Embracing Your Side Hustle: How to Take Control of Your Career Transition

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It’s not news that the pandemic turned the world upside down—and we’re not just talking about in our personal lives. Seeing the world change puts a lot of things into perspective. For a lot of people, it helped bring into sharp focus what’s REALLY important in their lives. 

So if you’re like us, that means that your priorities might be changing. 

And your career is no exception. This year alone, over half of people are considering a career change. 

Instead of just letting life happen to you, it’s your chance to take control. If you’re trying to take your side hustle full-time and ditch the corporate gig, we know it can be a struggle! But there are some common misconceptions about your career, and it’s time to mythbust these ideas to help you achieve your ultimate goals.

Work has to be hard.

Grinding day after day isn’t the only way to thrive. Instead of stressing over deadlines or scrambling to hit KPIs, think strategically about how to achieve your goals. That way, you can stress less and go further, all at the same time.

When you’re pursuing building a biz that lights you up, work doesn’t always have to feel like work. While it might require long days and dedication, pursuing what you love will fill up your cup! Continue to chase the things that play to your strengths and lean into your own authentic self to help the grind feel like less of a challenge day after day.

Long hours mean more success.

Just because someone shows up at 7 a.m. and doesn’t leave until 8 p.m., doesn’t mean they’re better at their job. Instead, it’s about optimizing your time, recharging your energy, and increasing your productivity so that you can achieve your goals, all while prioritizing your well-being.

When you’re juggling a 9-to-5 gig plus building a biz, it can require early morning, late nights, and working lunches. But when you work smarter (not harder), it really is possible to achieve what you put your mind to. Try calendar blocking, using a project management system, or other time management strategies that will help you streamline your day and get everything done. Yes, we really mean everything!

There’s only one way to make it to the top.

You don’t have to climb the corporate ladder to have a successful career. Founding your own business and taking the entrepreneurial route is just as valid of a journey as the corporate alternative. Tune inward to define the path that’s right for you! 

For corporate employees with side hustles, it’s all about balancing your full-time biz with building your business. We’ve advised clients who’ve pivoted from entrepreneurship to traditional employment—and visa versa—and helped them with everything from landing executive corporate roles to slaying the B2B sales game to scaling their side hustles.  There’s no right way to own your swagger!

If your career is in transition and you need help busting the myths, join The Swagger Spot to connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs who have been in your shoes! Ask questions, get advice, and build your network in our exclusive Idem Spark community!

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