A Glass of Red: Side Gigs and Things to Consider


Hey guys!

Sometimes my Glass of Red turns over into a Glass of Mimosa! I am unapologetically posting this today because I literally do what I can when I can when it comes to blogging. This is my hobby not my job, so when I have late days working like I did yesterday I gotta fit my posts in when I'm able to! Thank you for understanding!

Ever wonder if you could do more with your life? I mean, fill that creative need to live out some entrepreneurship and maybe start your own business doing something you love besides your commitment to your full time job? Or, maybe your looking to start something that could eventually take over as your main income and allow you to retire from your full time job? Today, I'm talking about doing balancing side gigs while working full time. Let me tell you... it's not easy.

I always felt a little pissed off when someone would tell me, "Hey, it's just a job. You don't have to be in love with what you do if it pays the bills". Well, why the hell can't I be in LOVE with what I do?? So what if you get paid well.. if you don't like what you do what does that say for your overall quality of life?  Now, don't get me wrong. We are all in different situations and sometimes we take what we can get to get that money. We deal with it until we find something better. I get it. It's a tough world out there. However, I'm talking about those of us who are itching to start something new and are at a place in their lives where they feel like they could handle starting a side gig. Something they actually really love doing and are determined to make that their primary living.

Kirk and I have a side business that we work together on that is really rolling. We are planning my retirement from my full time job in about a year or so. I have another side business with my paintings where my passion truly lives. But how do you balance all of this all the time? That is something we deal with everyday. Honestly, It is based solely on a hierarchy of priorities.

1. Family First. My son is my main priority. I will drop everything to help raise him and give him what he needs.

2. Main source of Income. Your full time job is how you pay the bills. Don't quit it just yet until you have fully established your side businesses to where you are making more than your full time job gives  you. That is when you truly know your work is successful.

3. Prioritize your side gigs. My husband and I obviously put the side business generating the most money with the most potential to make money over the others. My painting and design work comes second to our main side gig because my business comes in waves, and I don't have the time to really devote 100% of myself to it all the time. Maybe one day!

4. This one is just a reminder to take time to relax and breathe. It can be really hard to juggle being everything to everyone AND be working, blogging, side gigging, mommying, and wifeying. DAMN.

I know you all are a bunch of GO GETTERS, so you probably balance all this just fine, but I hope this little bit of advice helps you in some way! Let me know what you think!