An entrepreneurial life can quickly become overwhelming when you try to juggle too many tasks at one time.

While “hustling” has become a way of life for some small business owners, the Anti-Hustle Movement puts a greater emphasis on the inner well-being and health of everyone in the workforce. Rather than overworking to the point of burnout, Anti-Hustle inspires entrepreneurs to achieve success by working smarter, not necessarily harder.

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Everyday we’re hustlin’.

Somewhere along the way, having a good work ethic became synonymous with entrepreneurial hustle—and now people are expected to burn the candle at both ends and neglect their personal life to reach the pinnacle of their chosen industry.

To be honest, that sounds more like a nightmare than the American Dream. 

We believe it’s time to wake up from that old way of thinking about the entrepreneurial lifestyle. But how does one break free from Hustle Culture? What tools and resources are available to entrepreneurs looking to change their everyday narrative? Also, what is Hustle Culture? 

In this blog, Team 80 answers those questions and more. 

What is Hustle Culture?

Hustle culture refers to the relentless pursuit of money and power. It’s a pursuit that includes working relentlessly and continuously, regardless of the toll it takes on one’s health and personal life. And while the phrase “hustle culture” makes it sound aspirational, another way to put it is “burnout culture.”

Some say the idea of “hustling” rose to prominence thanks to a 2006 song by rapper Rick Ross.

However, the smart money says that the Great Recession of 2008 and the fact that life has grown excessively expensive is to blame for the never-ending work cycle for entrepreneurs. Especially for Millennials and Generation Z, there’s a prevailing thought that one must work long hours and start a side business to weather the rough economic times.

Hustle culture describes the incessant need for entrepreneurs to keep up with an ever-accelerating world. In this culture, entrepreneurs work an insane number of hours, up to 60 hours per week. And when they’re not working, entrepreneurs spend their off time thinking about work. It’s unsustainable and not conducive to a healthy life!

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What is the Anti-Hustle Culture Movement?

The world slowed down considerably during the height of the pandemic in 2020. Not only did office workers clock out and go home for an extended period, many decided not to go back in a phenomenon known as the Great Resignation. That event brought with it a wave of Anti-Hustle Culture, a growing disquiet among workers railing against long hours, and an off-kilter work-life balance.

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And within that movement came an opportunity for innovative minds to let their entrepreneurial spirit shine. As a result, anti-Hustle groups were founded, giving other entrepreneurs the resources necessary to reclaim their life without sacrificing all of the benefits inherent in a healthy measure of work hustle. Within the last few years, Anti-Hustle Groups have popped up on Facebook—The Anti-Hustle Club and The Anti-Hustle Academy, for example—with the expressed purpose of giving entrepreneurs the resources they need to avoid the pitfalls of Hustle Culture.

These groups are populated by entrepreneurs doling out advice—nuggets of wisdom, including how to fund an entrepreneurial project, gather human capital, network, and gain the education necessary to arm oneself with knowledge.  Back To Top

 

Let’s take a look at some of their secrets here:

How to Get Funding for Your Entrepreneurial Idea

Every year, we all gripe about having to hand over our hard-earned money to the government in the form of taxes—but did you know that certain government agencies are holding funds that they have to give to small businesses by law?

That’s right. Federal agencies with research and development (R&D) budgets that exceed $100 million are required to allocate a certain percentage of their funds. These funds, doled out in grants and other financial awards, are initiated through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA works with 11 specific government agencies, facilitating Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Netting funds via this process can be difficult, with plenty of hustle required, but once achieved, it releases you from the constant worry of disappearing cash.

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Government Agencies that Participate in SBIR/STTR

Innovative ideas that are also marketable run the gamut from environmentally-minded to defense-related. As such, the 11 federal agencies that participate in SBIR/STTR are just as varied as the innovative minds of entrepreneurs.

Here are the government departments that could fund your next big idea:

  1. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers grants to qualified small businesses supporting research related to scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture, particularly those that significantly benefit the public. 

  1. Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) engages with businesses, communities, universities, and workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved living standards. 

  1. Department of Defense 

The Department of Defense provides high-tech, small businesses with the opportunity to propose innovative research and development solutions in response to critical defense needs. 

  1. Department of Education

The Department of Education (ED) funds for-profit technology firms to research, develop, and evaluate commercially viable education technology products. 

  1. Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) selects topics spanning the fields of energy production and use, fundamental energy sciences, energy storage and security, environmental management, and defense nuclear nonproliferation.

  1. Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) seeks paradigm-shifting expertise that can be applied to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. 

  1. Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides qualified small business concerns with opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet specific homeland security research and development technology needs. 

  1. Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awards contracts to domestic small businesses working on research and development to solve the country’s transportation woes. 

  1. Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) searches for entrepreneurs who utilize innovative technologies in the stewardship of the environment, with the mission of protecting human health and the environment. 

  1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) inspires generations of geniuses to investigate impossibly far-away lands by funding the development of space-age technology. 

  1. National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) develops scientific and engineering innovations into products and services with a societal impact.

 

 

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Other Types Of Funding For Entrepreneurs 

Funding can come from a variety of sources outside of the federal government. Here are a few to keep in mind:

  • Crowdfunding. Online crowdfunding sites are all the rage these days. Used to assist businesses in raising money to launch a specific product, crowdfunding is also an excellent way to pre-sell while gathering capital to develop and build products.
  • Bank Loans. Also known as a line of credit, a bank loan requires proof that you have a history of paying back debt. You’ll also need to deliver a business plan, a financial forecast, and perhaps some collateral.
  • Angel Investors. These are high-net-worth individuals who receive an equity stake in return for financing. They are often profiteers who are business savvy and not afraid to share their knowledge with you. While they ultimately want your business to grow, angel investors are not shy about scrutinizing your business plan.
  • Venture Capital. Similar to angel investors, venture capitalists receive equity in exchange for financing. And like mutual funds, venture capital funds pool money together from an array of investors. This means you’ll likely have to cede some control and equity.

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What is Human Capital and the Gig Economy?

A business is only as good as the people it employs—this is true for small businesses, large enterprises, and everything in between. 

All of us possess intangible talents and traits that are not listed on a company’s balance sheet. These unquantifiable qualities are collectively known as Human Capital and include valuable assets such as intelligence and education, training and skills, health, loyalty, and punctuality. All of these qualities add up to equal Human Capital or the economic value of each worker. 

Human Capital is out there, in the workforce, waiting to be scooped up and utilized by employers. A massive amount of talent exists in the Gig Economy, a labor market full of independent contractors, online platform workers, contract firm workers, on-call workers, and temporary workers. 

Flexibility is inherent in the Gig Economy. Independent contractors choose the jobs they want to take on, often collecting multiple gigs at once. As a result, the Gig Economy makes valuable Human Capital more available to employers while giving workers the power to build an ideal work-life balance—it all comes together to fly in the face of Hustle Culture.

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Gig Economy Resources For Entrepreneurs

Whether you’re an independent contractor looking for work or a recruiter looking to fill a vital role, several companies have become a driving force of the Gig Economy. Here are a few companies ensuring the Gig Economy keeps chugging along. 

  • Fiverr: Fiverr.com was started in 2010 offers the opportunity for freelancers in just about any digital creative field to provide their services to a global marketplace.
  • Upwork: One of the largest freelance marketplaces trusted by millions of businesses, including Microsoft, Airbnb, and GoDaddy. Upwork serves both entry-level and experienced freelancers equally.
  • Freelancer: The world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, Freelancer.com connects 60 million employers and freelancers from 247 countries. 
  • TaskRabbit: Connecting people who need help with odd jobs and errands with local people who have the time and skills to do them, TaskRabbit offers flexible, local, one-off, or ongoing jobs to suit anyone’s schedule.  
  • Guru: Boasting hundreds of thousands of clients worldwide, $250 million paid to freelancers, and a high client satisfaction rate, Guru targets professionals rather than entry-level freelancers and offers paid memberships to help users rank higher on the site’s search results.

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Why Networking Is Crucial For Entrepreneurs?

Earlier in this article, we mentioned that “burnout culture” is a more straightforward way of describing the truth behind Hustle Culture. Burnout decimates creativity and stifles a small business’s ability to move beyond the initial stages of entrepreneurship and into the realm of paradigm-shifting success.  

Avoiding burnout will always be one of the top priorities of anyone making their way through the workforce—and networking is one of the best ways to soothe a flare-up of burnout.

A dynamic network of industry peers helps entrepreneurs learn about various topics from a global perspective. Populated by experts in multiple fields, counterparts in your chosen sector, and motivational individuals dispensing sage advice, a good networking connection opens entrepreneurs to a rich bastion of knowledge and opportunity. 

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Remember: you’ve yet to receive the best advice you’ll ever get. That valuable knowledge waits for you when you build a network of like-minded individuals. Here are the best ways for an entrepreneur to build a robust and beneficial network:

  1. Stay In Touch

You’ve already made the trek through schools and various places of employment—these stops along the way to your own business are dotted with people who can become valuable assets. They are your connection to new clients and customers, as well as potential team members. Keep these people in life through simple means: Drop them an email to check-in, engage with them on social media (in a positive way), send them a holiday card, or invite them to a networking meeting you plan on attending. 

 

  1. Organize or Attend a Meeting

Networking events are everywhere, even online in a virtual world. Plan to attend, volunteer, or organize a network meeting. These events bring all of the important, valuable minds into one place and encourage them to share their knowledge with other attendees. You’ll never know just how beneficial these networking events can be until you attend one! And to organize your own, check out some options on social media platforms, as well as helpful sites such as Meetup.com. 

 

  1. Get Your Name Out There

And finally, make yourself a valuable source of information. This will inspire people to seek you out. If you’re an entrepreneur, you hold a treasure trove of information to help others in your exact situation. Get your name out there by sitting on panels, speaking at public events, doing a podcast interview, or even starting your own podcast. You can also create an entrepreneurial-themed blog, publish articles in various trade publications, or, as mentioned earlier, plan a networking event of your own.

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Grow Your Entrepreneurial Leadership Skills Through Education

Skilling up expands your knowledge and equips you with the tools you need to become a thought leader in your field. Thought leaders offer unique guidance and inspire innovation based on their expertise and perspective built from years of continuing education. 

Often, those providing education for entrepreneurs were once new to their chosen field. They’ve been there, done that. So your best bet is to absorb their knowledge and apply it to your own anti-hustle lifestyle. 

Check out this handy list of 25 podcasts, books, and other resources for entrepreneurs!

 

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Accounting For Entrepreneurs: Stop Guessing & Know Your Numbers

Fighting the good fight as an entrepreneur is an endeavor that requires all of your attention. Throw in accounting, and you can quickly devolve into a new level of frazzled. Accounting is a daily task vital to your survival as a small business. But, unfortunately, the time it takes to do it right can take you away from other things that need your attention.

Partnering with an accounting firm is one of the most significant steps you can take in the Anti-Hustle Movement. Bookkeeping, monthly accounting, cash-flow forecasting, operational support, and even out-sourced CFO functionality are all enormous responsibilities—and Team 80 is not only highly skilled at these tasks, but it’s also why we’re here. So make the right choice in work-life balance and find out how you fit in with the crew at Team 80.

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Sarah Sinicki

Partner & Director of Business Development at Team 80 LLC

Sarah is a Colorado native and loves everything about our beautiful state. In her free time you can find her spending time with her husband, two kids and her Yorkie named Marley. She also enjoys paddle-boarding, riding her cruiser bike, and just hanging out with friends and family. Sarah is also an avid Colorado Avalanche fan, so if you ever want to talk about hockey, she’s your gal. As one of the Partners of Team 80, she certainly does have a passion for helping small businesses. She is able to apply her 20 years of experience to tailor an accounting solution for a business owner no matter what industry they might be in.

Been with Team 80: May 2008

Education
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Degree Name: BS
Field Of Study Accounting
Graduated: 1998

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