52 Weeks, 52 Books – Week 7, Book 7

What if it does work out? What if all of this work that I’m putting into this side hustle (which is exactly what this is for me…at least right now), what if it actually does work out for me and I can ditch the 9-to-5? That’s the dream, at least in the long run. It’s also one of the things that I’ve never allowed myself to ask for a number of reasons. While they all seemed like valid reasons, I’m now questioning each of them thanks to this book…

“What if It Does Work Out?” by Susie Moore was another spectacular audio book I found, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to as I was driving to and from my 9-to-5. In all of my work around my side hustles over the years, this was the one question that I’d never allowed myself to ask. I didn’t actually mean for this current side hustle to be a side hustle. I’d expected to work it as a standard 9-to-5, and to continue my earlier side hustle until it provided us with the chance to break through. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

Wait, before we go on, there’s a good chance that NONE of you know about my previous side hustles (especially considering the failure of all of them up until now!), so here’s a brief list…

  • Chocolatier
  • Photographer
  • Greeting Cards (related to the photographer bit)
  • Credit/Debit card processing
  • Vinyl Wall Decals
  • Dropshipping (more than once!)
  • Kids Books
  • Discount Book Store (we grew out of the kids books and needed to expand our niche)

The problem with all of these side hustles? I’m not a very good salesperson. I can talk a good game, but my heart’s not in it, and I’m not about to try to sell someone something they don’t need. At the end of the day, my sales skills just weren’t up to snuff. The difference with this is that I’m not trying to sell anyone, I’m trying to build them up. This isn’t a one-sided transaction where I give you something for money, because when individuals and organizations are more resilient, then it makes my 9-to-5 easier. Resilience is a non-zero-sum game!

In all of my work, I’d never once allowed myself to ask what I would do if it did work out! The truth is that I don’t know exactly what I’d do, but there is a better than even chance that this side hustle will work out, and will eventually become my 9-to-5. If it does work out, that means that I can start setting my own hours and work around the needs of my family instead of fitting my family around my work needs.

In an effort to make it work, and work much more effectively, you’re going to see me start rolling out some more features, and hopefully start getting more posts up on the blog on a regular basis. It’s not always as easy as just sitting down, but I’m trying to make better use of spare time and dedicated writing time to get posts up and scheduled. In the meantime, enjoy my ramblings!

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