Name: Talia Gutierrez
City: Atlanta, GA
Main Hustle: My main hustle is working in the friendly skies as a flight attendant. Ever since I was a little girl, this was my dream job, so in typical hustling fashion, I made that dream my reality.
Now I get to travel the world and get paid to do it, which is how my side hustle got started.
Side Hustle: Travel Blogger and Encourager for Women
How did you get started?: I was a self-taught wedding photographer for seven years, but after one of the biggest panic moments of my life (when I thought I lost the memory card of my client’s wedding), I decided I was over the pressure that the wedding industry brings!
Friends and family were telling me that maybe it was best if I sold my camera gear and moved on to something new. To me that is like taking a paintbrush from a painter; my camera is how I express myself. So it dawned on me to combine my two passions, photography and travel, and start a travel blog!
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: I work on the blog literally every free moment I have. Whether it be on a layover in Paris at a coffee shop or in between flights at the airport, I always have my laptop and camera with me—ready to work!
I think if you want something bad enough you will find a way to make it work.
I’m constantly attending conferences and seminars learning how to grow in the industry, watching YouTube videos teaching myself how to code and build a website, and reading books in between it all to be inspired to chase after this dream of mine!
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Honestly my biggest challenge is producing content with me in it. I am usually a solo traveler on my trips, so my tripod is my trusty photographer most of the time.
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Being able to express myself. My side hustle started as a passion project. I wanted to inspire others to also escape the everyday routine and fuel them to quit making excuses and chase their dreams.
I recently heard one of my favorite bloggers say, “The first year shouldn’t be about the money. If it is, you are doing it for the wrong reason.” I fully believe you should monetize your hard work and know your worth in what you are doing, but you also have to establish yourself to build the trust of your audience.
Who is your greatest supporter?: My parents. They both in very different ways encourage me that I can do anything in this world and never to let anyone tell me otherwise.
Also my two best friends from college, Lauren and Jenny. They believe in me and tell me all the time how far I’ve come and how proud I should be when I get down about not being far enough in my hustle yet. I think these two know me more than I know myself at times.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: Oh my gosh, I could go on and on about what inspired me. I love watching boss babes in any industry go after what they want. From reading my new favorite book, Girl Wash Your Face, to following and meeting several of my favorite bloggers, like The Blonde Abroad. The inspiration is endless.
I am a part of several creative groups in my city and just being around the energy of like-minded women is another way I tap into that creative inspo.
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: I hope to one day write a book or do public speaking events for women who need encouragement to go after their passions!
I actually already have the name for the book, so that’s next on my agenda!
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:
Don’t wait for the door to open. Nobody is going to be a bigger cheerleader for you than yourself, so stop waiting for someone to make your dreams come true.