How to slash your ca­reer

It’s the work trend that lets you wear mul­ti­ple hats and carve your dream job

Women's Health Australia - - CONTENT - By Clare Bax­ter

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 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.


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.”


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.”


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?

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