1 – What inspired you to start your side hustle, and how did you come up with the idea?

I participated in one of Julie’s free challenges back in 2021. Having always been “crafty”, initially I was thinking about starting a side hustle along those lines, but it quickly became evident that what truly brought me joy was family history research. It’s something I’m passionate about and I’ve been researching my own family tree for over 25 years.

2 – What were some of the biggest challenges you faced when launching your side hustle, and how did you overcome them?

Imposter syndrome was a significant hurdle for me, and it’s certainly taken some time to conquer. Through the unwavering support of the Hive and the invaluable trainings in the Side Hustle Success School, I’ve learned to recognise both my worth and expertise.

3 – How has your side hustle positively impacted your life, both personally and professionally?

I’m doing what I love on a daily basis, life doesn’t get much better than that. It’s also kept me going through the darkest of times when my youngest daughter was seriously ill. The extra income has meant lots more holidays, the highlight being able to take my girls to Centerparcs over Christmas last year!

4 – What do you think sets your side hustle apart from others in your industry?

Family history is a lot about names and dates, but for me it’s so much more. I believe that everybody has a story to tell, even the lowly agricultural workers (and I have heaps of those in my tree!) I’m more about bringing a family tree to life.

5 – Can you share a success story or proud moment from your side hustle journey so far?

For a long time, I didn’t feel particularly comfortable promoting my business. On many occasions someone’s reached out for help in a Facebook group and instead of saying “I’m here and this is what I can do for you”, I’ve overthought the whole thing, not said anything, and properly miss out on work. Just recently, someone reached out on a Facebook group asking for someone to help them organise and present all the research they’d done as they just didn’t have time. I responded immediately, and after exchanging a few messages, I picked up the job…and it’s a big one at that!

6 – What advice would you give to someone who is considering starting their own side hustle?

I would definitely recommend taking part in one of Julie’s challenges. Not only will they set you on the right path but they are just so much fun.

7 – Did anything almost stop you going ahead with a Happy Side Hustle?

As sole carer for my daughter, there has been many an occasion where I’ve thought that there just isn’t enough time for a side hustle. In actual fact, I’ve learnt that it’s actually perfect because I can fit it around my caring duties. I’m now also a firm believer that “done is better than perfect.”

8 – What’s next for your side hustle, and where do you see it going in the future?

I have lots of ideas mulling around in my head at the moment, though time is the limiting factor! When I started out, I remember reading a book that took the reader along on the journey of researching your family history. There are lots of books about “Beginning Your Family History” but none quite like that. I’d love to do an updated version bearing in mind that the book was written before the internet.

9 – How has being around Julie and part of the Happy Hustle Hive helped you achieve your goals?

I’m going to admit that when I first started with my side hustle, it took a long while to attract interest but with the support of Julie and the Hive, I remained motivated and persevered. The monthly masterclasses within the Side Hustle Success School have been invaluable. The Hive and the wonderful women within it really are some of the most supportive and generous women you are ever likely to meet.

10 – What’s your favourite thing about being a side hustler, and how has it impacted your life in a positive way?

Earning extra income while indulging in my passion for family history research is immensely gratifying. It’s fair to say that I am definitely one of the quieter bees within the Hive (I’m a complete introvert) and the support from Julie and fellow members has been nothing short of a lifeline, sustaining me through the past couple of years.