Author Topic: struggling to stay interested in day job as side hustle grows  (Read 292 times)


  • Pencil Stache
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Anyone else experiencing this?

My day job still accounts for over 90% of my income, but my side hustle (fiction writing) is picking up steam. I hope to earn $15,000 in writing income this year, which frankly, based on surveys and other data, seems to put me above most "hobby writers." I have a Patreon account, and I'm actually getting supporters. Another publishing company approached me recently and wants me to pitch them. They offer a $10,000 advance, paid in chunks over the course of draft development. No, this is not "big money" in the big scheme of things, but I feel like I'm heading in the right direction.

The problem is that I find writing fiction, networking with authors/publishers, connecting with readers, branding myself as a creative, to be much more interesting and fulfilling than my law job, but there's no way the law job is going anywhere, at least not for another couple of years. We have to build our net worth. And I still have law school debt (although it's rapidly shrinking).

So how do you maintain interest in your main job once you've discovered a "side hustle" that's more fun, personally rewarding, and that you are more passionate about? Especially when you recognize it's going to take years longer to try to make the transition?