A new direction for Step Away from the Mall – and My Ghostwriting Hustle

by Nick on August 14, 2015

My new hustle as a ghostwriter.It’s been a while since you and I have hung out.

It’s been for several reasons.

All good ones, actually.

And now it’s about to change.

You and I are going to have some fun together.

Here’s how:

Many of you know I work full time as a lawyer, host two podcasts, wrote a book called Confessions of a Terrible Husband: Lessons Learned from a Lumpy Couch, and make lots more noise around the internet….

Oh yeah, I’m married with children, too.

That’s a lot of stuff, right?


How do I do it all?

Several ways. But here are my three favorites:

1. I plan carefully.

Nothing is by accident. I plan the times I work and the times I relax. I set boundaries and stick to them. People ask to invade space that I have set for other things I say no. Yeah, it’s tough sometimes. But it has rarely been an issue. It’s usually a “not then, but now about at this time” rather than a straight “no.” But… that leads me to number 2.

2. I say no.

I’m terrible at saying no. I used to never say no. But now that I am focused on building a freelancing business (rather than just freelancing for fun like I have been doing), I’ve had to say no more and more. So in addition to “not now,” I have to cut things out and say no to opportunities to allow me to focus on where I can have the most positive impact in the world, which starts in my home and then trails off as I go through my day job, freelance writing for pay, and my personal writing and podcasting.

And finally…

3. I supertask.

I write a lot. I podcast a lot. I speak, too. But I don’t multitask. I do the exact opposite. I’ll write more on this later. But when I set a time to do something I stick to it. If I have to write 5 blog posts for various sites this week, I don’t write one a day, I write 5 in a 3-hour period one night. Same with podcasts. Same with promotion.

So where does this leave us?

As of September 1 I am hitting “reset” on all of my online adventures and share the process for me building up my side hustle.

I do have several items in place and have been doing some writing, coaching, speaking, and podcasting for money for a little while now, so it’s not exactly “new.” But I haven’t shared my process, successes, and failures before.

So I’m going to start that right here.

I’ve been wanting to redirect Step Away from the Mall for a while. It’s always been about improving your money and your family life.

But I wanted a better narrative.

Now I have one.

Stick with me as I share how I’m building my business with strong boundaries around family.

This isn’t going to be the most polished of websites. It never has been. And it never will be. And I think you’ll like that.

But it will be a place where you can follow along with me as I build my lifestyle business more intentionally than I ever have.

Until next time, put your credit card down and slowly step away from the mall!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa August 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Been wondering where you’ve been! Can’t wait to hear more!


Money Saver January 8, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Super-tasking – I really like that phrase. I find that I am the most efficient when I am able to get in the zone and do supertasking as well.


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