One thing is for sure: designing a life with intention often involves a career shift, (r)evolution, or quantum leap. And MML has a community of people working right now to go from day job to dream job. This transition can be lonely, isolating, and draining at times. Which is why I’ve created the Midnight Hustling area on MML.
The Midnight Hustlers Hall of Fame is a place for people juggling a day job with their dream job to share their businesses/career aspirations and links. Here hustlers can find inspiration and support from others in the same boat.
My hope is that this list will be used for networking, reaching out, and encouragement.
If you’d like to be included in this list, please email email@example.com with the subject line: “Midnight Hustling.” In your email please include your name (you can avoid using your last name for work reasons if you like), dream/aspiration, and any links (FB, Twitter, blog, business website, etc.). By adding your name to the list you are stating that you:
- Juggle a day job and your dream job – and are currently working to change careers or start your own business.
- Want to network, reach out, and help other midnight hustlers.
Niki – Single Bubble Pop
(Creator of the term “Midnight Hustling”)
My name is Niki & I’m a retiring midnight hustler! : ) I’m proud to say that I put in my two weeks notice on Monday so that I can build my interior design & graphic design business full time! I’m so so glad that Jess is creating an initiative to connect this group because you CANNOT do it in isolation! I have been so fortunate to have great support the entire time. After a year of hard work, I finally made the leap & I’m not looking back.
Merissa – Wood + Fabric
Hello all, I am Merissa and I’m in the very beginning stages of turning my sewing and woodworking hobbies into a business called Wood+Fabric. At the moment I have clothing and hair accessories that will be available soon, but in the long term I’d like to move into furniture and home accessories. I’m doing a lot of work on my blog now that should be done soon! Thanks!!
Roxy – Stella Jewelry
I am Roxy and I am currently working on my handmade jewelry company, Stella Jewelry. I day dream all the time about being able to work on this full time. I sometimes feel I have an idea of how to get there and other times I’m clueless and worried. Ultimately, I want to have a successful jewelry company and locally a boutique where I can sell my pieces along with gorgeous clothes and accessories, along with jewelry from other designers.
Rachel Gill – Gilly Grey
I currently work full-time as a project manager, but have recently started my business, Gilly Grey. I love refurbishing vintage furniture that I find at thrift shops, yard sales, and Goodwill. I’ve been doing this for my own home for years and have decided to give it a go as a business. I have lots of plans and ideas that I’m slowly starting to put into place, but like any other “midnight hustler” time is the one thing I’m lacking. So for now, I’ll be burning the candle at both ends and looking forward to talking to all of you who are doing the same thing!
Jessamie – Bird & Branch Redesign
I’m Jessamie and I started Bird & Branch Redesign 6 months ago. I love restoring furniture that others don’t want; old, country, modern, etc. In the process of looking for old furniture, I discovered a loved for finding old vintage pieces of home decor. I would love to do this full time! But it would also mean I get to stay at home with my little girl. Right now I work for the building and zoning dept in the city…kind of a far cry from what I really want to do.
Jody-Ann – A Girl’s Next Best Friend
I currently work full-time as a Legal Assistant, and while I do not hate my job it no longer challenges me or incorporate my passions. My dream is to one day own and operate a successful purse boutique full-time, including designing my own line of handbags. I launched my vintage purse store on etsy in the fall of 2010 and after some positive feedback decided to expand to incorporate new purses in an online store opened in April 2011. I enjoy being a “Midnight Hustler” as it provides something outside of my day job, and potentially a future full-time job doing something I love.
Allison & Shikole – The Real Post Grad
Our names are Allison & Shikole and we are currently working to expand our blog, The Real Post Grad, into a collaborative forum for recent college graduates. Right now the website is primarily a blog featuring our experiences and those of guest writers, but we are hoping to expand the site to include job searching tools and life coaching opportunities. We often find it tough to juggle this dream with our current 9-5 positions (although we are certainly thankful to have them!)
In addition to our blog, we are planning to publish a series of E-books(our first will be available this July), so the midnight hustling is only going to increase from here!
Corey – Art-n-Hustle
I run Art-n-Hustle a company dedicated to elevating and educating the urban community on Art & Style. With hoped of opening a retail and gallery location. Late night hours or event planning, design and networking. I look forward to a place like midnight hustler.
S.E. Minegar – Full-time Ph.D. Student
Hi, I am a different kind of midnight hustler. While I am not starting a new business, I am a full time Ph.D. student balancing a very full-time job. My dream career consists of a lot of what I am doing now (working with museum special collections, developing educational programs, attending conferences and writing articles), but it also involves more creative liberty and community support.
Caroline – The Interior Root
My name is Caroline and I’m an aspiring interior designer from NYC currently working in the legal field. I’m taking classes at Parson’s and hope to be accepted into an Interior Design program at the school this the fall. To channel my creativity right now, I have an interior design & lifestyle blog called “The Interior Root” where I share my love for interior style. I try and provide my own photos in every post to keep it personalized!
I’m involved in a few small projects for friends right now in order to keep building my portfolio but still trying to transition towards larger opportunities.
Bethany – Freelance Writer
My name is Bethany and I’m an aspiring freelance writer currently working as a staff writer and social media manager for my alma mater. My full time job is fulfilling in certain aspects, but I’d really like to be my own boss and a full time blogger and freelancer that helps people tell their own success stories.
To keep myself moving forward, I write my own blog: shewritesandrights.blogspot.com. It’s a collection of my inspirations and day to day experiences and my writings.
Mr. Lively – Web Start-up
Hello, I go by Mr. Lively. I work as a software developer for a hospital in Chicago and I am currently working on a web start-up and changing my career path to be much more web oriented.
After moving to Chicago I realized how much I enjoy creating and modifying the web. The start-up I am trying to build from scratch eats up a lot of time, but it’s exciting. I may also be looking into new opportunities in my day job (free-lance or otherwise) that would help me learn useful skills for growing my own business.
I’m not a blogger, nor do I have a Twitter, but I hope this space becomes a good resource for people to come together in an attempt to keep their sanity through this process.
Mandie – MoxieMandie
I work full time at a great job, but nothing I’d like to turn into a career (it may be too late at this point!). Anyway, my dream for a long time has been to one day own/curate a boutique with my own wares as well as products from other handmade artists. I opened an etsy shop late October 2010 and have seen a big jump in sales in the last 5 weeks, which is exciting, but oh! so tiring, as well. Anyway, I’m having fun working at night, I’m getting very little housework done, and tomorrow, April 1 designates my business turning over from ‘hobby’ to business for accounting/tax reasons. I know very little about the actual business aspect of this, but luckily have friends that are helping & learning with me.Â : )
Nancy Sima – Writer
Hey There! My name is Nancy and I’m a freelance writer by day…and night. My big aspiration is to be PUBLISHED. When I have a free moment that’s mine, I work on writing my first novel and posting to my blog. I completed my first novel draft during Nanowrimo 2011(Yay!) and now have the goal of completing my first revision before the end of the year. At the moment I’m looking to connect with other writers and bloggers who enjoy sharing their creativity. I adore fashion and foodie blogs and Makeunder My Life (Of Course!).
Keoka – I Adorn 4 U
I am a technical designer for a Children’s Wear clothing line by day, and every other hour left in life (lol) a fashion designer and recently a jewelry designer.
I started making jewelry in 2009 and got a bit more busy with it last year. My baby’s name (my business) is IADORN4U.COM.
My desire is to totally be able to have my own ALL inclusive line. I have 2 degrees in menswear and womens wear. And I LOVE jewelry. I truly want to connect with others who have or are looking for a way to combine it all w/o going crazy : ).
Megan -NFP & Fertility
Hi All! My name is Megan and I am a math teacher by day, working to transition into a fertility specialist at night. My goal is to help women understand their natural cycles of fertility and infertility and be able to identify and seek effective treatment for any reproductive issues they may face throughout their life. I am currently pursuing certification and beginning to work with clients.
Jaydn – Interior Design
I am a Starbucks barista by day (well, mostly nights actually). What puts the sparkle in my eye is studying interior design with the intention of starting my own business. I’ve always loved interior design, but never felt that I’d be able to have my own business and do it the way I really want to do it. Last year, I decided that I’d just go for it and I’m trying to work on either my studies or business-related things every day.
It can be overwhelming at times for sure, all the more reason to be happy to see that I’m not the only one!
Valerie Querns – Pre-Paid Legal Services
I work my job during the day and work on my fortune at night. I’m an independent business owner at Pre-Paid Legal Services. We help people with affordable access to the justice system. I love being able to help people and make a difference. It’s a nationwide service and we’ve been in business for 38 years.
Ana – (Future) Store Owner
I work full time at a job I don’t hate but which is not a challenge anymore. I guess that gives me the impulse to keep trying to change into something much more creative so I am a Midnight Hustler and have been for a few years now. My dream is to have a successful store(s) where I can show with pride not only my crafts but also those of other crafters and artists. I know I will achieve this eventually.
Email: dasiglam (at) gmail (dot) com
Marina – Craft Business Owner
My name is Marina and my day job is office administrator… Although I do enjoy some parts of my job, my true dream and goal is running my own craft business. I’m still on the beginning of my journey but eager to chase my dream, not just follow : )
Nichole – Acanthus Jewelry
My name is Nichole and I work full-time while trying to get my jewelry business, Acanthus, built up to a full-time career. I started the website in July 2010 and things are going, but slowly. Check out the site if you get a chance, and follow me on twitter! I would love to reach out to people!
Katie Olsen – Scared Panda
My name is Katie Olson and and I work full time as a digital communication strategist at a PR firm in NYC. At night, my boyfriend and I run an online t-shirt shop called Scared Panda. Our goal is to eventually open up a physical store, continue making t-shirts and have a positive impact on our community and nonprofits that are close to our hearts.
Dimi – Jewelry Designer
My name is Dimitra, I come from troubled Greece and I don’t exactly hate my job… In fact I love it!! I have an amazing job as an interpreter in a fire-fighting helicopter!! It’s just that it’s extremely stressful for me and after meeting the love of my life I decided that I have to pursue a more domestic life and maybe start a family…
I was always a very artistic person and studied interior design. But I recently found I have a new passion for making cute, funky and unique jewellery for everybody!! It’s not yet a business, just an idea. I started blogging in an effort to get out there and find some support and like-minded people!! I purchased my first tools and all the beads I could afford a month ago and here I am!!! I seriously need all the help, support and kindness out there!!
Melissa – Melrose Street Custom Content
My name is Melissa and I recently started a freelance writing business, Melrose Street Custom Content.Â I also work full-time and attendÂ graduate school part-time.Â Now that my business is set up, I’m in the process of securing assignments, including everything from creating marketing copy to writing magazine articles.
My blog is more of a personal writing outlet, full of things that inspire me, but it is also a jumping-off point for my business.Â I’m excited to see how everything develops and would be happy to connect with other writers and small business owners!
Maggie Morgan – Maggie Rose
I’m Maggie Morgan, been doing the Midnight Hustle (new dance move?) for about a year (been blogging for 2+ years) starting my interior decorating business. Can’t wait to go full-time (transition may include a PT barista gig, but hey, free coffee!). Someday I’d also like to have a retail store/design studio, but that may be a few years away.
Janelle – Janelle Quilts
My name is Janelle, and by day (and night) I’m an assistant manager in retail. By night (and day), I make patchwork quilts that are fun, fresh, and contemporary. I’ve just started this venture, and have decided to call my business Janelle Quilts (a play on my last name, which is Quil). I’ve known for a long time that I’ve wanted to have my own business, I just couldn’t quite figure out what to do – I was trying too hard to force it. I started taking a quilting class, and it sort of just clicked. So here I am, trying to turn my love for quilting into a business. It’s in the VERY early stages at this point, but I’m working on getting a website made and getting my name out there.
Lisa – Crafter and Future Store Owner
My name is Lisa and I am in the very beginning stages of getting a business put together. I know what I love to do, I am just having a hard time finding a way to put it into something I can do full-time. I love to make things, I love to find a new craft and try to do it, try to grow a little more with each project. And I love to teach and inspire others to the same. My dream is to have a store where I can sell handmade crafts, and products to make them, and teach others how to make them. But with a full-time job and no extra cash it’s proving to be difficult.
Email: leese1015 (at) gmail (dot) com
KeriLynn – Dreaming Iris Design
My name’s Keri and I’ve always wanted to own my own business for as long as I can remember! I LOVE computers, writing and art. I’m a freelance writer and web designer. I’m working on getting my portfolio together. Here are some of my homes on the interwebs:
Javania M. – YAW Inc.
Hey everyone, I currently work as an Crisis Intervention Specialist and I have a mentoring business called YAW Inc which stands for “You Are Worthy”! I love what I do in both fields however my goal is to be my own boss and not have to answer to anyone but myself. We all can support one another with emails and encouragement.
Facebook: Yaw_Inc, javaniam
Valerie – Valeries Gallery
My name is Valerie and I currently juggle two jobs in the education field, while selling my photography and art on line at various websites and doing some freelance work.
Since graphic design and photography are my passions, I would love to do them full time.
Roma Agsalud – POPJUNKLOVE and Iskrambol ni Juan at Maria
Diane – The Rusty Schwinn
I’m Diane from San Diego, California. I currently work full time at a rock-climbing and yoga apparel company by day. Runnin’ my Etsy Shop, The Rusty Schwinn by night. I make beachy accessories and soon will be moving into summer dresses and recycled leather bags. I love it and have it in my business plan to eventually run my shop full time.
Kat – Cheshire Kat
I am working towards being able to quit my day job to become a full time artist/crafter/designer. Some of my favorite projects include printmaking, button making, designing laser cut jewelry, sewing, creating tiny dioramas and terrariums, and re-purposing thrifted items. I love to investigate how things are made and teach myself ways of making it myself. My extensive graphic design background influences all of my work from packaging to product. Check out my blog, Etsy store, twitter, or flickr and be sure to say hello!
Janelle – re:find Joy
My name is Janelle and while I currently work in the publishing industry, my heart longs to create a vintage rental + wedding detail company. I love creating things from design to DIY and I also love the thrill of the hunt for unique vintage pieces. I know that this will be a perfect fit for my creativity. I’ve been blogging about finding joy and working toward my dream job for 7 months now, and I’m hoping to build on that to create my own business.
K.Marie – Fabulous Your It
My name is Karen Marie but I go by K.Marie on my blog and I am a make-up artist as well as a fashionista! I am in the business of FABULOUSNESS! I provide services from make-up artistry, skincare to personal styling and just CREATIVITY all together. Fabulous Your It does everything from fashion photo shoots to wardrobe makeovers. We are all about teaching and showing others how to be their very best fashionable self! I am building a brand that I hope will bring me off my day job and into my dream job! Smootches!
Facebook: Fabulous Your It
Lisa – Elembee Creative
Hi, I’m Lisa! I work full-time at a commercial print shop and spend my free time building a freelance graphic design business. Eventually, I hope to freelance full-time, but for now I’m working towards bringing in extra income from freelancing so that I can move to Chicago within the next year.Â I’m currently focusing on graphic design for small businesses and blog design. My online portfolio is a work in progress, but I share my designs through my blog at elembee.com.
Lauren – Peerless Charm
I am Lauren, an assistant manager of a kitchen store and a student by day, but my true intention is to become a full-time jewelry designer, and open my own boutique. Â I am currently “midnight hustling” on my store Peerless Charm, but I am working hard to save money, and finish school to make this my full-time gig.
Cate – Portsmouth Cupcakes
My name is Cate and my dream is to have my own pastry business: Portsmouth Cupcakes. Currently, I am a lawyer, but I am taking steps to change careers. I am blogging about my journey at portsmouthcupcakes.com. Right now, my site is just a blog, but I hope that one day it will be the home of my business. Thanks!
Alana – CasaBella Studios
Tamara – Glowing in Color
I am an academic advisor by day. My midnight hustle and dream is me as a color analyst. I help women of all ethnicities find their most flattering colors to wear. My package includes a custom analysis with blog feature and color shopping list. My ultimate dream is to do this full-time and branch out into helping people choose colors for interiors and special events in addition to fashion.
Hannah – Sparrow and Spark
I currently work 9-5 in corporate marketing in the UK. When I’m not doing that I am working to develop my online business Sparrow + Spark!- an online boutique specialising in great design and vintage.
Haley – H. Lively Home
I am in the beginning stages of starting my business, H. Lively Home. Initially, this brand will consist of handmade decorative throw pillows but my dreams are to offer much more. I am also designing my own line of fabric and will incorporate my own fabric designs into my sewing. I love home decor and I love to create. This brand/business incorporates both! I currently work an 8-5 job so there is a lot of midnight hustling going on in my life right now and I could use some much needed (and consistent) encouragement! That is why I am so glad to have found this community of like-minded people! I will be posting my projects on my blog and would love to have feedback so I can create a the best product possible.
Jaclyn Souza – Lovelifestyle
Working full-time in the insurance industry pays the bills, but writing is what really fuels my soul. My goal is to become a full-time blogger and freelance writer. I am currently blogging atÂ jaclynsouza.com, a blog about living with intention and loving your life! In addition to blogging, I am working on editing my first novel manuscript, and about to begin an “after-hours” venture as the copywriter and editor for my boyfriend’s tech company. As someone who writes about loving your life, I have realized it is time to really begin to take charge of my life and work towards doing what I love as more than just a hobby!
Catherine and Lauren – The You Are Project
Our online magazine at theyouareproject.com provides women with articles on the subjects of beauty, fashion, health, exercise, news, and more. We also have articles on various organizations that work with women and interviews with individual women who are using their abilities and creativity to achieve their dreams and meet the world’s needs. We have done several of these outreach projects, and we hope to continue to be a resource and promotional tool for existing non-profits that help women, as well as for small for-profit enterprises that are run by women.
Whit – The ReDesigned Home
I have a day job as a Merchandise Planner for a company in the Decorating Industry, but it is not fulfilling my creative spirit. I am in the very early stages of my metamorphosis into a self-employed Decorator. I am hoping to be doing it full time before I become a mom- hopefully soon: ). I recently began writing a blog, and I am starting to market myself and my services. Eventually, my dream is to open a boutique that would sell Home Decor and lifestyle products that cater to people who like to live a beautiful, simple and Natural life. Products would be Eco friendly and/or vintage and would be the basis for my design business.
Hilary – Freelance Dance Artist as a company director, choreographer, and instructor
In Winter 2011 my co-founder and I launched a not for profit small contemporary dance company, Chicago Verge Dance Theatre. We both take different roles and since I have had wonderful opportunities in the nfp world in my “day jobs” I have taken up most of the administration for the company in addition to the role of Artistic Director, choreography and performer. I work a day job and then rehearse, choreograph, and administrate the dance company in the evening and weekend hours. My dream is to one day have the company enough financial support in order for it to be a source of income for the directors and dancers. Freeing up my schedule would all us the time to focus more on increasing quality of the dance work, enhance the experience for our dancers, and create a highest level top notch experience for our audiences.
Heather Dawn – Motorgrrrl Studios Photography
I was born into my love for Photography; visual creativity was part of everyday life for me. My father was a photographer since the 50′s and had his own studio in Milwaukee, WI. I spent many years after my childhood searching for that love…lost it somewhere down the road. Two years of Interior Design, two years of Fashion Design and Marketing, certification in Yoga. I just started freelancing a little over 6 years ago and now realize this is what I am to do and I can’t get enough of it. I now gravitate towards creating expressive visual forms. Inspired to innovate and create entirely new images working within existing photographic traditions contributing my own vision to what has come before. I currently have two websites: one for my “Hot Rods and Girls” and Western lifestyle and the other is for my Commercial Editorial and Fashion. I have several ports that I display some of my “unseen” work and blog. I currently am in sales and am manifesting my dream to work as my own business in photography.
Angela Inglish – Good Glass
I’m Angela Inglish. I am originally from Oklahoma, but have been living in Uganda, East Africa for five years. I recently started a glass recycling business to empower disabled people in Uganda to get out of poverty. My day jobs are a development consultant and yoga teacher. My dream job is to run Good Glass full-time and also teach a few yoga classes a week.
Lauren Myers – Color Hug
I am a business owner and graphic designer. My company is called Color Hug (www.ColorHug.com) which specializes in colorful, unique and fun paper goods such as art prints, business/calling cards, greeting cards, and wedding stationery. I strive to create products that will bring smiles to faces whether it’s because of the clever copy, cheerful colors or the thrill of receiving something in the mailbox that isn’t a bill! I also blog at Myers Maison (MyersMaison.blogspot.com), which covers my DIY home and craft projects, interior design inspirations and other happenings in my life. As far as my dream/aspiration, I am working towards running my business full-time and being able to make a comfortable living doing so. Spending the bulk of my life at a job that I’m not passionate about is not something that I’m interested in. Life is too short for that. I would love to meet people that I can collaborate with and make great things happen!
Sarah Hunter – Tea Ave.
My name is Sarah and I love tea. I also love to sew. After spending years encouraging students to achieve their dreams, I’ve decided it’s time that I take my own advice. Thus I started Tea Ave., an online shop where I sell handmade tea time “accessories.” Each day I learn and grow in ways I never imagined. In five years I would like to be standing inside my own storefront, happily surrounded by shelves and shelves of loose leaf teas and handmade items from local artists. Until my small business dreams turn into full-time work, I spend the school year working part-time as a teacher who can now say she practices what she preaches.