Name: Ali Weideman
City: Minneapolis, MN
Main Hustle: I’m a corporate Reverse Logistics Planner at Best Buy. I love the challenge it provides and enjoy Best Buy’s corporate culture—I genuinely love my full-time job.
I double majored in Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship (minored in Spanish and MIS) during undergrad, so I’ve always had a hard time choosing just one single path.
Side Hustle: Family (or any type) photographer. My main goal is to provide fast, affordable, memorable family photos to my neighbors. I love the process of learning and starting at the bottom of a new trade. It’s also a great way to spend my weekends outdoors and meet people in my area! I love the challenge this provides and the different people it connects me with compared to my 9-5.
How did you get started?: I have been photographing life events for family and friends since grade school (this was before cell-phone cameras existed, so I ran around taking pictures with a Polaroid I-Zone—look it up, you won’t regret it).
Flash forward to last year, my sister said I should just “do it for real.” People have told me this before, but her encouragement really resonated with me on that day, and I decided, “Why not?” The rest is history!
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: 95% of my work falls on the weekends, but whenever I have free time, I find myself working on my photography in one way or another.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: I work full time and am also pursuing my MBA during the weeknights, so it’s not just busy for me but puts a lot of pressure on my husband to pick up the extra slack. An unforeseen perk: he’s learned how to cook and I’m not complaining!
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The biggest rewards I’ve gotten from my side hustle are more confidence in myself, having a creative outlet, and meeting a cool community of other hustlers or small business owners.
Who is your greatest supporter?: Probably everyone who hasn’t yet unfollowed me on Instagram or Facebook! 😉
In all seriousness my family and friends and of course my husband, who goes along with my crazy ideas.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?:
I could list 100 different people, but truly the best inspiration comes from the other women who are already doing it. Getting an uplifting message or good vibes from that community has been the best encouragement to keep going.
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: In a few years I would love to have a studio in my house. Currently my house is too small to facilitate indoor shooting, but I live in Minnesota, which means at least five months of winter!
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?: Try it!
The first step is the hardest step. Adopt the mentality that if something doesn’t work out, it’s not a failure—it’s a learning.