Looking Back On a Year of Being a Single 20-Something Businesswoman
By: Amanda Abella
Let me start off by saying that I always felt like one of the black sheep of my ultra conservative Catholic university. While a lot of the girls were getting married at 22 and having kids right away (kudos to you if that’s your calling because we all know its not easy), I always felt like my 20’s were for doing what I wanted to do with this one life that I’ve got.
I always wanted my 20’s to be about establishing my career, putting some footprints on this earth and traveling. I wanted to become a writer, run a business and do whatever I felt would give me fulfillment in life. Relationships and marriage are of course in the game plan, but not until I feel like I’ve done what I was put on this earth to do – which is essentially to kick some major a%#.
A little over a year out of college and I think I’m living up to my own expectations. I traveled around Europe with a backpack, started putting my health first, landed a full time a job, launched an e-book through my blog and have begun establishing myself as a writer people actually want to hire. I’ve met awesome people from all over the world through many platforms, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Most importantly, I’ve managed to make paying work out of my passions – something every woman should take into consideration during this unstable economy. If you’ve got a marketable skill – such as writing or social media – there certainly isn’t a lack of clients out there waiting for you.
While it certainly hasn’t been easy to juggle a full time job, clients on the side and a blog I treat like a business, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
Work Doesn’t Feel Like Work
The best part about making work out of your passions is that it doesn’t feel like work. Instead, you’re excited to let your creative juices flow and actually get to have some fun with it. For instance, I actually enjoy writing about finances and career related topics for clients. I also had a blast researching and writing The Grad Meets World Ultimate Guide: Your First Year Out of College. And my favorite project of all is Grad Meets World, a blog where I strive to help 20-Somethings as they enter adulthood during this crazy day and age. All of these endeavors are not only bringing in some extra income, they also open the doors for new opportunities where I let my passions run wild.
Your Way or the Highway
Creating your own side hustle creates the perfect opportunity to take the wheel and drive. You are essentially your own boss, and while that’s much easier said than done, it’s incredibly rewarding to work for yourself instead of someone else. You decide the kinds of projects you want to take on, you create work you can be proud of and you have the power drop a client if they aren’t worth your while. You also can’t give yourself a pink slip – which is nice considering the instability of the economy.
You Can Build a Financial Cushion
I currently use my side projects as a means of extra income while I work full time. In this day an age it’s not only a great idea but a downright necessity to have an extra money coming in. Besides, you never know if it’ll turn into a full time gig some day.
Creating a source of income gives you the kind of freedom you can’t get at a nine to five. There’s definitely a lot of hard work that comes with it – but once you get a taste of the rewards I promise you want to stop.