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    Balancing serious sidehustles and full-time work

    Erik, the author of Developer Hegemony and founder of Hit Subscribe, invited me to chat about balancing sidehustles and full-time work in his ... thing ... it's like a podcast but also a live AMA with the audience. What's that called?

    We talked about:

    • why I left Slovenia for San Francisco
    • how I decided to abandon my freelancing career in favor of a full-time job
    • how I run my side business
    • why I refuse to make it full-time
    • the fact everything you do has a cost and ROI
    • you pay with time or with money, but you always pay
    • how a sidehustle can help your main career

    And I said "to give you some context" a few too many times.

    To give you some context, Slovenia's entire GDP fits into the amount of stock value Facebook lost with that 6 hour outage. Yeah.

    Swizec Teller writing a book you’ll wanna read avatarSwizec Teller writing a book you’ll wanna read@Swizec
    Facebook stock lost as much value today as Slovenia's 🇸🇮 annual GDP.

    4.9% of $920,000,000,000

    so yknow ... perspective
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    Your income depends not on what you do but who you do it for. The bigger the ROI the more value you create the more you make.

    The part we didn't get into with Erik is the idea behind why to have a business or other revenue stream alongside a dayjob. That's the Barbell investing strategy.

    You put most of your eggs in the safest basket and gamble to the max with the rest. Cap your downside, maximize your upside.

    I wrote about this in Pay yourself first where I describe my asset allocation after 5 years of Silicon Valley.

    Erik also asked about time management.

    There is no secret. You can cut distractions to make time and you can buy time with money.

    It's interesting how my thoughts on that evolved since @chantastic asked in a React Podcast episode on Hustle and Focus.

    These days I think more in terms of leverage and less in terms of youthful exuberance and hustle. 2 years ago that approach was barely nascent.

    swyx 🗽 avatarswyx 🗽@swyx
    Idea virus living rent-free in my brain:

    "Productivity is for people who don't have leverage." - @fortelabs

    Productivity = output over time
    Leverage = impact over effort
    Swizec Teller writing a book you’ll wanna read avatarSwizec Teller writing a book you’ll wanna read@Swizec
    @swyx Have you seen my forearm tattoo? I had this realization ~4 years ago.

    putting it into practice is proving harder ... something about 80/20 but which is 80 and which is 20
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    Compared to a true leveragist, I have lots to go. Baby steps :)

    Cheers,
    ~Swizec

    PS: you can read more about the seriousness of my side business in 5 years of infoproducts or how I made $369,000 on the side

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    Published on November 5th, 2021 in Opinions, Podcast, Indie Hacking,

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