Side Hustle – Worth It or Just Another Job?
MSJ: I didn’t pick the perfect side hustle, the perfect side hustle picked me. I started throwing intimate events as a creative outlet. I took that outlet and monetized it and the rest is history.
H&B: I’ve always had an entrepreneurial heart, but I thought working my full-time job didn’t leave much time for passion projects on the side. I was completely wrong. Once you find something you are truly passionate about, it doesn’t feel like work. That’s what Hops & Bun Co. is for me.
MSJ: See above!
H&B:Currently, Hops and Bun Co. is just using Oyster Shells but there is much more to come! I scout Oyster Shells from local restaurants and pick them up once a month. I clean, bleach, glaze and then paint the oyster shells myself. Oyster Shells bring the perfect coastal vibe into any home!
SLL: A lot goes into embroidery that, unless you make it, you never know about. I had to teach myself how to use a machine, the different types of stabilizers, the best needles for different fabrics and how to different threads looked. My favorite part is getting to create new designs and watch them come together.
What’s the good / the bad / the ugly of doing a side hustle?
MSJ: Good:I LOVE being able to creatively express and execute on a concept. The notion of waking up one day with a idea and making that idea come to life is very fulfilling in a way that is not understandable until you do it. Bad: Time constraints can dampen your work flow sometimes. I have a full time job that isn’t exactly a clock in, clock out type of position. That means that sometimes your side hustle has to come last to make sure your main source of income is taken care of. The Ugly: Sometimes working full time and working your side hustle can wear down on your resolve.
MSJ: Yes, but master time management first.