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50: Get Your Hustle On! From Side Hustle to Main Business

Updated: Nov 29, 2021

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Side hustles can help you not only learn more about yourself but help you find your path and your passion for the long haul. Sometimes it's trial and error, and not everything is going to be a hit. But the most important thing is to take that first step because you never know if you’ll end up earning a side income in the process.

In today’s episode, Zuri and her guest Bola are talking about how to generate income on the side while navigating your life, your family, and your full-time work. If you want to achieve financial freedom by starting a side hustle, this episode is for you! Bola Sokunbi is one of the leading faces in personal finance for women and the founder of Clever Girl Finance, a financial education resource hub for women. Zuri and Bola deep dive into how to build a side hustle from scratch, what it takes to turn your side hustle into a full-time business, and give their best advice for the wannabe hustlers.

We also have a group chat segment featuring Ashley & Veronica, who share their unique journey of creating additional revenue to achieve financial freedom. They talk about the stumbling blocks of building a side hustle, why mindset is so important to protect as you start your side gig, and pivots they made to find success in their industries.

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A Closer Look at The Episode:

  • [2:05] The different side hustles options

  • [6:26] Bola’s journey to starting Clever Girl Finance

  • [9:27] How to determine which side hustle works best for you

  • [11:02] Why side hustling is a great way to achieve financial freedom

  • [15:23] The risks of having both a side hustle and a full-time job

  • [17:50] How to make time for your side hustle

  • [18:37] Three steps to start your side hustle

  • [25:01] Mistakes Bola made (and learned from) while building her side hustle

  • [28:52] When to quit your full-time role for your side hustle

  • [31:16 ] Why starting any side hustle requires an upfront time commitment

  • [34:51] Ashlee & Veronica’s different side hustle journeys

  • [40:15] The pitfalls they experienced building their side hustle

  • [45:04] Why the emotional rollercoaster of side hustling is worth it

  • [49:30] What to do when your loved ones don’t support your dreams

  • [52:00] How to protect your mindset as you grow your business

  • [57:13] Eliminating imposter syndrome & finding confidence in your offer

  • [1:00:10] Winning moments they’ve experienced running a side hustle

  • [1:07:34] Why you need to curate what you’re hearing

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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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