How to Hustle

Ten simple tips to turn your ideas into income

What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘side hustle’? Perhaps you think about selling lemonade to your friends as a child. Perhaps you think about the app idea you’ve always wanted to pursue. Perhaps you think about that super successful business you swear you came up with first. 

Well, according to recent reports, 40% of British workers now have a ‘side hustle’, and with that figure expected to rise to over half of the adult population by 2030, ‘hustling’ is now more popular than ever. The study also found that almost half of ‘side hustlers’ were motivated by their desire to follow a passion or explore a new challenge, confirming the notion that a side hustle is not just a money making scheme, but an opportunity to spend time working on something you enjoy, something you’re passionate about, and something you can be proud of.

Whether it’s selling clothes on eBay, gardening, dog walking, blogging, car washing, tutoring, teaching, cleaning, YouTube, ecommerce, catering, party planning, crafting or baking, turning your talents into money has never been so varied and accessible. But how can you actually turn a great idea into a lucrative side hustle? Well, just like that, we’ve written you a handy guide to get you started.

Here are limber’s top ten tips for making a side hustle work for you:

1. Choose something you enjoy

Anyone can have a side hustle, but it’s important to find a balance between skill set and passions. Turning your talents into money should be fun, so find what works for you. Your side hustle is the perfect time to embrace your hidden talents, and enjoy making money.

2. Start simple

You might be surprised to hear that the secret to a successful side hustle, isn’t the ability to solve problems for the millions. Instead, focus on a single person’s’ needs. If your side hustle is building gazebos, don’t start with a website and an overly complex social media strategy, just find one person who wants a gazebo and build it for them at the most competitive price. While building it, do a time lapse, take photos and ask your friends to share your handy work. You’ll learn more in this process about how to drum up business than you will by starting with a website.  

3. Be resourceful

Starting a side hustle can be daunting, but there’s a wealth of information out there to help you get going. From podcasts, to self help books, blogs – the internet is full of information and advice around how to turn your side hustle into a lucrative business, so get savvy (after reading this article), by doing some research. Some of our favourites include, the book ‘How to have a happy hustle’ by Bec Evans and the ‘Side hustle school’ podcast. 

4. Be patient

You probably won’t make your first million in a week, and that’s okay. Have patience and stick with it. A positive mind set will go far, so stay motivated and don’t feel discouraged if it takes a while to turn a profit. The desire to make a profit can sometimes dull creativity, so try not to focus on it, and don’t be concerned if you initially have to give away your skills for free, we promise the long game will be worth it.

5. Create a schedule

Running a small business alongside everything else takes time and energy, so it’s important to plan your side hustle around you. Starting a side hustle means you can be your own boss, so make the most of it, and avoid setting yourself an unrealistic time scale. Online management tools like trello or Monday can help when planning out next steps and deadlines.

6. Invest small at first

This one probably goes without saying, but remember to only invest what you can afford. It’s great if you’re expecting the business to take off, but be cautious not to overspend while it’s still early days. Try to seperate your private money and your company’s money into different bank accounts, and don’t be afraid to consult a pro when figuring out finances. Proper accounting might not seem necessary at first, but it’s important to start as you mean to go on.

7. Team up

Starting a side hustle doesn’t have to be a solo project. Teaming up with friends or family allows you to share ideas and manage your workload. You could also use apps like meetup or bumblebizz, to meet like-minded freelancers and entrepreneurs in your area.

8. Seek advice and feedback

Advice and feedback are key to launching a successful business. Depending on what your side hustle is, initially you may want to trial it amongst your family and friends. This way, you can iron out any bumps in your product or service before launching it to the public.

9. Be creative

You’re in charge, so be creative with your side hustle. This is an opportunity to really put your stamp on something so don’t hold back. Often with a new business idea, the more unique, the better.

10. Be proactive

Stop thinking. Stop talking. Do it. There is no substitute for real experience and even if your first attempts fail, you will always be closer to your dream than if you never started. If you wait for everything to be perfect, you will never begin (we think we saw that on a bumper sticker once).

So, what are you waiting for? Get hustling.

I’m a Slashie, and you should be too

Take it from a writer/student/waitress

In the not very distant past, I’d never even heard of a Slashie. If I’m honest, I thought it was something far more aggressive than it actually is. Being a Slashie, is not something I actively sought out and I’ll admit that growing up, just like many of us, I often felt like a singular, full time job was the mark of success. Suddenly, I’ve found myself launched into the world of the Slashie, yet within a relatively short period of time, the benefits have already prevailed.

I’m a waitress/English literature undergraduate/limber content creator, and somehow these all gel together in one big ball that I’m calling my career. Granted, I don’t get paid to be a student, but I think we can all agree that my degree is an active contribution towards my future employment prospects (hopefully). That’s right. I have three somewhat conflicting ‘hustles’ on the go, and yet there’s a large part of me that feels as if I’m really owning it. Where some may feel that multiple ventures could lead to a sense of unfulfillment, or incompleteness, this could not be further from the truth. Throughout school, and my degree, I never felt as if I had the opportunity to exercise all of my skills; I’d do well in English, Art and history and sort of bumble my way through the rest of it. Now I feel like I’m doing well, and doing well at lots of things.

Part of this is of course, is down to working for limber. It’s very clear from day one that there’s zero expectation to sacrifice. Sure, work hard, but don’t overwork. Don’t say no to friends and family, and don’t give up ‘life’ in place of a job.

It’s a refreshing outlook, and a welcome change from the ‘relentless grind pays off ‘ attitude that seemed to be pushed throughout my A levels and degree. Nothings excessive, it’s all about balance. Being a Slashie and working for Limber feels as if everything’s in moderation, I can actually meet targets and still find time for a social life.

Being a Slashie also means that the repetitive bullsh*t on my cv about ‘enjoying a challenge’ and ‘rising to any occasion’ has actually gained some truth behind it. It’s no longer just a lacklustre, empty, page filler that i presume employers want to hear. Sure, i like to think i have those qualities, but being a Slashie actually proves it. Holding down more than one occupation, is living, working proof that I actually do have strong time management, and organisation skills, and its proof that I can apply myself in a number of different environments. Some days I’m writing about the gender pay gap, others I’m serving cappuccinos and making cream teas. Being a Slashie is about commiting to lots of things, rather than committing to nothing.

I’m not afraid to admit that I get bored. I’m fascinated by (parts) of my degree and enjoy my waitressing job, I love writing. But, I need new challenges, fresh faces, and different tasks to wrap my brain around. I’m convinced that even the chief biscuit taster at McVities just doesn’t fancy a biscuit some days, and that’s okay. Lots of us already enjoy our jobs, but if the repetition of having to apply yourself to the same tasks’ day in, day out can sometimes numb your brain, then the Slashie lifestyle is definitely for you. Of course, I realise I’m at a slight advantage, considering that both my waitressing and writing jobs are designed to be part time. Not everyone can storm into their bosses office and demand four day week, just because they fancy it, but we can start to reintroduce more autonomy, freedom and choices into our working world.

I suppose more than anything, being a Slashie has built my confidence. I’ve never felt more capable or willing to ‘give things a go’. I feel motivated and inspired, knowing that I haven’t committed to doing the same thing every single day. At the start of the week, I enjoy a change of scenery, I can grab lunch from St Nics market, and find I’m productive in an office environment, but by the time it comes around to my Saturday job, I’m glad not to have to commute in order to get to work, and a day waitressing is a welcome break.

People are sometimes quick to judge the Slashie lifestyle, afterall, nothing says ‘I’m annoying’ like someone banging on about their dream job. But being a Slashie genuinely makes working your dream job, accessible, and financially feasible, it’s not something you’re forced to do, it’s something you aspire to.

To put it simply, I’m living and working the best of both worlds and I wouldn’t change a thing. Give the Slashie life a go, what’s the worst that could happen?

“Flexible, empowering and easy, limber allows me to work, when i want to work”

We chat to limber user, Catherine, about why she loves limber and how using the app to find work has changed her life.

Q: So Catherine firstly, why do you use limber?

A: I use limber because it allows me to work when I want to work.

Being able to choose shifts on the day means that if I have a plan and it falls through, I can say ‘I’m going to take on a shift today’.

It’s the flexibility of having a few things planned, but still being able to change my mind the day before.  

Q: Does that mean you check the app for shifts regularly?

A: Yeah, I actually look quite often. I check every morning. It’s part of my routine, I’ll check the news and then I’ll check limber and see what there is. It’s quite spontaneous to be honest, there will be a few shifts a week that are planned, but really, it’s quite spontaneous.

Q: Is there something you particularly enjoy, about picking up shifts on limber?

A: I quite enjoy feeling busy. I like that feeling of going home at the end of the day and feeling like I’ve got something done. I like to prioritise work, so I tend to pick work first and then plan things around that.

Q: What skills has using limber, helped you improve?

A: Definitely my communication skills, I think I’ll be moving up to a supervisory role soon.

Q: How do you find getting paid on limber?

A: It’s really easy. You just send it off, saying that you’ve done it and you get your email saying when you’re getting paid. It couldn’t be any easier. I like to have it all in one place, so I can keep track of what I’m earning. I’d prefer to get paid through the app, because you can keep track of what you’ve worked and when. To me, cash in hand feels a bit dodgy.

I prefer to use limber, over picking up shifts traditionally. I absolutely hate old fashioned rotas where it’s all written out on a piece of paper, and if someone swaps their shift you have to cross it out and write it over the top. Picking up shifts on limber is so much more effective.

Q: So, how did you find work, before limber?

A: I found it really difficult actually. I was studying at university, so I found it really hard to juggle my time, there seemed to be a lot of shifts on limber which were during the week, which suits me, whereas I couldn’t find any shifts like that before. Usually I’m busy at the weekend, so I can’t do long shifts. It’s been completely life changing in that way.

Q: How does limber help you?

A: limber helps me by allowing me to be flexible with my time, I can take on a shift that might be starting later in the day. So, I can do everything I need to do, like go to the gym or something during the day, and then work my limber shift later on. So, it all works out. Wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, I can just log on to the app and find out when there’s shift. It can be on the day, or a week in advanced, and that’s so helpful.

Q: So, what three words would you use to describe limber?

A: Flexible. Empowering. Easy.

Q: And finally, can you describe in one word, how using limber makes you feel?

Excited.

Overworked and underpaid: how can we improve our work/life balance?

Long hours and physical stress are widely acknowledged as being bad for our health, but in the current work climate it seems that gruelling hours and unreachable expectations are increasingly common. Everything we do outside of work, any time we allow for relaxation, hobbies, holidays or raising children is quietly judged as ‘lesser,’ than working a 9-5. You spent the day volunteering at a homeless shelter, but I sat at my desk for ten hours, so I’ve worked harder. Overworking has simply become an expectation within most sectors, and if you’re not up past midnight on a Sunday, desperately trying to finish a presentation for Monday morning, then you’re not doing it right.

 More jobs than ever are geared towards the expectation that we’ll overwork to meet our targets. With more students than ever graduating university with a 1st or a 2:1, and more people waiting to take time off to have children until later in life, the working world is becoming increasingly competitive. Most of us are terrified to say no when allocated a task, in fear that our ever obsessive, time defying, ‘always on’ co-worker will swoop in and steal the job you worked so hard to get.

Employees are attempting to maintain responsibilities that twenty years ago, would have been allocated between three, and technological advances mean that we never truly switch off.  Far too many of us think success means to stay in same job for fifty years, after all it’s the respectable, commendable thing to do and it usually allows you a couple of promotions and a decent pension. You start as an intern at 19 and stay until your depressing retirement party in which you’re forced to graciously thank everyone for the hideous present, they all chipped in for. But does it really have to be this way? It’s apparent that the world of work in broken, so why are we so insistent on maintaining it?

Compare this to Denmark for example, recent studies found that the Danish enjoyed a staggering 16.1 hours of leisure time a day, with only 2% of people feeling as if they spend too much time at work. That’s 16 whole hours devoted to spending time with family, wine-soaked dinners with friends and getting on top of that washing pile that just never seems to end. They have some of the world’s highest standards of employee safety, fair salaries and one of the shortest hourly working weeks, and yet the Danes are among the most productive and hardworking forces in Europe.

Scandinavians have a word, ‘arbejdsglæde’ which specifically means ‘happiness at work’.

Most agree that the key to leading such a well-balanced lifestyle is down to just two things, autonomy and empowerment, which in turn results in satisfied and conscientious workers who genuinely enjoy their job.

So, here are our top five way to improve your work life/balance:

1.Use your calendar

We’re great at planning our time at work, but not so good at scheduling down time. It doesn’t have to be anything mind blowing, but just creating time to go to the gym, or to meet a friend for coffee can massively boost productivity at work, while also looking after your wellbeing.

2. Become a Slashie

Over 320,500 people are already working more than two jobs, and that figure is set to rise. People are embracing a flexible ‘gig’ economy, choosing to pursue their passions, and earn some extra money while they’re at it. By maintaining more than one career, you can relax in the knowledge that not everything you know, and love hangs in the balance of a single job. It’s the ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ mentality.

3. Take regular breaks (and go outside)

This may sound simple, but it’s estimated that a staggering 40% of people each lunch at their desks. Lunch is the perfect time to give your brain a break, and to socialise, and it’s important to take every opportunity to recharge and relax, we promise you’ll feel happier and more productive, afterwards.

4.Try something new

If you’re the kind of person who struggles without a goal to work towards, why not pick up a new hobby? Putting your energy into learning a new (fun) skill can relieve stress and take your mind off work. The crazier, the better we say.

5. Learn to say no

That right, the dreaded word that we’re very unfamiliar with. Saying ‘no’ is something that most of us avoid, but definitely need to practice. If your employer asks you to complete a task, they’re giving you the opportunity to say no, so take it! Saying yes to everything won’t increase productivity and your work could suffer in the long term.

So, there you have it. The perfect work/life balance is not just a pipedream, after all.

Calling time on wage theft

We investigate a growing problem

With brighter days finally gracing our skies, the restaurant trade is expectedly booming. While we all enjoy grabbing a bite on a sunny evening or a couple of cheeky lunchtime pints, increased custom and a higher demand on serving staff can sometimes result in customers leaving the restaurant without paying for their food. 

Despite the UK restaurant and food industry turning over more than 30 billion pounds each year, which tends to spike over the summer months, increasing reports of ‘Wage theft’, as described by Unite the union, have recently surfaced, causing outrage across social media. Multiple restaurants across England and Wales have been accused of cutting the wages of employees to cover the bill after customers have left without paying for their food, and as someone who’s worked in hospitality for the past six years, i can unfortunately confirm that dine and dashers, are hardly unheard-of.

While all restaurants accused have made it clear that this unfair conduct is not company policy, some restaurant managers are blatantly ignoring their moral and, in some cases, legal obligation to pay their employees a full wage, even if a walkout occurs.

This recent misconduct within the restaurant industry brings to light just how detrimental wage theft has become. Wage theft tends to happen more frequently amongst jobs with a high employee turnover, and to those working zero hours contracts, and unsurprisingly many people choose not to speak out against it, in fear that their employment is vulnerable.

Imagine planning a lads holiday to Magaluf, questionable nickname t-shirts and all, only to find that you’re forced to cancel after having your wages docked by £150, due to circumstances entirely out of your control. Or worse, imagine finding you couldn’t pay your rent or food bill because the earnings you earmarked to cover it are no longer coming in.

Such severe sanctions simply cannot be justified.

Just last month, it was reported that a Cardiff waitress was forced to give up £55 out of her wages after a table left without paying for their food. The waitress, who had loyally worked the company for 9 years, was ordered to pay the bill, with the justification that “walk-outs happen too often”. Losing out on the £55, meant that her earnings from the 10 hour shift she worked were docked to £45, bringing her hourly rate down to an illegal, and quite frankly embarrassing £4.50, an eye watering £3.71 below the minimum wage. While her employers commented in defence that this practice was ‘absolutely not company policy’, this response is simply not powerful enough in the face of such a detrimental issue. You only have to read our manifesto to know, that here at limber, we’re pretty passionate about fair pay.

While common, wage theft is not a unique problem to the hospitality sector, and studies have found that the total for unpaid wages suffered by British workers was around a staggering £3.1 billion in 2016, meaning that more than six million of the lowest-paid workers in the country each lost out by £470 on average. Official statistics also show that more than 360,000 workers across the UK as a whole were paid below the national minimum living wage in 2016. Three years on and we’re still fighting against this blatant abuse of trust and exploitation of labour. If the deduction pulls the hourly rate below minimum wage, which in many cases it does, it’s simply illegal.

While there is no organisation that appears to officially follow wage docking as company policy, there’s also a vast lack of measures in place to inhibit this kind of misconduct, and a clear need for a push towards achieving David Metcalfs, Director of Labour Market Enforcement, most recent strategy which is set to improve state-led enforcement of employment rights. This includes new laws and regulations, that explicitly inhibit the unfair docking of workers’ wages.

It’s time to protect workers and ensure that those in higher positions are not lining their pockets with the wages that rightfully belong to their employees, from servers to hairdressers to dog walkers, a full day’s pay is a simply your fundamental right.