As I was creating slides and talking points for my recent speaking engagement at Side Hustle LIVE, I started thinking about lessons I’ve learned over the years running my side hustle.

And it’s also right on time for my blogiversary on April 14th!!

Eight years ago hot on the heels of the Spark and Hustle conference I started this blog. Back then I felt called to create a safe, fun space for women. I wanted them to feel empowered to create that online business without feeling held back by technology.

This decision has changed my life in so many ways. Over the years, it has resulted in:

  • New friends and online relationships
  • Job opportunities
  • Recognition like this and this
  • Tons of speaking opportunities

It's also been an incredible personal development adventure. In honor of my eighth year blogging, I wanted to share lessons I’ve learned:

  1. You don’t have to be an expert to start a blog or side hustle. You just need to know a little bit more than the next person.
  2. It is vital to have an action-oriented mindset. If you don’t know what to do, take action. Take one little step, even if it’s sharing your thoughts with a friend, to move forward.
  3. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. Find what works for you.
  4. Your day job is not the enemy. Working a day job serves and funds your side hustle. Along with taking care of your basic expenses.
  5. Social media makes it really easy to compare yourself to everyone else in the same industry or market as you. This will lead you down a road of unhappiness (been there, done that). Instead, compare yourself to yourself a year ago.
  6. Your blog or side hustle will evolve and that’s OK. As you learn more about yourself and how you like to work, your art will reflect that.
  7. Self-care needs to be a priority. This is not necessarily manicures and bubble baths. It’s about making time for you and things or activities that recharge you.
  8. Good things happen when you put yourself out there and take a leap of faith. Even if it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, you’ll learn something you can take with you in the future.

I’m super excited to go all in on helping side hustlers like myself find tips and tricks for managing their time and technology to make the hustle less overwhelming.

What are some lessons you’ve learned from running your blog or side hustle?