many of you may have a side hustle working as freelancers or you have a product or service in development. some of you use your side hustle as a means to find the quickest escape route from a job you hate at worst or a job that does not fulfill you at best. if you have ever said to yourself “i don’t know exactly what I want but I know it’s not this” and began to create something on the side to fill the void, most would consider this a side hustle. it’s not that you aren’t grateful for a job that pays your bills. the issue is that you’re not fulfilled, you’re highly skilled in a different capacity than your job requires or you’ve worked for one too many horrible bosses. whichever of these realities you claim, they all lead to one destination…. the land of the other walking dead, deadendjobville.
you may hate your job more than others with a side hustle because you have the wrong perspective. you are doing your side hustle all wrong and need a shift in the way you think. first of all you are not an employee with a side hustle, you are a working entrepreneur. what’s the difference? i’m glad you asked.
i have coined the term working entrepreneur for those who know the role a job plays in an eventual entrepreneur strategy. understanding the difference makes going to a job daily much more tolerable. the job is the side hustle and not the other way around. working entrepreneurs are clear about their end goal, the long game which is to become a full time entrepreneur. working entrepreneurs do not diminish their contribution to the company they work with and we remain proud of being top performers. our perspective however is different than the masses who claim having a side hustle. working entrepreneurs think bigger than a side hustle. we think strategy in creating our own economies.
Attributes of a working entrepreneur:
most working entrepreneurs start out with the traditional side hustle mindset however at some point on our journey, the light bulb comes on and we get the bigger picture.
working entrepreneurs are our own angel investor bootstrapping our way to success. we maintain a job as a side hustle to take care of our obligations while investing in the venture and ourselves as entrepreneurs. working entrepreneurs put themselves and their platform first but we don’t speak of our venture openly or prospect for business for our venture on the job. working entrepreneurs do not define ourselves simply as individual contributors but we respect the value an individual contributor brings to an organization. it’s imperative for working entrepreneurs to understand that everything is a process thus careful planning must occur daily to transition to full time entrepreneurship status as safely as possible. lastly, working entrepreneurs find climbing the corporate ladder has unappealing therefore no effort is put into applying for new positions yet we still look for opportunities to contribute at a high level.
now you understand what a working entrepreneur is and the difference between a traditional side hustle. it is my goal to empower all would be, should be and could be entrepreneurs working on your venture while holding down a job to accelerate leaving your dead-end job for good. NOTE TO SELF: if a job doesn’t lead to your highest form of self-actualization, it’s a dead-end job sucking the life out of your life. period. don't play yourself into believing anything less.
repeat after me…. from this day forward, my job is my side hustle. i am a working entrepreneur soon to be an eventual entrepreneur and ultimately a thriving entrepreneur.
don't stop here. go all the way and state the full entrepreneur who leads affirmation here.