How & Why to Start a Side Hustle


side hustleEvery business must start somewhere. For many, side hustles are a way to make extra cash, for others they develop from a hobby or passion they have, and for the very few who are courageous enough, they start a side hustle with the intention of making it their full-time job and a business. Regardless of what result you want to see from your side hustle, it still needs a plan and a place to start.

Before you go and read a bunch of Pinterest articles on side hustles and monetizing your current activities, you need to accept one thing that many bloggers & articles forget to mention, you need to dedicate a scheduled amount of time. I guess people expect that to be a natural instinct but it is not.

Get a Planner

I purchase planners based on the school year, and I usually get ones that have each week outlined. First you need to determine your current schedule. If you are in school when are your classes, labs and study periods. When are you setting time aside for assignments? Do you work a part-time job? How many hours do you pick up each week? Are they the same or different? Note all these patterns and expected days in your planner.

The next step is to determine how much time you want to spend on your side hustle, and where this time fits into your schedule. You can plan this for as far in advance as you know. Schedules change, and so will the time you dedicate to your side hustle.

They key to making your side hustle successful and possibly making into a full-time or even part-time job, is having a schedule, and treating it like a job. Setting goals, planning, and keeping up to date. You need to dedicate actual time to start to see actual results. If you start your side hustle and just treat it like a casual hobby, you will see the results of just that.

A Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career

If your side hustle is not meant to become your full-time job, it can definitely increase your chances of getting a full-time dream job, therefore you should be taking it serious. There are three main ways you can advance your career with a side hustle to convince you why you should start one.

  1. Learning to Optimize Your Time – Since you are running on a schedule, and a very tight one at that, since you either are in school full-time or work full-time, you will quickly learn how to use your time wisely. This is one of the most important skills employers look for when they are for when they try to fill any position.
  2. Mastering the Art of Multitasking – Little things will come up here and there between a main project, or anything else can pop up. If you can manage your time, multitask and handle it all in a timely manner it will look great in your interview, and first few weeks at work. Since you basically have to do everything on your own when you run your side hustle, you will easily learn how to multitask, and in a very efficient way.
  3. Expanding Your Set of Skills – When you run a side hustle you will have to learn how to do everything on your own to cut costs. Therefore your skills will expand and you will gain practical and real life experience. These skills will be a great asset to you when you apply for your dream job, and even answer questions in the interview. It will prove to your potential employer that you are versatile and ready to learn anything that comes your way.

Side hustles are a great way to expand your horizons, make some extra cash, help you get your dream job, or eventually leave your day job and become your own boss. The most important thing to take away from this article is that you should always plan, and take your side hustle seriously. It is not as easy at is seems, and with constant persistence and hard work you will succeed.

Do you have a side hustle? Are you considering opening a side hustle? What helps to keep you on track and growing at the rate you want to?

  1. August 27, 2015 by Georgie

    I had no idea these sorts of things were actually called ‘side hustles’. I was planning one – a subscription box service! It does require a lot of planning and although I have been thinking about it for at least four months, all I have is lists and lists of resources, ideas, and other things. I have enjoyed that part of the process though, and I try hard not to think about how huge it’ll be or that I will be successful from it. It was out of a hobby that I thought about it, and even if I make the tiniest of profits I will still enjoy what I am actually doing. It is also because of time that that has not gone ahead.

    Web design started as a side hustle for me until I became more interested in finding a job in the area. It’s a bit strange that it worked out that way haha.

    • August 31, 2015 by Domenica

      I’ve seen the term so many times on Pinterest. I guess side-gig is another term. Sort of like a part time job. I’ve always been interested since I started working, since I felt that hours I could pick up still leave time in my schedule (and did in the past as well).

      The subscription box would sound neat! If I were you I would do a presale to see how many people you get invested in it. Then determine if it would be worth it. Seems like a lot of work. I am finishing my portfolio upgrade this week, I want to try and get some projects while I am in university to get my portfolio and possibly a side job off of its feet.

      It is funny how something we did for fun has become a career path. But that is the beauty of side hustles. You can easily find your passions and strengths by exploring and trying different side-hustles.

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