midnight hustler hall of fame

From talking with my “midnight hustling” friends (people working to go from a day job to their dream job) I’ve heard over and over that the long hours juggling both jobs is lonely at times. And based on Why It’s Good if You Hate Your Job, there are a lot of other people out there who might be feeling isolated as well.

So today I’d like to create a register for all those who are working towards their dream jobs, businesses, careers while employed doing something else. The Midnight Hustlers tab above will be a place for people to share their businesses/career aspirations and links. This way 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.

So if you’d like to be included in the Midnight Hustling Hall of Fame please comment below with your name (you can certainly avoid using your last name for work reasons), aspiration, and any links (FB, Twitter, blog, business website, etc.). By adding your name to the list you are stating that you:

  1. Juggle a day job with your dream job – working to change careers or start your own business.
  2. Want to network, reach out, and help other midnight hustlers.


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  1. Merissa

    Jess, thank you SO MUCH for doing this!!!

    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. My blog can be found at woodplusfabric.wordpress.com. I’m doing a lot of work on it now that should be done soon! Thanks!!

  2. Roxy

    What a great idea ~ THANK YOU!

    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 sometime’s feel I have an idea of how to get there and other times Im clueless and worried. Ultimately, I want to have a sucessful jewelry company and locally a boutique where I can sell my pieces along with gorgeous clothes and accessories, along with jewelry from other designers.

    I also would like to consult with Jess in the near future as I get closer to knowing the direction I want to take my company.

    My website is a work in progress 🙂 http://www.stellajewelrystore
    My blog: http://www.a-spotoftea.blogspot.com
    Twitter: Roxy1021
    FB: http://www.facebook.com/stellajewelry.

    Thanks again for this great idea I can’t wait to network.

  3. Rachel Gill

    This resource couldn’t have come at a better time! I was just thinking yesterday that it would be so nice to have others to converse with who are in the same “busy” boat as me working toward their dream!

    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!
    http://www.gillygrey.com (my blog)

  4. Helena

    What a great idea! While I’m not a Midnight Hustler, I’m an MH-supporter! Good luck, everyone, I can’t wait to see how everything works out!

  5. Jessamie

    Relief and comfort! Thank you for doing something like this. SO many times I feel like I’m one of the only people who can’t ‘just take a leap’!

    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 descovered 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.

    Check out my site: http://www.birdandbranchredesign.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bird-Branch-Redesign/143085835750789
    Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/birdandbranchre

  6. This is such a great idea! 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!

    Our website: http://www.therealpostgrad.com
    Our twitter: http://twitter.com/therealpostgrad

  7. Corey

    Such a cool idea. Yes, these late night hours do get lonely. 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.

    Website: http://www.artnhustle.com
    twitter: http://www.twitter.com/artnhustle

  8. SEMinegar

    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.

    Great segment, Jess. Good luck to everyone!

  9. Caroline

    This is such an amazing idea–

    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” ( http://www.theinteriorroot.com ) 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.
    Hopefully this site can provide people like us with the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other and keep in mind that there are others who are going through the same transitional period experiences!

    Blog: http://www.theinteriorroot.com/
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/careoctavia

  10. bethany

    Jess, this is so awesome!

    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: http://shewritesandrights.blogspot.com/. It’s a collection of my inspirations and day to day experiences and my writings.

    I keep having these conversations with people, and over and over again people tell me that they think that my generation is aimless and passionless, yet I am surrounded by abundantly talented individuals that know what they want but aren’t sure how to articulate that and share it with the world. I want to help them find their voice and tell their story.

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/writesnrights
    Email: shewritesandrights@gmail.com

  11. Mr. Lively

    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 startup 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 startup 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.

  12. 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 desgnates 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. 🙂

    my email is moxiemandie@gmail.com and my twitter handle is mandiegirl

  13. Nancy Sima

    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!)

    My email is CalendarGalBlog@gmail.com

  14. KEOKA

    HI My name is Keoka!!!
    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 I.adorn 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 :-).

    I blog when I think ppl care what I have to say :-p. becuzithoughtso.blogspto.com
    twitter :Iadorn4u

  15. Jess

    Thank you everyone for submitting your stories for the Hall of Fame! I’ll be updated the list tomorrow :).

  16. 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.

    Blog: http://nfpfertilityhelp.wordpress.com/

    Thanks, Jess! 🙂

  17. Niki McNeill


    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.

    You can find me at http://singlebubblepop.blogspot.com and http://twitter.com/nikimcneill

    And I do believe that I coined the phrase ‘midnight hustling’! 😉

  18. Jadyn

    Hello, I am Jadyn! I love this, thanks Jess! Reading through the previous comments was so exciting and encouraging.

    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!

    Blog: http://dutchbritishlove.wordpress.com
    E-mail: jadynsenior (at) gmail (dot) com
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/JadynSenior

  19. Thank you for the hustler appreciation! 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. Check out the very affordable plans here: http://www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/vquerns60 or email me @ valeriequerns@yahoo.com.

    Cheers to everyone’s success! Keep working toward your goals!

  20. ana

    Hi, my name is Ana and I believe this a marvelous idea.
    I work full time at a job I don’t hate (loved your post yesterday) 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.
    I don’t have a blog yet but my email is dasiglam (at) gmail (dot) com
    Good luck to all.

  21. Marina

    I’m in :-))

    My name is Marina and my dayjob is office administrator… Although I do enjoy some parts of my job, my true dream and goal is running my own craft buisness. I’m still on the begining of my journey but eager to chase my dream, not just follow ;-))

  22. Nichole

    Great idea Jess! Thank you!

    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.

    I’m really needing to explore resources for support and ideas, and this site, as well as this group is a great source!

    check out the site if you get a chance, and follow me on twitter! I would love to reach out to people!


    Twitter: http://twitter.com/AcanthusJewelry

  23. Love this!

    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.

    Looking forward to getting to know other entrepreneurs!

    Website: http://scaredpanda.com
    Blog: http://scaredpanda.com/category/blog
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/scaredpanda
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ScaredPanda

  24. Dimi

    Hello everybody and thank you sweet Jess!
    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 unigue 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!! I’m glad I found this post and look forward to meet all those great people!
    A million time thank you Jess for the wonderful idea!! I also have to stress the fact of how important it is for people who live outside the U.S. to have such an access to all this valuable knowledge that you provide!!

    Kisses and rainbows to all!!


    Visit my blog, and comment on the stuff I’ve made if you wish: littlewitches-tinywizards.blogspot.com

  25. Jess

    Just updated to this point :).

    Thanks for coming on board, Katie and Dimi!

  26. Whoops, I’m a little later here 🙂

    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.

    You can find my blog at http://www.maggieroseonline.com. On Twitter I’m MaggieRoseBlog, and my etsy shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieRoseBlog where I sell mostly vintage but some home accessories that I’ve designed as well (and more coming soon)

  27. Jess

    @ Maggie: Got you on the list!

    I also have those who have emailed up to this point included as well.


  28. Alexa

    I think this is such a brilliant idea Jess! Great job for thinking of it.
    I’m not a Midnight Hustler, as of yet, but I do want to help out and support the other Midnight Hustlers – they’re definitely inspirations. 🙂

  29. Janelle

    I was just thinking the other day that I finally think I’m starting to fall into the midnight hustler category – so this is perfect timing!!

    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. For now I can be e-mailed at janelle.quil@gmail.com until I get everything else going! I’m looking forward to connecting with everyone else out there who is in the same boat!

  30. Jess

    Got everyone up to here! Thanks Janelle, Nichole, and Alexa!


  31. Lisa

    Hi. 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.
    This is a great idea. Thanks so much! If this helps even one person, even if it’s not me, that means you have done something amazing. Thank you again. leese1015(at)gmail(dot)com.

  32. What an awesome resource! Thanks so much for setting this up =)

    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:

    This is my business website with my currently meager portfolio & my business blog.

    My personal blog, where I write about whatever strikes my fancy. Lots of posts on my obscure conlanging hobby =)

    A new blog I just started about spiritual & metaphysical topics from a skeptics view. Not to debunk, but on how you can use things like dream interpretations and tarot cards to get to know yourself and enhance your creativity and productivity.

    I’m quite active on Twitter- feel free to follow me @dreaming_iris! Or email me at kle321(at)gmail(dot)com. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s interested in networking and meeting others in the same fields.

    Thanks again, Jess, for hosting this!

  33. Javania M

    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.

    My facebook: Yaw_Inc; javaniam
    Twitter: naturalbeauty04
    email: yawinc.com
    website: http://www.yawinc.com

    I am currently working on my personal website so I would rather not put that. Take care everyone!

    Best WIshes,

  34. Valerie

    Such a great idea! Thank you for doing this.

    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.
    I look forward to communicating and seeing everyone’s accomplishments!

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ValGallery

    Twitter: @saxie5

    Email: ValerieWaters(at)gmail(dot)com

    Main Store: http://www.zazzle.com/ValeriesGallery*

    Other Stores:





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