Five years ago when I lived in London I would spend my early mornings, lunchtimes and evenings pouring over blogs of coaches that I loved, learning about all things personal development and online business.

It was from then on that I knew I would do that work someday myself, in addition to my consulting work.

This realisation might have happened to you too. Over the last two years I’ve watched my clients create some incredible businesses that started as a ‘side hustle’ – from photography businesses, blogs, creating lifestyle products, building consultancies and more.

If you are currently spending your days in your cubicle or open plan office wondering ‘what if?’ then I encourage you to consider your options outside of your ‘9-5’ / current office hours.

Here are some reasons why it might be time to start your own side hustle…


You are motivated and ambitious


Side hustles aren’t for those who would rather binge on Netflix for 10 hours on a Sunday than sit down for an hour to do some extra work. In addition to being incredibly rewarding and fulfilling, starting a side hustle requires commitment and dedication. If you are a self-starter with ambitious plans for the future, then starting a side hustle might just be for you.


Your day job doesn’t satisfy you fully


I hear this a lot in coaching sessions. The reality of the situation is that we are actually putting a lot of pressure on our day jobs by expecting them to give us everything we need. The creativity, the ability to use our brains in a lot of different ways, the need for alone time, the desire to build things, partner with certain types of people…holy expectations! What I see so often is that when we take that pressure off our day jobs, by steering our energy towards our side hustle, we often end up showing up as better versions of ourselves in the office too.


You are an ‘ideas man’ (or woman)


I hope if you’re an Aussie lady you clocked that reference from The Castle. #classic Let me ask you – do you have all the ideas swirling around for potential business ventures and ways to monetise in your spare time? If so, it might be time to start sharing these gifts with the world! So often we ignore those beautiful sparks of inspiration, when we should instead be following our curiosity to explore those sparks and seeing where they take us. Very few of us have one single passion that we should identify and follow. More often it’s these little nudges from the universe that help guide us instead. 

The ‘gig economy’ is on the  incline, as job security becomes a thing of the past. Considering different income streams is a smart way to set yourself up for long term success, as well as being incredibly fulfilling.


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Much love,

Ellie xo

3 Comments on SIDE HUSTLE SERIES PART 1: Is it time to start a side hustle?

  1. Mumma
    October 23, 2017 at 3:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Great blog Elle! I must listen to the Oprah podcast! And I will check out Meisha’s blog!
    Mumma xx

    • Ellie Swift
      October 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks for being my biggest supporter mumma (tied with Chay) xxx


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