My first trip abroad since launching this side hustle has taught me a lot about the importance of having systems in place for operating your business.
If you aren’t thinking about your side hustle as a business, you MUST start now. A business, whether it be a side hustle, start-up, or fortune 500 company, should not be dependant on one person. I know with my day job if I fall off the edge of the world tomorrow (no, I am not a flat-earther) the business will keep on moving, no matter how important I like to think I am. This should be the same for your side hustle. Creating and documenting these systems is one thing that corporate America will teach you well.
I really didn’t consciously think that I was creating robust systems, nor was I worried about it because the side hustle only has one person involved at this point, me. However, when I left for a 9-day trip to India where I would be almost completely disconnected from my business, I realized that I did have systems in place and they were working well.
I cannot quite explain the feeling of hiking a mountain in middle-of-nowhere India then getting back to the hotel (it was actually an old fort for the 1400’s) and getting a notification for a sale when my phone connected to the network. Or, receiving an email from my warehouse that 89 orders shipped out that day while I was eating dinner, legs crossed on the ground, in a local village in Japuir India. These things told me that I had systems in place and they would facilitate my business continuing to run, even when I am away.