In 2017, I hustled harder than I ever had before. I took on a lot. I started The Mastermind Within at the end of December 2016 and posted nearly 175 posts for the year. A great opportunity came up in February for me to start consulting using my statistical knowledge with dog and cat doctors. I started a business in May and have continued to learn and try to grow this into a sustainable income stream. Throughout the first 10 months of the year, I was a landlord for my 2 roommates. And last, but certainly not least, I had my day job.
All of these jobs and hustles were great learning experiences. In addition to the things I did in 2017, there were many smaller jobs and tasks I needed to learn how to do and accomplish. In this post, I want to answer the question how many jobs I have, and why having all of these jobs fit in with my philosophy on life.
How Many Jobs Do I Have?
At the beginning of 2017, I wanted to experience as much as possible on a personal front. My ultimate goal is to give back and help others achieve their goals. To do so, I would need to experience things myself, so I could be in a better place to offer advice and guidance.
Coming into this post, I honestly don’t know how many job responsibilities I performed over the past year. Let’s count them up:
- Statistical Consultant
- Small Business Owner
- Certified Food Manager
- Social Media Marketer
- Customer Service Representative
- Web Designer
- Warehouse Worker
Job #1: Statistician/Programmer (Day Job)
Each week, I head to the office for 40 hours a week of my day job. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a great job at a great company. I love building things and always have. I used to play with Legos all day when I was a kid. Now, it’s building programs and statistical models at work on a daily basis.
I really enjoy my job, and have no plans of leaving in the near future. My boss is great, and I’m learning a lot about the financial industry, but also exploring many new technologies in the programming world. Automation and programming is incredibly powerful – I’m excited to continue to learn about this in the future.
Job #2: Blogger
The Mastermind Within was created at the very end of 2016 on a cold winter day. I love blogging – I love writing, connecting with other bloggers, sharing my thoughts, and helping others.
I spend 10-20 hours each week writing, marketing, tweaking things on my site, and answering emails from readers. My main motivation is to share with you what I’m learning in my life, so you can go out and become more successful. If you ever have any questions for me, feel free to reach out via my contact form.
Job #3: Statistical Consultant
Last February, I was approached by a friend to help him and his bio-statistical consulting business out. For the most part, it is relatively straightforward statistics: comparing the distributions of different populations and drawing conclusions through standard parametric and non-parametric tests. I enjoy it because it pays well, I can grow my statistical skills, but also, I’m now a published author in the field of bio-statistics. Pretty cool, right?
Job #4: Landlord
For the first 10 months of 2017, I had 2 roommates who were paying me rent. I needed to ensure that the sidewalks were shoveled, the utilities paid on time, and any things needing to be fixed were fixed in an appropriate time frame.
Before 2015, I’d never owned a house or been a landlord. It was a great learning experience for the past 2.5 years, as I got an experience as a landlord through my house hacking. I’m looking forward to buying a rental property in the coming years to become a landlord once again.
Job #5: Small Business Owner
In May, I started a business with a business partner which would focus on making money two different ways. The first, a kombucha tea subscription kit where our company sends out flavoring and starter kits to our customers each month. The second income stream is dropshipping t-shirts through Shopify and print on demand. I’ve learned a ton about business through creating this.
There is so much that goes into starting a business. It’s not enough just to have an idea. Then there’s the paperwork, opening various accounts, coming up with more ideas, implementing a plan, executing, staying consistent. I’m going to write a post on my recommended path for starting a business in the future, but just know, there’s so much to do and a lot to consider.
Job #6: Certified Food Safety Manager
To package dried fruits, sugar, and tea, I needed to get in to a commercial kitchen. To get in to a commercial kitchen, I needed to become a Certified Food Safety Manager. For $85 and 20 hours of my time, I was able to get certified and now can create safety plans for food handling.
After never working in a kitchen before, this was quite an interesting learning experience. The test wasn’t too difficult, and it was cheap – if you are interested in the food industry, this is probably a solid resume booster. Here’s my full post on it from last summer: Becoming a Food Safety Manager.
Job #7: Social Media Marketer
Over the past 12 months, I’ve learned a ton about marketing. As a math major, I have no background in marketing. Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Quora, oh my! I don’t really like doing social media, but it’s an essential task in today’s business environment.
I’m really excited to keep getting in to Pinterest and Quora in 2018 – both of these platforms are fantastic and have a huge reach.
Job #8: Accountant
In college, I was a bookkeeper and spent 3 years doing cash flow analysis, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, and your standard bookkeeping. All of this has paid off since I’m the chief accountant for my self, but also my business. It’s not too complicated, but there’s definitely a lot to learn.
I’m still learning more about taxes and financial statements. These skills will pay off no matter what I do in the future.
Job #9: Customer Service Representative
Over the holiday season, I got a lot of emails and messages from customers. Where’s my shirt?!!? Why does my package only have this and not that? Your site is misleading, I want my money back!
While frustrating, it’s a necessary part of business and very valuable feedback for what to change and edit on the sites.
Job #10: Web Designer
Before 2017, I didn’t know too much about web design. I had a website back in 2015, but it looked unprofessional. No images, poor color scheme, etc.
Now, I’ve learned a lot about web design, to the point where my boss is trusting me to build out web applications for the team and department! Over the past 12 months, I’ve taken most of the Code Academy courses (which I’d highly recommend), learned about user experience, as well as the consequences of picking an appropriate color scheme for your business.
This site has been tweaked and re-tweaked many times, and I still have ideas to improve the user experience. I re-did the business website 3-5 times in October/November in an effort to prepare for Christmas, and that pushed me to a higher level.
There’s so much to learn for design – I’m at the very tip of the iceberg – and I love it!
Job #11: Warehouse Worker
At the end of each month, it’s time to pack up the subscription kits and send them off to our customers. Spending a 10 hours at the end of the month is a tough task, and managing what does in which kit is always fun. Eventually, this could be outsourced, but for now, it’s all on me!
The Power of Focus
I think I put too much on my plate in 2017, but it was a great learning experience. My recommendation for you is to look to expand your knowledge, but do it in a way which complements your passion and your daily job.
For example, my side hustle of statistical consulting complements my day job in a very direct way. Flipping the switch from day job to side hustle doesn’t require too much on my part. My business does not, so I struggled for at least 2-3 months getting in to that mindset where my brain was comfortable thinking in that way.
Learning, Applying, and Providing Value to Increase Your Income
I love blogging and writing because I love how I’m able to inspire others to do more with their lives through my actions. I could be the most successful person in the world, but unless I share my experiences with you, none of my successes with matter.
For you, focusing on learning something new, applying it, and providing value to others will help you increase your value to others, which in the future, will allow you to increase your income.
I want to learn all of these different things so I can have a more complete world view, and have experience in many different areas. For me, my main strengths are programming, mathematics and statistics, and basic finance and accounting. Some of the areas I’m improving in are writing, business, marketing, and project management. I definitely have some weaknesses, but if I keep learning, applying, and providing value to others, I know I’ll be able to fill in those gaps.
Take some time out of your day and spend it on yourself. Remember my favorite quote, and take action:
“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” – The Miracle Morning
I learned a lot in 2017 and did a lot. I never thought I’d have done over 10 different jobs throughout the year, but I guess that is what happens when you put yourself out there.
Many of these jobs probably could have been outsourced, but I want to learn and be able to share my experience with others.
Success and personal development is on my mind each and every day. By learning and applying different concepts each and every month, I’ve been able to grow a great deal and now I’m set up for even more success.
Readers: how many jobs do you have? Are you learning something new each month and applying it? What’s stopping you from your next side hustle?
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