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Archive for September, 2017

What Color is Your Side Hustle? 2018 Edition

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-09-10 at 4.00.28 AMSorry, fab 13 – I’ve been away on holiday in…Scotland. Outlander fan, I am. It was awesome – and I’ve scattered a few pictures of the voyage over at the Instagram page if you’re interested. I owe you a #6onSaturday newsletter, which I’ll try and crank on for you soon of what I learned during my time away.

While I was away, my library sent me notice that I could check out a new career book now out. Staggering updates in one of my favorite books on career development that I often recommend to students and mentees — the 2018 edition of “What Color is Your Parachute?” is out. And, there are some dramatic and staggering stats in it. I’ll let you read it, because it’s that important (and I don’t want to steal thunder from the author), but suffice it to say — our work worlds are changing, right before our eyes.

Careers now are complicated. Here in news out of Indianapolis just this past week, Lilly announced a near 8–9% layoff of their workforce over the coming year. Angie’s List locally will be letting go duplicates of their workforce with an approved merger. The change is disruptive and whiplash-inducing these days.

However, the silver lining here is that we always have options. Gig work, part time, full time, near full time, and one of my personal favorites — the part time side hustle. Just this past week, one of the books I wrote on the options of the side hustle, Plan C: The Full-Time Employee and Part-Time Entrepreneur was featured in Huffington Post (thanks, Caroline Dowd-Higgins, for sharing)! I also found this infographic from Entrepreneur on what type of side hustle you should try. My favorite book of 2016, Adam Grant’s Originals also talks about the side hustle.

Whether you’re considering an Etsy store for your knitting or crafts, all the way through to being a full-time independent 1099 consultant, there’s a lot of different ways you can attack your career these days. I also say, sometimes looking at the spectrum of options, it can be a little overwhelming and unsettling. But, there are a lot of coaches out there who can help you weed through the menagerie.

Also, we’ve worked really hard this year with HBA Indiana to provide content that matters to our members, and on 9/29/17, we’re taking on this very large topic of career development particularly in the healthcare, life sciences and healthcare IT spaces in an unconference format. This unconference will feature many entrepreneurs and many different approaches to your career. If you’re in the Midwest, consider attending to create an offensive strategy for your career moving forward, particularly if you’re in the healthcare and life sciences space: tickets are here.

I’m glad to be a part of the energy around how the way we work is ever changing in this country — and although with natural disasters, chaos and closures going on all around us, I’m thrilled to be a part of how to help get through the chaos, spot the trends, and create the BEST career mosaic for others.

BTW – here are the books I’ve written on the subject, just in case you haven’t read them:  Plan CSingle Women Entrepreneurs, and Multipationals