $20 on GoDaddy.
Like to write? Do customer support? Graphic design? It costs NOTHING to open an Upwork account and start freelancing online.
There are also things like tutoring English (degree required) or transcription that also cost nothing to start. All you need is your computer and an internet connection. You can even do it from the library if you’re struggling to get a computer or strong internet.
Now that we’ve worked through the top 3 myths of why so many women struggle to start a side hustle, let’s talk about your mindset.
“When you really want something, you will find a way. When you don’t really want something, you’ll find an excuse.”
― Rachel Hollis, Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
There are some mindset shifts that you’ll need to work on because starting a side hustle is scary and your fears are completely valid, but it shouldn’t result in excuses or never trying to begin with.
Let’s talk about some of the most common mindset issues I hear from mamas trying to start a side hustle.
As moms, we often struggle with self-esteem issues. We watch working women achieve their dreams and make leaps in their career goals while we’re loading dishes for the umpteenth time today and can barely make a homemade meal on the rough days.
It feels like everyone else has their stuff together, except you.
And mama, nothing could be further from the truth.
“Stay in your lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.” – Brene Brown
There is no competition in side hustles. You do what makes you happy and you set personal goals for yourself.
Someone else making $10,000/month doesn’t mean you can’t happily make an extra $100/month. Your journey is yours and unique to you.
Don’t take away your opportunity to start a side hustle because you’re too busy looking at everyone else’s successes.
You deserve to win too.
It’s time that you believed in yourself.
Your side hustle is yours.
You can determine how long or short you want it to run for.
Want to only side hustle seasonally? That’s fine too. My friend that I mentioned above, nets five figures doing seasonal side hustling.
Remember: you are in control.
If you’re still alive, kicking, and breathing, you are never too old to start something.
My neighbor is 65 years old and side hustling!
A lot of side hustles don’t care about your age. In fact, your age can be a benefit to you because it shows that you have life experience.
There are also plenty of freelance jobs like writing, editing, transcribing, and design, that only cares about the work you put out and not how old you are.
Unlike the traditional working world, side hustles rarely care about your age.
There are several ways you can navigate this.
No matter where you live, there will be basic things that everyone needs. For example:
If you are passionate about one of your skill sets that have no demand in your immediate location, you can take it to the internet! You can:
Don’t let your location stop you from pursuing a side hustle.
The reality of being alive is that you will always run into the risk of failure. What creates fulfillment is your ability to stand back up, dust yourself off, and try again, despite failure.
Did you think that all the biggest businesses out there right now had a straightforward path to success? No way!
Businesses like Apple, Netflix, and even Lego nearly collapsed instead of being the giants they are today.
Need some motivational stories to read about business who DID fail and got back up? Click here.
Yes… you might fail.
But what if you succeed?
You can have all the excuses in the world, but if you try out a side hustle and make a few hundred and move on, it’s still a few more hundred than what you started with.
It’s not meant to last forever but maybe a period or season in your life.
Remember, you can always start a new one afterward.
Ready to start a side hustle? Tell me your ideas or link your side hustle in the comments section!