How To Start A Side Hustle

You've probably heard people talk about having a 'side hustle,' and may be wondering what it means or if you should start one. The answer is absolutely, positively, YES!

So, what is a side hustle? 

 
A side hustle is a way to make some extra cash that allows you flexibility to pursue what you are most interested in.
— Entrepreneur.com.
 

Why is it called a side hustle? Because the person who owns the business also works a 9-5 job. There are many reasons why people start a side business. The most common motivation for becoming a side hustler include:

  • To make extra income
  • Learn new skills 
  • Prepare for an alternate career path
  • Work towards being your own boss.

Whatever the reason, having a side hustle has great benefits for the side hustler.

You may be wondering what qualifies as a side hustle - any kind of service that people are willing to pay money for. If you like to bake, offer to bake pastries for an ocassion and get paid for it. If you are a writer - start a freelance service and help people edit their work or coach them through writing an essay, project/dissertation or a book. The possibilities are endless - the goal is to take stock of your skills and look for legit ways to monetize them.

What if I don't work a 9-5, can I have a side hustle? Well technically, that would be a small business - which is also a great idea. If your job search is taking longer than usual, starting a small business/or freelancing is a great way to generate income for yourself.

Okay, I am interested. What do I need to do? 

Start with what you do best. What are you good at? Get out a piece of paper and make a list?  i.e. writing, numbers, design, sales, baking, tutoring, sewing...etc... you get the idea. Write down everything you can think of - nothing is off limits. 

Time to narrow down the list. You may be able to do a number of tasks, but which one do you enjoy doing? Running a side hustle alongside a 9-5 is no easy task. Chances are you will be attending to your side business after a long day at work. Therefore, it is important to make your side hustle something you enjoy doing.

What if people don't want what I have to offer? On the surface, that might seem like a legit question, but there are ways around this. For instance, when I decided to start making money off my blog, I initially thought about career coaching. I wanted to find out if this was something people were interested in, so I wrote a blog post which included a survey asking people what they needed help with. Their response to the survey made me realize that while people were interested in careers, they were more interested in how to generate income for themselves. This was interesting as I had recently decided to get serious with a side hustle and was already in the process of rebranding my blog. So it made sense for me to share my journey and decision to start a side hustle on the blog. The best way to determine if people are interested in your services or product is to ask them.

Another way to determine your offerings is to think about what tasks or activities people usually come to you with. Do they ask you for help with writing, baking, fashion design, tutoring? Chances are with a little structure, you will be able to charge a fee for the advice and direction you are providing to people for free.

I hope this post has sparked something in you. Whether it be a desire to generate more income for your self by starting a side hustle, or deciding to start a business, there is no time better than the present to begin generating income for yourself.

So, let me hear your thoughts. Do you have a side hustle? Are you a small business owner? Would you rather just stick to a 9-5 schedule? Let's hear it in the comments.

Professionally yours,

WSN