Starting my own side-hustle journey instead of reading about everyone else’s

Hello world. My name is Korii and I am the world’s greatest procrastinator.

While others are out there all gung-ho and relentlessly facing fear in the eye getting stuff done, I am busy cowering away in my room filling notebooks, Word documents and text files full of ideas, all the while filling my brain with nonsensical mantras such as “I am not ready”, “I am not good enough”, “I don’t have enough money”, “I don’t have enough time”, “This is a silly idea”.

Even as I type this out, I’m not sure if writing on Medium is even a good idea. I mean, who’s going to read yet another story about side-hustling?

For quite a long time, I’ve toyed with the idea of trying out freelancing. I’ve been a computer nerd ever since I first laid eyes on my aunty and uncle’s Windows 95 PC. By the age of 12 I had mastered enough HTML and CSS to build a website with a Powerpuff Girls theme. By 2012, after many sleepless nights, I had earned myself a computer science degree with 1st class honours. So I certainly have the skills and qualifications to freelance.

And yet there was that niggly voice in my head telling me that I was not skilled enough to be a freelancer. Even after 4 1/2 years of acquiring real work experience across UX, .NET development, SharePoint development, business analysis, project management, web design, business improvement, reporting and dashboard design, that niggly voice is still screaming at me. But this time, I’m telling her to “shut it” in the best way possible.

By simply getting started.

So over the last few weeks, I’ve set up my website, and after a bit of research checking out local business websites, I’ve decided I can save the world from eye-sore, outdated designs and offer web (re)design and content writing services for small businesses and solo entrepreneurs. I’ve installed WordPress and fumbled my way through finding a theme and customising it (it’s been a while since I’ve done any php coding but I coped). I’ve had a few late nights, even staying up till 2am on a Saturday morning getting the barebones of my website set up. And now I have a functioning website. Not perfect. But functioning. So far only my boyfriend and best friend have seen it, but it’s a start.

I’ve even registered for an ABN (Australian Business Number) so I definitely mean serious business if I’m prepared to do tax returns.

But even an ABN may not be enough to keep me going. So in order to stay accountable and keep the momentum going, I’ve decided to share my journey of side-hustling here on Medium for the whole world to follow along and maybe in the process I’ll inspire other procrastinators like myself to just get started on something now.

Obviously, I’ve got my work cut out for me, having joined the world of side-hustling and freelancing so late in the game and having very little idea of how it all works. As the old cliche goes, it’s not just a matter of “build it and they will come”. There’s so much to do: put together a sell pack, cold call clients, set up an email list, get business cards printed, start a Facebook page, attend meet-ups, seminars and conferences, figure out how to price things, actually win clients and the list goes on. But I will keep calm, take deep breaths and take things one step at a time.

My next step? Well besides refining my website with final touch-ups to the content and design, my next big priority is building a portfolio because you kind of need to prove to people that you can actually do stuff. I now wish I had spent more of my early 20s staying home cutting code rather than going out drinking wine because although I have the skills, I don’t really have much to show for it. As a result, I have given myself a hard deadline of Sunday 17th September 2017 to deliver at least 2–3 projects to add to my portfolio, which makes me a bit queasy because I’m going away on holiday for 3.5 of those days but I’m sure I will make it through.

It’s a rollercoaster ride of excitement, nerves and fear but it’s my rollercoaster and I’m looking forward to the ride!