What It's About
A Dubai accountant crunches numbers and drops rhymes.
Words of Wisdom
Jamil had some great advice for anyone looking to start a side hustle of their own: "You must work on your branding before you offer your service. Just like how you've got to dress to impress in the morning before you go out to meet clients.
Making sure your followers are your target audience is crucial. That is why I would say start by creating a logo, mission statement, website and social media look/vibe that will attract your target audience before anyone else."
This certainly isn't Jamil's first side hustle! During his time spent at university in Halifax, Nova Scotia he launched a video game tournament hosting company by the name of Coliseum Gaming.
Notes from Chris
I have been going to Dubai and Abu Dhabi every year at least once since 2008. In what other place can you go to an indoor ski lodge at a mall…when the temperature outside is more than 100 degrees? It’s a strange place in that way and other ways. Today’s story takes us to Dubai, but there isn’t any skiing. Instead, there’s poetry. We’ll meet the managerial accountant who sets up a series of workshops and poetry slams, earning $1,000 each month doing something he cares about. Not really trying to make a living from it, but pursuing a hobby that happens to pay him...in other words, a side hustle. Jamil Adas is a managerial accountant at Qurum Business Group (QBG) which specializes in staffing solutions in various industries. He’s originally Palestinian, born in Canada, but has lived in Dubai most of his life. Dubai Poetics is the name of his Side Hustle. He’s building a community of poetry lovers in the Middle East by organizing poetry workshops (both written and spoken word) as well as performances. Jamil had written some poetry himself and wanted to start a poetry blog. However, he wasn't confident about his work and felt shy, so he created a blog under an anonymous name. He came to realize that there are probably a lot of other people with mutual feelings about their work, so he set out to create an intimate, safe and (definitely) cool platform for people to express themselves. He says that people are interested in feeling part of something noble and authentic. Poetry is an art form that has not been taken seriously in the Middle East recently, but he’s working on changing that with Dubai Poetics, his spoken word poetry workshops. Between the organizational commitments and the individual payments, this is adding up to $1,000 a month on a regular basis: not enough to retire on, but definitely real money built on a meaningful mission.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Dubai Poetics: Learn more about Jamil's poetry movement on his website!
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