starting a business, the only real consistency I’ve found is that of inconsistency. Sometimes things move along really well and then suddenly, getting stuff done is like pulling teeth. I started a side hustle a few months ago (you can read some posts about that journey so far HERE) and am in that two steps forward, one step back phase right now.
to date has been great overall. I have my company incorporated, the corporate binder is set up, my accounting software is up and running (and up to date), my website is running, and I’ve even started to do a little advertising. Not bad considering it’s only been three months. I’ve had some setbacks along the way as well. For example, I bought the wrong membership plugin and essentially wasted $200. That, and I had to rip the guts out of the website and rebuild after buying the correct plugin. But hey, that stuff happens. The latest setback is one that has really gotten under my skin though.
the scoop. For my side hustle, I’m looking for someone that likes sales. I need someone that knows how to talk to people, can use social media, and has a knack for writing. I’m not looking for a full time employee but rather someone that is willing to work on a commission/affiliate basis. Maybe a few hours a week tops on a laptop when it’s convenient for them. Going through my network, I found just the right person for the job. She was an old friend/colleague that I hadn’t seen for years and years. She fit the bill perfectly though: smart, likeable, good on social media, and seemingly still hungry to build more success in her life (from what I gathered reading some of her posts). So, I reached out to her and set up a lunch meeting. It would be nice to catch up and I’d pitch the opportunity all at once.
was nice. We talked about work, kids, and travel for a bit and then I dove into the opportunity. I could tell right away that I had her attention. The idea was unique, she could see how easily she could gain traction, and she could see how she could make some money. More than that, she believed in the idea. It was something she could get behind and be an advocate for. As I sat there, trying to contain my excitement, I couldn’t help think this was the one big step I needed to get things moving at a better pace. Little did I know I was in for another setback.
three weeks ago. We agreed that she’d sign up for the site that afternoon and that I’d get her some business cards within a week. From there, she was going to start working her magic to get people signing up. Well, three weeks have gone by and I’ve sent two emails asking how things are going. Her response…not a peep. Talk about a setback. I went from thrilled to super annoyed pretty quickly. If she wasn’t interested, a simple no thanks would have been just fine. Instead, I’m left wondering why she’s disappeared. I suppose that’s how things go though. Business, like life, is typically two steps forward and one step back. And, while this is a setback, I can assure you that I’ll push forward. This side hustle wouldn’t be any fun if it were easy. I’ll keep you posted on how things progress.