I recently quit my side hustle.
You know that nagging feeling that surfaces when you've worked too much? Have completely neglected proper diet and exercise? Or didn't budget for enough alone time?
This time, I actually listened.
Even a side hustle with one of the coolest, most progressive companies in existence couldn't make working 60+ hours a week sustainable. I realized two weeks ago when I was blind-sided by a nasty migraine mid-shift.
I was forced to close my computer, retreat to my dark bedroom, and complete my work before my day job the next morning. I sent my manager my two weeks notice shortly after.
Viva La Side Hustle
I've written before about the importance of a side hustle, and I still think it's true.
Wage stagnation continues to be a major issue in the United States.
Despite several years of growth, American wages are still 1.2% lower that where they were at the beginning of 2009. This may be contributing to the growing interest in side hustles and earning additional streams of income.
His community is dedicated to helping people earn more money, pay off debt, learn new skills, use free time more productively, and escape the rat race. He hopes to inspire others to reach financial freedom.
What I Learned From My Side Hustle
In addition to helping me reach $11,200 in savings over the past four months, my side hustle taught me a ton about customer service, fluency in several major software platforms, and helped improve my communication skills.
The extra money was attractive, but I also experienced a huge amount of professional growth through the day-to-day responsibilities of working for a tech company.
Software is constantly changing, and working in a support role requires an ongoing commitment to learning about these changes. I enjoyed problem-solving and loved offering advice to our customers.
Despite all that, I've been neglecting Cashville Skyline over the past few months, and I'm sorry for that. I'm even more disappointed I've been so careless with my health and wellness.
Saving money is great, but living a sedentary, overweight lifestyle has created a type of debt that may be harder to pay off.
Those drawn to the side hustle lifestyle will always be in danger of working too much, but guess what? Long hours don't actually lead to greater levels of productivity. In fact, it can even lead to inefficiency and decreased innovation.
Side hustlers should check in with themselves frequently, listen to their body, and attempt to maintain a balance.
If you just laughed at the thought of work-life balance, you're probably in need of a side hustle adjustment 🙂
I've re-aligned my priorities:
1) Health and wellness
2) Career growth as a digital marketer
3) Cashville Skyline
I'm not planning on adding any new side hustles or professional commitments that aren't related to personal finance or this blog.
I've shifted my side hustle perspective and started thinking about what's best for me long-term.
It wasn't easy to part with the extra $1,000+ a month (or the perks), but I'm looking forward to generating additional revenue from my own projects.
Readers: How Much Side Hustle is Too Much?