Emily: Nutrition Specialist

Name: Emily Klein

Age: 29

City: Atlanta, Georgia

Main Hustle: Oncology Dietitian at Emory Winship Cancer Institute. I see medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology patients. I help with healthy eating for prevention, during treatments, and for survivorship.

Every cancer diagnosis is very different in its nutrition needs and alterations. I enjoy helping educate patients in regard to treatment side effects and to help eliminate any confusion.

Side Hustle: I work for Wellness Corporate Solutions when possible. For this company, I meet with clients about their overall health and prevention. They are seen with a blood draw, and I assess them following this.

I have always LOVED nutrition. I am very passionate about preventative care and nutrition education. Now more than ever, I find people are very confused about what is truly nutritious, especially in this media-driven society. Nutrition does not have a one-sentence definition. My goal is to educate those interested in healthy eating and cooking, as well as encourage them to be their best selves—and HAPPY!

How did you get started?: I first became interested in nutrition as a little girl. My mom has always been an avid gardener, and I grew up watering and planting vegetables with her. As I grew up more in my high school years, I wanted to learn more about the foods we eat and how this can affect us. I knew I wanted a career in nutrition.

I got started officially by majoring in nutrition and dietetics at Auburn University and completed my Internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have worked in many different fields of nutrition and am now specialized in Oncology Nutrition, as well as a licensed dietitian and Registered Dietitian.

Follow along on Instagram for Emily’s nutrition tips, or reach out directly via email!

Ashlee: Blogger, Attorney for Creatives

Name: Ashlee Hightower

Age: 33

City: Washington, DC

“Real Job”: Attorney

Side Hustle: Life and style blogger and attorney for creative entrepreneures

How long: 2.5 years

When/Where/How: A typical weekday for me starts early. My alarm goes off at 5:00 am. I love my mornings! I’m most productive early in the day. It’s the quietest time of day. No distractions, no incoming emails, no pings on my phone. I like to tackle my inbox with a cup of coffee. I’ll also get my biggest task for the day knocked out in the morning whether that be a blog post for Cobalt Chronicles or a contract for a Contracts for Creatives client. By 8:30, I’m out the door to catch the train to my 9-5 legal publishing job. On my lunch break, I knock out a few easy social media tasks for Cobalt Chronicles or Contracts for Creatives, which usually involves responding to comments on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and drafting posts for all of those platforms. If I don’t have a networking event after work, I try to squeeze in a meditation class or a spin class at SoulCycle. I try to be home before 8:00 pm every day to cook dinner with my boyfriend, Michael. After dinner and a quick show, I pull my computer back out to finish up tasks for both the blog and my contracts business. I aim to get in bed before 11:00 pm, which I’m usually pretty good about!

 The best part is being able to do what I love, help people, and actually make money doing both!

Greatest Supporter: My boyfriend, Michael, and my parents

Side Hustle Dreams: My goal is to take both of my side hustles full time within the next year.

Contact Ashlee here to connect or collaborate, visit her life and style blog here, and check out her legal services for creatives here!

Photography by Michael McHugh

Molly: Copywriter, Website Designer, Photographer

Name: Molly Ramsey

Age: 29

City: Charleston, South Carolina

Main Hustle: Editor and freelance writer.

Side Hustle: Content creator.

I use this term because it’s all-encompassing. Some days this means designing customized Squarespace websites for small businesses, other days it looks like curating content for a brand’s Instagram account, and other days still it takes the shape of photography.

How did you get started?: I’ve forever been a fan of writing and the written word. I attribute a lot of that to having speech impediments as a child—while verbally expressing myself was tough, writing was a glorious land where my Rs always sounded like R’s and my S’s didn’t have a lisp. I graduated college with a degree in journalism and moved to Charleston for an editorial internship in the magazine publishing field. From there, my career advanced pretty linearly; I worked my way up from editorial assistant to assistant editor to editor, all within the same company.

This past summer I left my full-time role at the magazine to pursue a freelance career in writing and editing. I remain editor of a health and wellness magazine (I’m constantly inspired by the field of wellness), regularly contribute to a cache of local magazines (writing about home and event design, businesses, cool movers and shakers, and on), and taking on new work from national brands (like Fodors and Menasha Ridge Press).

While I consider writing and editing to be my “main gig,” I’ve used the newfound flexibility in my schedule to pursue projects that let me flex my storytelling and brand building skills in new ways. I’ve customized and written copy for a few small businesses’ websites; I’ve managed Instagram and other social media accounts; I’m taking on marketing and public relations projects for companies; and I’m exploring the world of photography—all of which, for now, I’d consider side hustles.

Through my work as a writer I’ve interviewed and learned the stories behind so many brilliant brands and people. These side hustles are my way of helping people share their stories and passions with the world. They also let me continue learning and growing professionally in a way I wasn’t able to while working full-time in magazine publishing.

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: The line between my main gig and side hustles is pretty thin and becomes fainter each month. So I work on both from home and various coffee shops, with my schedule and workflow changing from day and day.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: While my career in magazine publishing prepped me well for many aspects of my side-hustle projects, they also require a good bit of self-teaching, which is a slow process that can be riddled with self-doubt. Speaking of self-doubt … the whole promoting/marketing myself thing is a real struggle. I can promote the heck out of a brand I’m behind or a team I’m part of, but now that the brand is myself and the team is me, I find it challenging at times to market my skills and services in a way that doesn’t feel icky.

An amazing curveball is on the horizon for my career, too: my husband, Will, and I are expecting our first child in June! TBD how becoming a mom will change the scope and trajectory of my current side hustles; I know it’ll shake things up in huge and wonderful ways.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The ability to pursue new projects and work with new people has inspired and enlivened me. Also: while there are plenty of perks to working in magazine publishing, it’s a low-paying field that often requires lots of overtime. I cherish the control I have now over both my schedule and profitability.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband, Will, and closest friends helped give me the courage I needed to take the plunge into a freelance career and continue to support me as I work my various side hustles.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: The teachers at Charleston Power Yoga have impacted my life and career in ways I’m only beginning to understand. Also, podcasts are my jam. When I was considering my career change, I listened to The Tim Ferris Show, The Lively Show, and For When You by Jessica Kenny (a former CPY instructor) on repeat. My current go-tos are The Goal Digger Podcast, The Rich Roll Podcast, One Part Podcast, and TED Radio Hour. Though at times I want to delete the time-suck and comparison-monster that is Instagram and never look back, it really is a huge source of inspiration and introduces me to brands, people, and businesses I’d never find otherwise.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below so we can include these details in your profile.: Seeing my byline—whether it’s in print, on a business’s site, or on Instagram—is always a thrill. This year’s highlights including writing a Charleston hotel guide for Fodors (I remember buying their print travel guides when I traveled to Europe in high school!) and co-authoring my first book (a Charleston-area outdoor guide due out later this year).

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: TBD! Perhaps choosing one side hustle to really dive into and become an expert in. Or maybe starting a blog or website that lets me put all my interests and skills into a brand created by me.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

I struggle with imposters syndrome from time to time—the feeling that what I’ve accomplished isn’t relevant or official enough—so I like to remind myself that literally everyone is winging everything in life.

Visit Molly’s website to learn more, follow her on Instagram, or reach out to her via email if you would like to connect or collaborate!

Featured Images by: Molly Ramsey

Kaylee: Jewelry Stylist

Name: Kaylee House

Age: 28

City: Mobile, Alabama

Main Hustle: Wife, Mom

Side Hustle: Jewelry Stylist

How did you get started?: My mom and I attended a trunk show a few years ago and were instantly hooked on the entire Stella & Dot collection. After continuously ordering from other stylists, we decided we should give it a go!

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: As time allows—we are able to work from anywhere with WiFi.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: It’s challenging to set time aside from my family and busy life to market and inform others about the jewelry.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?:  The rewards are sharing the unique jewelry with other women and hoping they feel as beautiful and stylish in our pieces as I do. It also doesn’t hurt to make some extra income for my family!

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband and my mom—both of them know my love for unique, bold fashion styles that you don’t see every day, and they support and love me for it.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: I’ve always had my own unique style, and I take great pride in that.

I want to be an example to my daughter (especially) and all women I come into contact with and show them that it is 100% okay to be you, even if that means others don’t have the same taste or opinion.

Stella & Dot has some of the coolest jewelry and being a stylist has allowed me to encourage others to take a risk and wear  bold statement earrings with confidence!

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?:

I would love for my side hustle to reach as many women as possible and to just be a reminder that we can and should treat ourselves and be as unique as the jewelry we wear.

Visit Kaylee’s Stella & Dot Facebook page, follow her on Instagram, or email her to connect or collaborate!

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Rachel: Baker

Name: Rachel Morrison

Age: 28

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

“Real Job”: Stay at home Mom/Aunt

Side Hustle: (Very) amateur baker

How long: Two years

Where: At home, during naptime

Best part: Pulling a super amazing loaf out of the oven

Worst part: Pulling a failed loaf out of the oven when it has taken days to make

Your greatest supporter: My child Rhodes, who loves bread

Your inspiration: My husband who started my obsession with our sourdough starter. If he wasn’t working around the clock in his residency, he’d be my co-baker. He is that when he gets the opportunity.

Side Hustle Dreams:

Right now I just bake for my own self growth and sanity. The feeding, mixing, kneading, and baking that goes into bread gives me a sense of accomplishment and identity outside of my role as a mother. Each loaf teaches me something, and I love being able to constantly learn through doing.

If this randomly one day leads to something beyond that, I am open to it. Right now my side hustle is my selfish way to better myself and exercise my mind all while nourishing my friends and family.

Reach out to Rachel here if you’re interested in learning more or collaborating!