More and more people are adding a "side hustle" to their already packed schedules. So in hopes of finding out how they do it, I interviewed #GirlBoss Tami JBeily, the senior director of Thirty-One Gifts. Here's what she had to say about creating the perfect side hustle.
Mogul: How can wannabe hustlers build their own independent business?
Tami: "The 'right-place-right-time' explosive growth side hustles are few and far between. Launching a side hustle means you are building a business. It takes time, sacrifice and hard work to build and only you can decide if it's all worth it. If it is, ask questions, listen, and learn, take chances, learn on the fly, find the lesson in failure, and share your passion with everyone who crosses your path."
Mogul: What tips do you have for success and building a client base?
Tami: "This is a relationship business. You can crank out sales month after month, but if you don't develop and foster relationships with your hostesses and your customers, then you are always drumming up new business to replace the purchases made by the one-and-done customers who may love your product but can get it on every corner. No relationship and she [your customer] has no loyalty to you. When you connect with her, get to know her style and offer impeccable service she will not only be loyal to you, she will sing your praises to all of her friends, generating countless referrals that will build your business and expand your circle."
Mogul: How can a "side hustle" help women, specifically?
Tami: "I think so often women lose themselves doing what we all do — caring for the needs of everyone around us. This is what happened to me. I was a wife and mother with a full-time career, running a youth cheer organization and overseeing the operations of a small family business. I was busy, but so was everyone else. It was through Thirty-One that I found me again, but I had no idea I had even gone missing. I am passionate about my business, my team and empowering other women to get out of their box, to discover new things, to take chances and ultimately find HER again."
Mogul: How can our readers find the "side hustle" that's right for them?
Tami: "You have to find your passion. I see people try one side hustle after another, hoping for a get-rich-quick, and ultimately never fully committing to one for any significant period of time. As women, we share everything, often oversharing things we're excited about with our friends, coworkers, families, and people we meet in our daily travels. Whether it's a great sale or a new favorite restaurant, we feel compelled to share the news. To find a successful side hustle, it's kind of the same. You need to discover what product or service makes you excited, makes you want more, makes you want to shout it from the rooftops....and talk about it to everyone who will listen."
Mogul: Where is a good place to start?
Tami: "Find what you're passionate about and jump in. Don't spend weeks, months, or even years researching or waiting for the perfect time. The timing will never be perfect. Take a leap of faith and go all in, learning as you go."
Mogul: Is it possible to turn a "side hustle" into a full-time thing?
Tami: "Absolutely! I see it happen all the time. In our industry, women are leaving professional careers and replacing that income with income from their side hustle, giving them more flexibility and placing the opportunity for growth in their own hands, rather than being at the mercy of a boss or defined pay scale."
I'm a proud graduate of the Dub (The University of North Carolina Wilmington, UNCW) and the #WriterLife is all I know. I've written for Her Campus, CBS Local and Elite Daily (in addition to many other publications). I'm also a recent graduate of the Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism MA [...]