Who I am
Hi, my name is Mike, the founder of Rational Hustle. I’m a blogger, a side-hustler and a financial consultant.
I’ve been working on side hustles for more than 15 years. Oh, and I have an MSc in Investment Management from a top London university. 🎓
This blog is about personal finance, side hustles, investing and the daily struggles that we all face to keep our business going, at whatever level you work.
How I got here
I’ve always been interested in business and finance.
When I was 12, I started making and selling custom T-shirts, bracelets and soap. A couple of years later, I created my first online store, selling magic tricks. 🎩 That didn’t go so well, at first, but I got the idea to team up with local magicians and create a pop-up store. To my surprise, they were happy to start a business with a 16-year-old.
I helped run the business while I was still in school for the first year. Our peak sales were over the Christmas holidays when our little pop-up store made over $800 a day. It was exciting, and I thought we were going to keep on growing forever. 💰💰💰
But after the Christmas rush was over, sales plunged. And then the Financial Crisis of 2008 hit. Talk about a shot of cold reality.
I didn’t have a side income and coming up with new business ideas was a struggle. That’s when I decided to put my business enterprise(s) on hold and study finance at university.
After graduation, I landed a job as a financial consultant. But it wasn’t long before I was back, trying out another side hustle.
I still didn’t have any new ideas, so I recreated my pop-up magic trick store. Except for this time, I opened it up only for 6 weeks, leading into the Christmas holidays. It generated $9,000 in revenue, with $3,000 pure profit. That was a good lesson: operate your business only when the customers are buying. 👍
I am working on new side hustle ideas and seeking investment opportunities to build my wealth. 😊
Moved to the city centre to save time every day.
Started cycling to work – it’s cheap and helps the environment. 🌳🌳🌳
I will update my blog with my latest ideas and projects.
Thanks for reading my blog. I deeply value every relationship I’ve been lucky enough to build here – and I look forward to connecting with you.
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