You know when you’re humming through life, you make a few decisions, and a couple years later something small led to something much bigger? It’s a tale as old as time and one I know very well. Since beginning my “side hustle” about a year and a half ago, I’ve worked with incredible clients and people I consider friends and inspirations.
My freelance work began when my cousin’s Facebook friend, Lynn of Fresh April Flours, posted that she was looking for a virtual assistant for marketing and social media help. At the time, I was wrapping up my time working at Longwood Gardens, heading to graduate school, and actively looking for income to pay for my masters. I sent my application materials to this random human and the rest is history! Lynn and I have worked together now building her business while helping her spend more time with her adorable kiddos and entrepreneurial husband, Matt, who owns an awesome gym nearby in West Chester, PA! Our partnership is where it all began. I fell in love with what it meant to help creative, busy, confident, and self-starting people with what they love to do.
Since then, I’ve found myself working with a social media agency writing social media content for a Main Line painting and decorating company, John Neill Painting. I did some Pinterest work for an amazing food blogger, Krazy Kitchen Mom, down in Flordia. I helped launch a twentieth-anniversary campaign at Sovana Bistro, a restaurant near and dear to my heart, through influencer marketing, traditional marketing, and social media content creation writing. My dear friend and colleague and I have worked together to launch her blog, Corporate2Culinary, and I recently began working with the amazing and inspirational Shanna A. Hocking.
The best part about this all? It’s helped me afford my education, build relationships with incredible people, learn, and do it all from the comfort of my couch with coffee in hand.
There are days when working full-time, heading to class, and turning around to a list of to-dos causes me to chug coffee and take a deep breath, but I truly love it. I now have an LLC, a company card, a website, and more conversations brewing for potential projects. If you had asked me a year ago where I thought my “side hustle” was headed, I would have never thought it would lead me here — and I’m so grateful for it.
My advice to all looking for a “side hustle” or hobby. . . seek opportunity, do the job well, and never forget you’re working with people’s “babies” (for lack of a better word). You never know where one project will lead you! Go get busy!