Side Checks Podcast

Implementing Systems Into Your Side Hustle

May 10, 2023

I'm Amy! I'm a small business educator who got hooked on entrepreneurship after starting a cleaning business in college. Since my Clorox days, I've built many businesses. I've sold businesses. And I've helped small business owners do the same.


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Why Systems Are A Must For Any Side Hustle

When it comes to operating a side hustle or any part-time business, systems are a must! Systems allow you to get and stay organized, streamline your business and avoid the overwhelming feeling. With systems, you can develop your business to scale and operate it much easier on a weekly basis.

In this episode, I am diving in with my good friend Taryn Rachelle of The Social Lifestyle Co to talk about business systems for side hustlers. Taryn gives so many great tips on developing systems for your business, what to avoid, and where to begin. This is an episode, you don’t want to miss!

Taryn Rachelle and The Social Lifestyle Co.

Taryn Rachelle is the CEO and Founder of The Social Lifestyle Co and host of She Can Systemize Podcast. She is systems obsessed and on a mission to help the Wedding, Event and many other industries learn how to love and implement systems in their business! From Dubsado, to automating your business with Zapier, systems truly are Taryns jam and if they are not yours, that is what The Social Lifetyle Co. team are here for!

Systems Vs. System Tools

One of the first things Taryn walks us through inside this episode is the difference between systems and system tools. Taryn explains that a systems is a process (usually automated) inside your business that allows you to complete tasks with more organization and structure. And a system tool is the tool in which you can implement a system.

Examples of system tools would be programs such as Dubsado, Trello, and Zapier. These tools allow you to build systems inside your business. However, it’s important to note that they are not the system itself. These are only the tools and it is up to the business owner to use the tools to create and implement sustaining systems.

If you’re looking to organize and implement systems for your business, let me help! You can download my Free Trello Board Business Template right here. This free template will allow you to organize your business, scheduling, client management, finances, and more.

How Systems Can Optimize Your Side Hustle

In this episode, I ask Taryn how systems can side hustlers truly optimize systems for their business. And she gives us so many good methods.

  • Save time running your business
  • Automated or eliminate process repetition
  • Save money in labor hours
  • Earn more income

The first method Taryn explains is the ability systems have to save time. And as side hustlers, saving time is key. When you have limited time to operate your business, any time savings is amplified and can be used to reinvest back into your business.

Systems can allow your side hustle time savings through automation and the elimination or process repetition. When our systems are automated, they operate without us lifting a finger. And when our systems are built to help us eliminate steps, or make them extremely lean, this helps reduce time as well.

Other ways your side hustle can be optimized through systems is by saving money and earning more income. When we decrease labor hours, we can save actually save our business money. Explore by $9 Business Budget Spreadsheet to help with this!

Systems can also earn us more income through implementing automated lead magnets, automatically highlighting our products and services, and introducing affiliate income inside your processes.

Where We Get Systems Wrong

After hearing so many good things systems can do inside our business, I was curious on where we go wrong. And Taryn has a great perspective on this!

Taryn explains that one way business owners go wrong with systems is by overcomplicating things. In efforts to streamline our businesses, we can sometimes overthink our systems and implement too complicated of workflows that don’t actually make progress inside our business.

Another example Taryn gives for this is not implementing systems at the beginning of our business. Taryn explains that no matter if your side hustle is just starting out and if you have extra time, you still need to apply systems to your business. This proactive approved will only set you up for more success as your business grows.

How Side Hustlers Can Get Started With Systems

Creating systems for your side hustle can be a game changer. It can save you time, money, and organize your business for more progress and productivity. Learn more about progress and productivity inside my Free Workshop: Life-Proof Your Side Hustle. And Taryn gives us great tips on how to get started with applying systems to our business.

Begin mapping what happens within your business. Working step by step, walk through the operations of your business from start to finish. This can include client management and admin management (non-client work).

From here, we want to begin observing what systems tools we can use to optimize workflow and save time. Dubsado is a fantastic tool for Client Management. You can send invoices, contracts, proposals, and track new leads all in one place. Click here and get 20% off your first month or year of Dubsado.

You can also use free tools like Trello to organize files, workflows, scheduling, and your tasks. Download my Free Trello Business Board Template here to get started!

And to audit any and all systems you have in place, Taryn has a free resource for you! Download Taryn’s Free Systems Audit Checklist right here. This checklist will allow you to observe your new system and ensure you have all the pieces of the puzzle to help organize your business.

Resources From The Episode

Connect with Taryn Rachelle by visiting You can also follow Taryn on Instagram for more systems tips and tricks.

The Social Lifestyle Co. also has strategy intensives for anyone looking for quick wins and to optimize their systems. You can browse all services right here.

Are you looking for a creative side hustle idea? I have 97 of them! Download my free list of 97 Creative (and profitable) Side Hustle Ideas right here. This list is way better than what you will find through a Google search….

I'm Amy Schmidt

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I'm a small business cheerleader, strategist, and course creator who loves seeing others earn income in unconventional ways. I started a cleaning business in college and have side hustled since, selling my latest part-time business for $151,000.


I'm Amy Schmidt, your new business strategist!

I'm a small business development and sales strategist who loves seeing others earn income in unconventional ways. I started a cleaning business in college and have side hustled since, selling my latest part-time business for $151,000

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