I was attempting to do everything myself, sacrificing my work and personal life, all while working a 50 hour a week day job and managing my hustles on the side.
It was hard, and it led to quite a few mistakes. I have seen others side hustle too hard as well and that then led to their own mistakes as well.
Below I have listed different mistakes which may happen from side hustling too hard.
Taking on too much work.
The first mistake, of course, is taking on too much work. This may be where you are saying “yes” to every single client and offer that comes your way. This is a common mistake that many new freelancers make. You want to say yes and get all the experience you can get. However, this can lead to many other mistakes if you take on too much work.
There was a clear point in my life where I knew I had to quit my day job. I knew that if I side hustled any more, that something was not going to work out. Since I knew I enjoyed my side hustles so much, I knew that meant that my day job was going to suffer.
So, to be responsible, I knew I had to quit my day job. It was hard, but looking back, I know I made the right decision for me.
If you take on too much work, then your quality of work may decrease. This is a very realistic consequence of taking on too much in your life. There is only so much time in a day, so if you continue to take on a lot of work then your quality will eventually decrease in one area or another.
Costing yourself money because you think you can do it all.
In the beginning, it may be easy to do everything related to your side hustles all by yourself. However, eventually, you may need to hire things out. If you’re side hustling too hard, you may have completely forgot about this.
It is not realistic to think you can do everything yourself. You might think you are saving yourself money, but you may actually be costing yourself money. You may be costing yourself money by sucking at customer service (and customers leaving because of that), doing taxes yourself even though you are not a professional, trying to sell your product even though you do not have the correct sales skills, and more.
Hiring out can be very helpful because you can then concentrate on the areas in which you do best.
Feeling burnt out.
One big negative of side hustling too hard is feeling burnt out. You might start to hate your side jobs because you are doing too much of them.
This means that something that used to be a dream of yours may actually become something you despise.
Forgetting about your life outside of making money.
Side hustles can easily take over your life. If you have a lot going on, then you may forget to enjoy life. Life will start slipping through your fingers and you might forget about life’s important moments.
You need to take time and remember that life is not all about work. Schedule in down time if you have to. Whatever you do, don’t forget to have some fun!
Do you side hustle too hard? What do you think are the negatives of this?
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