Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.”
2018 is the year you get ahead and get started building your side hustle so that you can create the life you desire!
Meet your new business partner, The Side Hustle Journal.
Since you are here reading this, I will make two assumptions about you.
1) Your days are hectic because of work, college, being a parent, etc.
2) You have the desire to turn an idea into a business, add more structure to an existing side hustle, or hack your busy schedule so you can make time to build a better life.
So, although we just met, it seems like we have a lot in common already.
For the rest of this project description, I’ll be speaking directly to you, the hard-working individual looking to make a life change by taking your side hustle ambitions to the next level.
The Side Hustle Journal is a tool to add structure to the process of building a business and expedite turning your idea into something real, despite the challenges of everyday life. The journal uses a system, which we will talk about below, that will ensure you excel at your day job while finding time to build a side hustle, even if you think you do not have the time or skills.
Whether it be to start a business that creates additional income each month or if you want to start a nonprofit to create change in the world, this journal is for you.
I became inspired to start my first side hustle after taking a solo trip to Africa and meeting so many other people traveling long-term. I realized I had to find a way to make additional money to fund my new found desire to travel. While I was going through the process of building my first side hustle earlier this year, I was looking for a productivity journal that would help me manage my time and stay on track with everything that comes with starting a business from scratch.
After searching and buying 6 or 7 different productivity journals online, I realized that none of them fit my workflow; which is someone working a demanding day job and balancing a personal life, all while trying to launch a business. After stepping back and reflecting, I realized the problem was that they were all developed by people who were already entrepreneurs and they could not relate to the challenges of someone doing this as a side hustle.
Because I could not find anything on the market, I decided to create something to help myself manage juggling all of the different pieces: career, life, and the side hustle. The system I developed got me from concept to cash flow in 4 months. This system became the backbone of The Side Hustle Journal.
Do you remember that brilliant idea you had, the one that was your million dollar idea?
Through the process of developing this journal, it became very apparent why these ideas, and likely your idea, are never brought to life. You never start because you are looking at the mountain - the process of starting a side hustle - and think that you don’t have the time, knowledge or money to make it happen. Beleive it or not, if you have the idea then you have completed step 1 in starting your side hustle.
Now, all you need is the structure to break down the subsequent steps into bite-sized chunks that can be managed on any schedule. That is where The Side Hustle Journal comes in.
If you don't yet have your idea, no worries, we will cover that in the journal as well. There is a section to walk you through a 7-step process to formulate your own idea. After you validate the idea then you'll implement the systems built into the journal.
You bring the desire, or the idea, and the journal will guide you from there.
I mentioned that The Side Hustle Journal is a tool, and I firmly believe that. Some of the key areas you can expect the journal to help are:
...and The Side Hustle Journal is able to accomplish all of this through a system we developed called The Molehill System™, which we will cover now.
No idea? No problem. We know that not everyone will go into this with an idea. Do you have the desire to start your side hustle but don’t have any clue of what you would want to do? The first thing in The Side Hustle Journal will go through our idea development process. If you already have an idea or the project is already started, you can skip this section.
Next, you will begin The Molehill System™.
Once you lay the foundation with The Molehill System™, you will move into the tactical aspect, which is your daily workflow.
Each day has two pages dedicated to guiding you from the time you put your feet on the floor in the morning until the time your head hits the pillow at night. This is the structure that will ensure you are successful at making the most of your time.
The Side Hustle Journal was created to be used throughout the day and it will help just as much with your day job as with your side hustle. For that reason, we included sections for notes and scribbles each day. The scribbles section contains two different dot grid patterns for sketching or doodling. The notes section contains college-ruled lines for taking notes in meetings or jotting down items while on the phone with a customer.
Every 7 days you will have a short review of the previous week to determine what worked well and what didn’t. You will then create 3 goals for the week ahead that align with your Milestones.
The review each week will keep you focused on what is important and avoid going down any rabbit holes - only moving forward over the molehills.
Subtle design elements allow it to fit as well in the boardroom with your boss as it does while at the local coffee shop. We left the heavy branding out and gave you an elegant journal that you can carry anywhere.
Starting a side hustle can be a lonely journey. Having someone you can bounce ideas off of or get help from on your challenges is very important. For this reason, we are pairing everyone who purchases The Side Hustle Journal with another person who also purchased the journal. This will be your accountability partner. Help each other along your respective journey or partner up to create a power team! Everyone who backs the $4 tier and up will be able to participate.
In addition, everyone who purchases or downloads the PDF version of The Side Hustle Journal will also be given access to the Private Facebook Group. This is the gathering spot for people just like you. Share your journey, ideas, and challenges to learn from people going through, or have been through, the same process you are currently in.
Much of the work has already been done. I have been through multiple test groups of people just like you to refine the layout and concepts within the journal. I have been working with manufacturers to get samples and I have picked the best quality. The supply chain items are in order to expedite the delivery process from the manufacturer. The only thing left to do is meet the manufacturer's MOQ (minimum order quantity), which is why we are here on Kickstarter.
As soon as the project reaches the first goal I will be placing the order. We want you to have the journal to start the year right. 2018 is the year to turn YOUR idea into reality!
Thank you to everyone who supports this project in some way. Whether that be just sharing the project or buying 10 copies. It has been an amazing process of launching my first physical product and creating something that I know can change so many lives. I CANNOT wait to hear your success story that comes from utilizing The Side Hustle Journal.
I'm just like you, a normal person with a relatively normal life. I have no significant special skills that set me apart from the majority. I struggle with the same things you do. I hate the alarm in the morning. I sometimes get sucked into social media and waste valuable time. My typing grammar sucks, sorry for the typos that are surely in here.
I tell you this only to show that you don't need special skills or tons of money to make your dreams a reality. I used the prototype of the journal shown in this project to actually help me get this thing launched! From idea to launch of this project, I have invested less than eight hundred dollars. Normal people can make awesome things!
Now for some of the boring things about me. I went to college for supply chain and have worked in the field ever since. I've got an awesome girlfriend who doesn't mind me sitting at the coffee shop working on this 24/7. I'm a huge health and fitness junkie - the business I started earlier this year was in that space. I want to travel the world, especially Southeast Asia. I live in Atlanta, GA in the USA, in case you didn't catch that from the video. Follow along on social media to watch me go through this process day by day.
Risks and challenges
Creating physical product is no easy task. Because of this, I did as much as possible prior to the campaign launch to ensure there are no issues once it is funded. The manufacturer has already been selected and is awaiting my purchase order once the campaign is successfully funded. The warehouse is on standby and awaiting the first shipment of journals and is committed to shipping them out right when they get in. I have been documenting the process each day so you can check my social media updates to see what the process was like preparing for this launch.
Although I am a one-man team, I am a global supply chain professional and will leverage my experience to ensure the manufacturing, logistics, and fulfillment are executed without delay. If you get in on one of the "early bird" pricing tiers then you will receive your journal by end of December - latest early January. Other pricing tiers should expect to have their journal in January (international customers could take longer depending on customs process in your country). If for some reason we encounter obstacles that delay our shipping dates, we will be sure to keep you updated every step of the way.
Our goal is to get all journals out as soon as possible so you can start applying The Molehill System to your goals and accomplish them faster than you ever imagined.
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