Too Many Jobs

The Art of Overwork In COVID Times

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I started my boutique store concept years ago as the side hustle I was repetitiously advised to have.

“Take your skills and use them for yourself”
“You make these companies so much money, why not do it for you!!”

When the store concept became a full brick-and-mortar, full-time commitment, I felt I was living in a dream! However, as anyone in retail will share, it turned quickly into a race to stay above water. I started other side hustles; I started consulting for fashion companies and took on a few network marketing roles with brands selling products that fulfilled what I felt was missing in my own store. I even picked up a part-time position with a national company doing grocery delivery. The later proved essential when COVID shut down my store. While there was a blip of an online bubble, what quickly became the thirst for human interaction virtually soon became virtual exhaustion. The grocery delivery service took over and paid the bills, but I wanted (needed) more.

Now I find myself at a crossroads, constantly coming up with new ideas from old passions and trying to refocus myself in a few strong directions. How many “side-hustles” are too many?

I recently navigated treacherous waters where all of a sudden, they all proved to be fruitful when my whirlwind spurt of energy that allowed me to have an awesome two weeks of success. I know that while planning and time management could make it possible, I also have a tendency to push myself into everything when I have the energy and when I don’t, I take up residence in Suck City where everything feels like failure.

The respite in the whirlwind was always having the shoulders of the Moms of Business group on which to lean my head. Learning how to cope, make money, be strategic, and meet awesome like-minded ladies is the key to seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I have yet to fully accepted that I have “two many jobs” but I know that I have the drive and the help I need to keep pushing the gas pedal.

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