1. Tell me about yourself
My name is Cori Large. I have a full-time job as a Librarian as well two side hustles: Tales From A Polk County Girl, my blog and YouTube channel; and a crafting business where I sell my knitting and other handmade items.
2. What inspired you to start your side hustles?
I started my knitting business about six years ago. I decided to knit cotton dishcloths as Christmas presents and a friend encouraged me to sell them. So for the last six years, I’ve been knitting dishcloths and other items nine months out of the year and I spend Oct-Dec participating in craft shows.
The blog originally started out as a free WordPress blog: A Head Without a Thought, where I posted book reviews mainly, but then branched out. In 2015, I decided to pay for a hosted site, and rebranded as Tales from a Polk County Girl. A few weeks later, I started a YouTube channel by the same name. On this blog, I post about planners and other things that interest me (books I’ve read, recipes I’ve made, etc.)
Earlier this year, I became interested in Traveler’s Notebooks, and wasn’t happy with the inserts that were out there, so I started designing my own. These are sold as digital downloads on my ETSY shop.
3. How do you manage your time to juggle all these projects?
I started making monthly goals that include working on my side hustles. I make X amount of craft show products, film 5 videos a month and write 10 blog posts (I like have a backlog in case of a slow month). Some months I do really well, others I’m struggling to meet my goals.
4. What advice do you have for anyone who’s looking to start a side hustle?
Start slow and be consistent before you add more work.
5. What are some resources that have helped or continue to help you along the way?
Alexis, or @MissTrenchcoat on YouTube has been an inspiration. Also, just listening to and believing in myself.