I'm convinced that all serious side hustlers (myself included) love punishment. It's either that, or me and my over-achieving, avocado-toast-eating millennial friends really enjoy getting in from a long + exhausting day at work, plopping down on the couch... and pulling out our computers to continue building a business in our spare time. (Netflix, Hulu, FREE TIME? What's that?)
Over the past year, I've been working as a Marketing Intelligence Analyst at the most amazing company ever (seriously, I LOVE my job) and when I get home, I find it difficult to switch from corporate mode (where I have to think about what I say BEFORE I SAY IT) to the #ThriveSquad goal-setting guru you know and love (where my goal is to show up as my most authentic self). I usually need a glass of wine somewhere in between to help my brain switch gears.
One thing that's helped me immensely is creating a mission + vision board for ONLY Thrive Lounge to keep in my side-hustle work space. When I sit down to work on Thrive Lounge, I can immediately see what my short terms goals are and (because of the unique way I've created my side hustle vision board) I have my mission and vision readily available while I'm creating content for my #ThriveSquad. This guarantees that, no matter what I've been subject to (or influenced by) during my day, I will have a constant reminder of my purpose to guide me while creating content and events.
Creating a vision board for your side gig will only increase your productivity and help you stay on track no matter what life throws your way. Here's what you need to include:
In short, your mission is what your company does for it's users. I love having this by my side at all times because I love listening to entrepreneurship podcasts and often get side-tracked when I hear a new tactic that worked for someone else to grow their business. Keeping my mission close by ensures I don't lose site of what I do - and why you lovely ladies are here. :)
Your vision is one sentence that describes the future of your company. What do you want your company to be 10 years from now? Knowing what your vision is will also ensure that you always know what you're working towards and what your big, hairy, audacious goal is for your side gig.
(Side note: If you're still nailing down your mission and vision, checkout the first two exercises in our annual blog post planner. #ThankMeLater)
Your target audience is, in short, who you are serving with your products, services and content.For example, our target audience is the savvy & smart millennial women looking for a community to help her crush her goals. Being able to see a clear description of my target audience allows me to visually see who I'm talking to at all times. I recommend grabbing a magazine and cutting out pictures that remind you of your target audience. That way, while you're in the middle of content or product creation, you can always keep your audience top of mind and ensure you're serving them at every opportunity.
Biggest 3 Goals You Are Working Towards Right Now
Every side hustler knows that there is a difference between being productive and being busy. Keeping your goals in plain sight on your side hustle vision board will make sure you are making good use of the few hours between your full-time job and your bedtime. Trust me, your side hustle will thank you!
After you've created your side-hustle vision board, place it in the area where you're most likely to work. This will give you a constant reminder of who you serve, why you do it and what you're working towards. Happy Hustling!
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