11: How A Promotion Has Me Adjusting My Side Hustle
It’s thrown my day job, side hustling balance way off as I familiarize myself with a new department and understand the work that I am now responsible to get done.
In this episode, I talk about how I am managing that balance and how it’s going so far.
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What is up, this is another episode, we’re ready to rock and roll here. And today we’re talking about how a promotion has me really adjusting my side hustle. And what’s crazy is that this thing came out of the blue. Literally one day I walked in, to work to my day job and it was, hey, let’s go up to the office. Let’s go sit down with the President and then in comes the founder. And we’re sitting there and we’re and, you know, we start going through this whole process long story short, I ended up with a promotion, which is, which is amazing. It’s awesome. I do really work hard in my day job. And I love my day job. You know, it’s never been one of those that I want to leave because I’m not fulfilled. And I’m not happy in what I’m doing. It’s just that I’m a hungry guy, you know, always want the next challenge always want to do different things.
And so that’s where the side hustle comes in. And you know, in today’s episode, I wanted to kind of walk through some of these, these things, right? Because things are going to happen, changes will happen. There’s no way to avoid them. It could be professionally, it could be personally. And that’s just life. Right? So first, I wanted to really talk about what I’m going to do, right? I’ve got a more intense day job promotion with like, they say in Spider Man, with great power comes great responsibility. And that’s true, right? I’ve got I’ve got more responsibility, I’ve got a higher title, a bigger role, more weight on my shoulders, and people who report to me. So it’s not something that I take lightly. And it’s not something that I would not handle my business on.
And so what does that mean, for the side hustle? Well, I still want to grow the side hustle, I still want to do web design and be involved in web design, because it’s a community of amazing people. So first and foremost, I’ve got to solidify my network, I’ve got to outsource work to some amazing people. And you if you’ve listened to the podcast before, you know, one thing I’m really big on is networking, and networking is has proven crucial in the past. And right now it’s proven even more crucial, because I’m going to have to outsource some of my work. And I’ve got a built in network of some really incredible people, specifically those people that I know in Josh Hall’s web design club, and I’ve linked it up before and I will link it in the show notes below as well, you can check out the club and join it if you see fit. I mean, it’s it’s an incredible community of really, really like minded people, you know, they’re hungry, they, they’re really helpful. And it’s just an awesome place to hang out, I find myself spending more and more time there as opposed to the infinite scroll of social media.
And so you know, that’s the first real part is I’ve got to solidify that network, I’ve got to really make sure that I have my, my contract workers locked tight. Well, the thing is that with this is going to reduce some free time, which is going to mean that as I outsource, I’m going to have to be okay with shrinking my business margins so that I can grow. So it means I need to spend more time in marketing, spend my efforts in business generating income, generating activities, and be really intentional about that. And I will admit, I’m the guy who loves to tinker with the new stuff. I love to play around with the new releases of Divi. I love to just stay involved in what’s new when it comes to the platform’s, which is certainly well because I’m very knowledgeable about the new releases in Divi and the new features and all that stuff. And, and that’s been great. But from a business standpoint, it’s cost me a lot of time, which I don’t have anymore.
So I’ve got to be okay with shrinking margins as outsource and I’m going going to lose some of that, that creative exploration in flipping this to running a business and project managing, which I’m totally fine with. It’s going to work perfectly in tandem with my new role in my day job. So in that way, I’m really excited about it. Something else that you really have to think about whenever you do get a promotion or something changes in your life, is that changing timelines are gonna happen. And what I mean by that is like, you know, I haven’t ever, I guess, a vision in my head. If I can get that out. I got a vision In my head of what projects look like, where I’m going to go, just self set deadlines that are put on me for things that I want to get done in my side hustle. And those things are going to have to change. And I’ve got to be okay with that. And I’m totally fine with that, you know.
But things will always change. And it’s not so much about trying to prevent them from changing or you know, how they impact you, it’s really everything that happens from that is a reflection of how you react to that change. Now, I completely believe that firmly 100% to my core, it’s all about how you react to those changes. And so if you take them as a positive, which I take this change in my life, and my day job, and my side hustle, as a massive, massive positive thing.
That’s, that’s, I guess, the third real big block that I wanted to cover, you know, being okay, with outsourcing work, I’m gonna have to. I really mentally struggling and come into peace with the fact that each project is going to yield less money. But if I do it, right, I can make more income, and then managing timelines. And the fourth thing that I wanted to cover, which is massive, to be able to grow this thing, and to do it the right way, is really focusing on automation. And what I mean by that is automating the things that that are repetitive, the things that don’t equal generating activity. And that’s invoicing, that is going to be marketing, some of those things.
And some some tools that I use for automation, I do use Zapier, I’ve done some work with Josh to help him automate his process to actually for his club and for his courses, and things like that. And it’s a lot of fun. But I’ve got to set that up and get that done. You all know I use 17 hats I use that for, for invoicing for payment collection, all that. And that thing is proven really invaluable. I was lucky enough to get a lifetime deal a few years ago, I think it was on Black Friday, and maybe $1,000 one time and never have to worry about it again, that is an invaluable tool. And then the final one is going to be Basecamp I’m using Basecamp currently not 100% sure how I feel about it. Honestly, there’s some great things in there some not so great things. I’d be interested to know your feedback, if you’re using Basecamp. Go over. This is now episode number 11. In this new side, hustle to full time web designer podcast. So go over to Keegan Lanier.com/E11. And in the comments below this drop, what your thoughts are, if you’re using Basecamp, how you’re using it, what things are working really well what things are not working well. And here’s the kicker if you’re not using Basecamp, I would love to know what you’re using. So jump over again, we’ll link the link to the post on our website, in the show notes as well. But go there and tell me what you love about Basecamp, what you hate about Basecamp. And if you’re not using Basecamp Tell me what you are using so I can check it out. I’ve tried a few Asana and click up, click up is a little slow for me on the web design on the web interface. A lot of people do love it. But that’s a topic for another day.
You know, really, to shut this whole thing down and let you all get on with your day. I didn’t want to I did want to drop this and it’s it’s a combination of what we’ve talked about today. And it’s that situations will change. Goals will change. And most importantly, your priorities they’re going to change. It’s not a matter of trying to keep things the way they are today. It’s reacting to things when they do change and doing it in a way that you know is going to be a positive for your business and for your life. And that’s that can not always be an easy thing to do, depending on the change that’s taking place. For me personally and the one we’re talking about today, it’s been an incredible change. I get to be closer to home, not be on the road as much driving, which saves me a lot of time, it’s going to be a really cool thing.
But, you know, I wanted to reassure you all here like this is just a this is just something that’s happened, right? This is just a slight change. But at the end of the day, I’m as invested as ever in this side hustle and taking it hopefully one day to be that full time web designer. That’s what I want. And that could be you know, next month, it could be 10 years down the road. I don’t know what that journey looks like, and who knows what’s ahead of us. But what I do know is that there is no stop. So I’m invested as I’ve ever been. And at the moment, I just have to tighten up the processes solidify my contractor network and focus on growth in the areas of my personal and professional life and how I can mold those two together. So I’m sure there’s somebody listening to this. I’m sure that you’re listening right now. And somebody is saying Holy crap, this is me. This is literally me. If that’s you, again, click on the link, go to KeeganLanier.com forward slash e 11. And drop your comments below. Let’s connect.
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So I hope that you have an awesome day. I hope you go out there and kick ass and whatever it is that you’re doing. And if you need help with your side hustle or just someone to throw some ideas back and forth with we’re always here. I’m always interested in connecting and you could find me at Instagram at Keegan Lanier or go to the website and again play in the comments of this episode. So have an awesome one. We’ll catch you next week with another episode.