“Side hustle culture” has never felt more alive!
It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a story of someone making it big on their own and quitting their day job to pursue their own business ventures.
Don’t get me wrong — these stories are super inspiring and awesome to hear!
But the issue is that these stories can often make it seem like having a side hustle is all rainbows and butterflies.
The reality is that there are a lot of side hustle myths floating around there (both good and bad), which is why I wanted to take some time to squash them and give you some real-life insight.
Side Hustle Myths
1. You’ll Be Happier Working Your Side Hustle Than Your Regular Job
While this might be true in some cases, a lot of people overlook the fact that having a side hustle can feel a bit overwhelming at times (especially at the start!).
You can enjoy your regular job and side hustle the same, too!
Some people choose to take on a side gig because it gives them a chance to pursue multiple passions at the same time. Just because you take on a side hustle doesn’t mean you have to hate your day job.
Another side hustle myth buried in here implies that your side hustle won’t feel like “work” because it’s something you’re more passionate about.
Trust me, there are going to be days when your hustle feels like a million bricks on your shoulders. That’s just how business goes sometimes!
Now, if you do decide to start a side hustle, it should ABSOLUTELY be something you enjoy (otherwise you should just start saying hello to burnout now). That being said, even your labors of love encounter struggles, so don’t expect that your side hustle will be any different.
2. You Have to Have a Side Hustle
For those of you who are on the fence about having a side hustle, here’s the truth… it’s OK to not have one!
Starting a side gig isn’t for everyone.
You may find that you are completely content with your regular job and want to spend your free time doing other activities or hobbies.
If that’s you, then don’t ever feel guilty about not launching a side hustle. What matters most is doing what you love and spending your time in a way that’s valuable to YOU.
3. The Money Will Come Easy
Side hustles are a labor of love and take time to get off the ground.
No matter what your side hustle is, you’re going to have to devote time to it in order to start making money.
Some gigs are going to be easier than others, but none of them are going to allow you to sit back and do nothing 100% of the time.
Even passive income requires the initial effort to get everything set up and put in place!
And with the world of technology constantly changing, you may be forced to shift directions in order to keep your income level steady.
For example, when Facebook started heavily focusing on advertising, organic reach suffered significantly, which greatly impacted a lot of small businesses. What once seemed like “easy money” became a lot more difficult.
The moral of the story — don’t fall for this side hustle myth. Know that you’re going to have to dedicate time to it and build it up before the money starts flowing in. And even once you do find a system that works, you’ll have to make adjustments along the way.
4. You Have to Have It All Figured Out
When it comes to having a side hustle, you have to realize that you’re never going to have it all figured out.
If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say they weren’t ready to launch because they were still working on something, I’d be a millionaire.
Sure, you need to have somewhat of a plan before starting, but if you spend all your time trying to make everything perfect before launching, then guess what? You’ll never launch!
Be someone that learns how to adapt and make adjustments along the way instead of trying to be too much of a perfectionist.
5. Everyone Will Be Supportive
For whatever reason, there are always a handful of people who are going to doubt your efforts and think that you will fail. They may even say that what you’re doing is a bad idea or point out all of the negatives of your side hustle.
It’s a sad reality that we have to deal with as side hustlers, but that’s why we need to believe in what we’re doing and drown out that negativity.
So if you have thin skin, it’s time to bulk that up a bit and accept that not everyone is going to support you in your journey.
Focus your energy on the people that do believe in you and use that as fuel to keep pushing forward.
Do you have any other side hustle myths you’ve encountered?
I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
And here are some side hustle stats to check out if you’re interested in the numbers behind it all!