115. Starting a Side-Gig Partnership With a Colleague | Karena Skibinski

October 24, 2019


Starting a side hustle is exciting. But it can also be a bit nerve-wracking, especially if you’ve never done anything like it before. It’s easy to get stuck in analysis paralysis, marinating the idea in your head by yourself. Or to get overwhelmed with all the things you think you need just to start.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could start your project with a colleague? As they say, two heads are better than one, and you can push each other to take action on your plans.

Karena Skibinski would definitely agree as this is how she got started with her side gig. Karena is an occupational therapist by day.

She and her colleague Brooke used to have regular conversations about their own routines and all the things that they were doing to take care of themselves. And they started wondering, surely, they couldn’t be the only ones thinking about maintaining a healthy mindset and how to incorporate healthy habits into their day-to-day routines.

It wasn’t a huge leap from that thought. Soon, Karena and Brooke became business partners holding wellness workshops on nights and weekends for a group of people who definitely need them – women entrepreneurs.

Karena shared with me the steps she and Brooke took to get these workshops off the ground, how having a partner makes things more manageable, and how they split the work between themselves.

Thinking of starting a side project with a friend or a colleague? This conversation with Karena is full of ideas about how you can get started.

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Here are a few highlights from this conversation:

When Brooke still worked at the hospital, we would pop into each other’s offices and share tidbits of ways that we took care of ourselves. Like, “Hey, have you gone on a walk today?” Or, “Hey, do you want to get a salad for lunch? Or, “I read this really cool article today or this book or listened to this podcast.” And so we would just share the ways that we took care of our own selves just to keep that healthy mindset. We realized we can’t be the only ones trying to incorporate more of these things into our day. That’s where the idea of the wellness workshops came from.

Sometimes when things get too hectic or I notice that things I’m struggling, I take a step back. And remind myself that we’re doing this for fun.

Throwing ideas out there into the world is a pretty scary thing. But we got a lot of inspiration from books and podcasts. And we surrounded ourselves with other female entrepreneurs so we could talk with them about what and how they’re doing it. Those things help us get comfortable with not feeling like you have to be 100% ready to start. That’s important. Just saying, “This is good enough. Okay. Let’s just do it and see what happens.”

Brooke and I make a good team together. I honestly feel that if it wasn’t for both of us working together, I probably would have been a little bit more hesitant to start a side hustle. But the fact that I had her and we go well together and can bounce ideas off one another and support one another, that really is helpful.

There was a lot of planning but there was also a lot of implementing involved too. Often times, we can get stuck in the idea and the planning phases, and it’s important to remember to do the work. Whether it’s doing a workshop or whether it’s just something simple like posting on Instagram or something like that. It’s about constantly doing something towards that side project.


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