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Choosing Side Hustling Over Full-Time Entrepreneurship with Melinda Atkinson
Episode 135th April 2023 • Side Checks • Amy Schmidt
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Have a full time gig and a passion for entrepreneurship? Side Checks is all about having your cake and eating it too. In this episode, I am chatting with wedding photographer, Melinda Atkinson, all about balancing a business and a full-time career. Melinda works full time as an Assistant Principal in NYC schools and is a mom of two while running her wedding photography business

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In this episode, Melinda shares her expertise on balancing life and work and her reasoning for not pursuing full time entrepreneurship. Hear all about Melinda’s journey starting her business, utilizing time off to grow her business, and how she’s brought her photography passion into the classroom. 

  • How Melinda grew her business during summers off as a teacher
  • Why Melinda chooses to be a side hustler instead of full-time
  • Where career fulfillment is found
  • Career shifts and where career unhappiness stems from
  • Pursuing multiple side hustles

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Wanna dive deeper into wedding photography or balancing a full-time career with entrepreneurship? Connect with Melinda on Instagram here or visit Melinda’s website at


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