How to slash your career
It’s the work trend that lets you wear multiple hats and carve your dream job
One job just won’t cut it any more. Here’s how to turn your side hustle into a day job, from women who did
YYour mate makes jewellery for her Etsy store. Your boss also teaches pilates. File them under ‘career slashers’. With 9.6 per cent of the population underemployed
(in either part-time or contract work but looking for more) in December 2017, according to Roy Morgan, the concept of taking on multiple jobs has become a vocation sensation. Many people are starting a side hustle (or two) to increase job security, upskill, bring in extra coin and indulge a passion. Keen? Join the slasher ranks – and make it work for you.
THE BIG IDEA
The perfect coffee cup, a networking app, a towel to get you through F45 ... can’t find what you’re after? Create it, says Lottie Dalziel, WH Digital Content Manager and founder of eco-friendly online marketplace Banish. Start by looking for a problem in your daily life, then solve it. “With Banish, I saw this massive gap in the market when I tried to reduce my own waste and found it really confusing,” Dalziel says. “I thought, ‘I’ll use my skills in social media to tell the stories of [eco-friendly] companies, and create a marketplace for all their products.” Bonus: if you’re scouring
your own life for inspo, chances are your ideas will be in areas you already love. “If you’re going to do something that’s your passion, it won’t feel like work,” says Dalziel.
LEARN AND LEVERAGE
With the web affording us more networking and swotting-up opportunities than ever, it’s a prime time to branch out. When Claire Tonti and her husband founded Planet Broadcasting, an independent podcast network, she was on leave from her teaching job and had never worked in the audio space before. “I remember googling ‘podcast advertising’ and found some PDF from 2001,” she says. “[My skills] are all self-taught.” Then there’s Chloe Saintilan, an ad-creative-slash-digital-productstrategist, who began working on her upcoming app (it’ll “bring the coupon into the 21st century”) 18 months ago. With no coding experience, she went online to find an engineer. “I put [the job] on a platform called Angellist, which connects people with side hustles to people in tech. This guy in the States got in touch and loved the concept,” she says. “What surprised me was the amount of people who will lend their skills if they like your idea.”
DROP THE BALL
Even Oprah and Sheryl Sandberg admit to making massive mistakes. The key – as with most things in life – is a positive mindset. “The more rejections you get, the more you realise they don’t mean anything in the long run,” says Emma Gannon, a podcasterslash-blogger-slash-author of The
Multi-hyphen Method, about how to “work less and create more”. (Her career-slashing nous has even seen her meet the Queen.) “Keep a good group of people around you for pep talks, and a folder of nice messages and brilliant feedback in your inbox to remind you that you can do it.” Tonti adds, “I was very afraid of failing, but no one has made anything without making a huge amount of mistakes. Failing is what teaches, motivates and grows us.”
SHARE THE LOAD
If your boss is bringing pilates plans into board meetings? Slide this into her desk tray (anonymously, obvs): when Saintilan was developing her app, she struggled with burnout, working all hours on her idea at home while juggling her full-time job. “I started off keeping the idea to myself and got obsessed,” she says. “But it takes a load off when you get other people involved.” Gannon loves co-working spaces, where you can rent a desk in an office full of other entrepreneurs to draw lines between work and home. “Try to give yourself ‘lieu’ days, too,” she says. “If I’m working all weekend on a crazy project, I make sure I have time off in the week to relax, read and catch up with people. You get to design your week yourself.” And who doesn’t love that idea?