How Many Side Hustles Are Too Many Side Hustles?

How many sides hustles are too many side hustles? Trick question! I actually don’t know how many side hustles are too many side hustles. Currently, I have a few side hustles:

  1. I serve as a Marketing Consultant and Trainer for 9Round Irvine, a local kickboxing gym.
  2. I also am a Marketing Consultant for GUTS OC, Inc., an outpatient mental health care facility founded on science and structured psychotherapy.
  3. I am a private hip hop dance instructor (Dancing with Mich).
  4. As well as a private swim instructor (Swimming with Mich).
  5. Though this may not really count as a side hustle … I also have an affiliation with All Things Orange County and cover events in Orange County (last year I covered Taste of Pacific City).
  6. I also have an affiliation with abc7 news as an abc eyewitness. I cover events/happenings in Orange County and LA (in 2019 I was invited to Disneyland with abc7 to cover the new Star Wars Land).
  7. I’m also a freelance photographer and take head shot and group photos (graduation, family, professional head shots, etc.)

Okay, maybe that is more than just a “few” side hustles. I also have a full-time job in marketing/communications. My projects and gigs vary from year-to-year, even season to season. Though I’m constantly “busy” working, these projects never really feel like work.

I believe this is because I genuinely enjoy what I do. My side hustles are all based on my passions and interests. I see these as opportunities to challenge myself, learn new skills, hone my current skills and also help a cause, organization or individual.

Throughout the years, I’ve also had plenty of side hustles and ideas that failed or never really grew legs. I started a clothing company with a former partner that lasted for about 6 months. I toyed with a baking business … a career advice/help business (back when I wanted to be a career counselor) … among probably a dozen other crazy ideas that I had written out in a now-deleted Google doc.

I strive to live by the “Man in the Arena” quote by Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…

And I strive to live my life to the fullest to see what I can achieve if I put my mind to it. Everyday, I aim to build a life I am proud of. And how lucky am I to do what I love and love what I do.

About Michelle Mar

Michelle Mar is an Internal Communications & Culture Manager at FirstService Residential. She is also a Marketing Consultant for small businesses. Her strengths include storytelling, visual content creation and communications. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @msmichellemar.