Your next career move or learning opportunity doesn't have to be perfectly aligned with your current field or industry. As the gig economy grows, the options and advantages out there are numerous. However, while starting your own side business or picking up temp jobs on the side can be a great opportunity, jumping on the train without proper planning can cause several setbacks and missteps. To turn an idea into reality and success, take a step back and consider these three things and tips.
It is important to establish a routine that works for you. Time management is an important factor in making your gig run smoothly, along with multi-tasking skills. You may find yourself having to take on multiple roles to cover different aspects of your side business. Depending on your gig, it may mean scheduling your own work and reaching out to employers, clients, and customers in between finding the time to do the job. Knowing how to balance all of these parts of the gig and your time is the key to not overwhelming yourself and building up stress.
Habits to take up:
- Know when to say "no"
Don't take on too much. Focus on projects that you truly care about to increase the quality of your work, commitment, and a stronger mindset.
- Make key tasks a routine
Incorporate important responsibilities into your daily or weekly to-do list so that it becomes natural and will ensure that you get it done and can move on quickly.
- Prioritize your health
Minor setbacks are less detrimental to the overall goal than jeopardizing your physical, and mental well-being in the long run.
The appeal of a flexible gig means more control and freedom over your work, when, and how. However, that also means productivity and motivation depends on you. Consider your passion and interest in the gig, and if you're willing to put in the effort and the level of engagement needed to make it a success. As you run into challenges and problems, you're accountable for finding ways to overcome these issues in your work. Learn how to pick yourself up as well as ways to cope that will get you moving forward in your pick.
Questions to ask yourself:
- What inspires you and why?
Understand what makes you tick and drives you to take action.
- How would you describe your style of leadership?
Your decision making process and organization skills will make a difference in how you run your gig.
- How do you handle stress and disappointments?
Reflect on the qualities or steps to take that will help you to resolve various issues and setbacks.
Reflect on what you want out of this gig. Are you looking to build experience? Is this gig a means to supplement your income? Are you pursuing a passion? Depending on the gig you pick up, there may not be a traditional ladder to climb up and any guaranteed career or professional growth. It is up to you define your goals and achievements, keep track of where you stand, and mark the steps. You'll want to be able to know if you are efficient and successful in your gig, and how to distinguish it. Building your experience can be slow and may not be for you. Your job satisfaction is related to the criteria and expectations you set for yourself.
Activities to do:
- Celebrate milestones and accomplishments
Take the time to pat yourself on the back and recognize what you achieved.
- Build relationships
Surround yourself with a strong network of friends, professionals, and mentors that can assist your through challenges, or will lend an ear and share advice.
- Change your setting
Depending on the gig, you may be able to choose where you work as well as create an environment with positive and stimulating influences.
Working outside the box can be exciting, but is taking up a side gig for you? It can be fulfilling and round out your experience if you take the time to plan how you can make the most out of your opportunities.