Do you feel the back to school buzz? Parents everywhere are posting pictures of their kids going back to school. Stores are crowded with students buying all of the things they need to start the new year. New planners. New notebooks. New backpacks. New clothes.
How can you take advantage of that buzz and use it for your side hustle? A lot of people think of September as a start of the new year instead of January. You can get a jumpstart by taking advantage of this next four months and get stuff done.
1. Plan your year.
I used to love starting a new school year with a student planner and plotting out everything: tests, projects, and papers. This way I could start figuring out where to schedule in study time and writing time.
What do you want to accomplish in your business over the next school year? Where do you want to be this time next year? What are your goals? Are there any classes you need to take? Books on your wish list?
Grab your favorite planner (I just ordered this one!) and start plotting out your year.
2. Get school supplies.
In thinking about school supplies for your business, think about things that will save you time. Especially if you are doing the side hustle/day job dance, your time is even more precious and limited. The goal is to automate as much as you can and use technology to help.
What kind of things can go in your tech toolbox? Are you collecting email addresses? Will an online scheduler help you schedule those clients calls? Do you need a course to help you figure out what kind of business you are trying to build?
Stuck? Check out my must-have tools for starting your side hustle for some inspiration!
3. Get a study buddy
When I was in school, I always found someone that could be my partner. Someone I could share notes with and bounce ideas off of; basically, just someone that was going through the same thing that I was going through.
You can use a study buddy in business too. Building a business is one of the hardest things that you'll ever do. And you can get stuck in your own head all the time brainstorming and thinking of things and going around in circles. But if you start sharing that information with someone you trust, you can start getting validation that you’re on the right track or you may get other ideas that’ll get you thinking even more. Who can be your study buddy? Who can hold you accountable and help you meet your goals? Are there Facebook groups you can join with other side hustlers or biz owners?
This is a great time of the year to take a hard look at the goals you want to accomplish by the end of the year and use the energy and momentum of back to school to get you moving forward.