What happens when your Side Hustle fails?


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Last post, I talked about how awesome side hustles are.  And trust me, they are awesome.  100%, awesome.  Not only are they a great way to explore passions and earn that extra money, they are just a great way to feel creative as well.    BUT, side hustles aren’t always sunny and bright.  Sometimes, they don’t work out.  Sometimes, we fail.

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I’m guilty of it. I’ve failed at so many things in life.  I’ve failed at opening my own bookstore. I’ve failed at publishing a book.  I’ve failed at becoming a professional softball player.  I’ve failed at inventing something awesome.  I’ve failed, plain and simple.  and I pretty much continue to fail at something each and every day.

To tell you the truth, I actually don’t mind the failure.  From failure, I feel like I’ve learned a lot.  When I failed to take the leap of faith and open my own bookstore, it propelled me to start making a realistic business plan for myself.  When I failed at publishing and writing a book, it helped me decide to start a blog.  When I failed at becoming a professional softball player, it aided me in using that discipline I learned on the field and put it towards my work ethic.  When I failed at inventing anything, it let me know that I do have some innovation and creativity somewhere but it’s not ready to be exposed quite yet.  And for each of my failures, I’ve grown.  I’m stronger now than I’ve ever been.  I’m more confident in myself than before, and I have a belief in myself that I refuse to hide.

Think of failures in terms of side hustles.  How many side hustles do us “serial entrepreneurs” have to try before we finally find success?  And once we find success, how long can it possibly last?

To be honest, the term side hustle bugs me…just a bit.  Sure, it’s a hustle, but that word to me carries a negative connotation.  I prefer the term “side-gig”, or “part-time passion” actually.  Seems less salesy…more comforting and approachable.

If you find yourself going after your part-time passion, then give it your all.  Why try something and do it half-ass?  If you fail, you’ll never know if your failure was in part to your ability or your lack of drive and motivation to make it succeed.

AND…if your side-gig does fail, embrace it.  Own it.  Reorganize it, and give it another go.  Learning from your mistakes should propel you to try again.  If your side-gig fails, it’s not the end of all ends.  Use it as motivation, inspiration and find a way to do it better next time.

Related Post:  15 Side Hustles to Start Today

My dream of being a blogger that motivates others is my goal.  Sometimes, I write a post that hits it outta the park and other days, I feel blah about the words as they pour themselves out onto the screen.  Regardless, I know that if one post isn’t so hot, the next one will be better.  I keep going because I want to because I have a genuine passion and love for writing.  I’m a believer that if one truly loves something, you can make it work.

Don’t be hard on yourself if your side-hustle (ugh!) fails.  Keep trying to find ways to make your passion in life work for you.  Refuse to tell yourself no or let yourself down.  You got this.  I’m cheering for ya!

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45 thoughts on “What happens when your Side Hustle fails?”

  1. I love how you said you have learnt a lot from failures. Yes we often feel just sad about failures and forget to acknowledge what is has left us with. I am also a blogger because I love writing. I don’t even want to make money out of it. But it is just very satisfying 🙂

    1. Thena says:

      It’s so great to just be able to write, isn’t it?

  2. Kacie says:

    I always try to have my fingers in lots of pies so to speak – you never know when something will go wrong or not work out as you’d hoped it would do!

  3. This is so good! Sometimes doing something extra to be a blessing or a curse. Realizing that it’s OK to feel and even when you’re psychic go to the wayside is an important realization. Thank you so much for being transparent about the struggles we all go through.

    1. Thena says:

      I’m admit my failures all day, every day! 😉

  4. So I learned a new term today — side hustle. On my side of the world, we refer to it as “raket” I really don’t know how or why the word is coined that way. I think it’s ok to fail as long as we learn something from it and avoid comitting what we did wrong in order not to fail again or at least not to fail hard.

  5. Cait says:

    Love this! i know side hustling can be difficult but i know it happens and it can be a blessing or a curse!

  6. Tahnee says:

    Yes girl we don’t fail we learn! Failing implies you didnt gain anything. As long as you learn from your mistakes your good
    It’s also a great idea to see your ‘part time passions’ as just that. If you can make a some money bonus but it’s not the be and end all

  7. I completely agree about learning from failures. The things that don’t go right tend to teach us the most I think xxx

  8. I like the way you look at it. Failure teaches us something! I definitely think you should adjust and keep moving!
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  9. Lisa says:

    I totally agree. We all should be doing something we enjoy and that inspires us. If it can’t be the money-maker today- keep working and it could be one day. Learning from failure is really the only way to succeed 🙂

  10. Kasia says:

    Oh gosh I feel the same way. I’ve failed on so many thing. I’m not one of those people that succeeds in everything and I can admit that. My ‘side-hustle’ is pretty much full time work for me now and I’m determined to make it work. But will I make mistakes? For sure, but you must learn from it to move on.

    1. Thena says:

      You got it!!! <3

  11. Amiekayy says:

    This is so inspirational! I love how you detail your failures and how they helped propel you into new areas of your life. (So are they really failures then?) I just started my “side gig” a few months ago, so here’s hoping I succeed…or at least, learn like you did.

    1. Thena says:

      I’m a chronic life-long failure. 🙂 Cheers to success for you my friend!

  12. Niki says:

    Seriously inspiring post and I think it represent all of us to a certain point. You are right, we should not be afraid of failure since a road full of failures is ultimately the road to success! Keep ’em coming, I love inspiring posts like this one.

  13. yes yes yes! I always say it’s “failing forward” so there is no such thing as failure, only opportunities for growth! Love this!

    1. Thena says:

      Failing forward, I love it! <3

  14. Linda Hobbis says:

    My husband always refers to the book Outliers which says it takes at least 10,000 hours to be an expert at anything. I think if you want real success you have not focus rather than dabble with loads of different projects on the side.
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    1. Thena says:

      I’ll have to check out that book!

  15. Yes! Failure gets a bad rap, huh? Sometimes, like you say, it can be a good thing! I’ve had several failed side-gigs myself. Onward…!
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  16. Yes…. failures are roads to lessons and eventually success! We all have them and need them. The optimism you’ve illustrated in this post is so evident. Thank you for putting these thoughts into readable words!
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    1. Thena says:

      Thank you for reading!!!

  17. Jonia says:

    This is a very inspiring post. I really like how you say side hustle instead of failures. Even though we all know we learn from our failures, it’s still a negative term and feeling. Side Hustle is more positive and uplifting but we can still learn from the hustle.

  18. jill conyers says:

    It’s true we can learn a lot from failures but at the time it’s sometimes hard to see the lesson learned. Then, at some point, the lightbulb comes on and we see the purpose of what was learned.
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  19. What a fabulous attitude you have and I agree – you learn from every challenge and failure! AND I love the title “Part time passion” – totally nabbing that!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  20. I was just listening to something similar on the radio! I try and learn from my mistakes, and not to be too hard on myself. Great post. Kaz
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  21. Em says:

    Such an important lesson in this post. We shouldn’t be afraid to try something because we’re scared of failing. It’s important to learn from your mistakes and embrace them! Great post!

  22. Katherine says:

    Well said. Failure is hard to admit but it is important to focus on the positive and move on! Thanks for the post, it’s good to remember this!

  23. Louise says:

    I don’t think there’s really such a thing as ‘failure’. I like to think of something not working out as planned as a learning curve. But that might be because I’d feel like a complete failure at everything if I didn’t, though! Oops

    Louise x
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  24. Cristina says:

    I think it’s so important to try and experience new things, even if you fail! You learn regardless

  25. failures are stepping stones to success and ur article has just put this quote in perspective.

  26. Crystal says:

    Well written post with so many truths. I think it’s important to fail sometimes, you learn most from errors and failures.

  27. Danie says:

    It is so true that side-hustle kind of has a tinge of kind of left overness to it. We work so hard on many things. I work very hard on the blog. I want it to be my primary work. It just takes time to get it going. It makes it no less important. It is frustrating if things don’t work and we fail but the lessons are usually setting us up for our future win. Congrats on yours. your blog is awesome.

    1. Thena says:

      You are sweet! Keep up the great work!! <3

  28. Jessica Foster says:

    This post was a breath of fresh air. Thank you for sharing <3 What matters is that you pulled yourself up again.

  29. Rogue says:

    Yes, so true! I was very upset about my “failings,” but looking back now I realized they were a catalyst for growth and strength! And I wouldn’t be the professional or person I am now (for the better).

  30. Jake Ferrer says:

    This is a great post to read! All i can say is that we should try everything to learn more. Even if it takes for risk to fail so we can try learn from our mistakes.

  31. Cait says:

    learning from our failures is such key and thank you for being brave to share yours!
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  32. Lyndsey says:

    you can learn so much from failure! Each failure can propel you forward to what’s meant for you!

  33. Kallie says:

    This was great. I think failure is important, we learn so much from it. A failure can teach you another, better way to approach things.
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