Tips for Starting a Side Hustle
Everyone’s circumstances are different when it comes to starting a side hustle. Some of us have full-time jobs and just want to supplement our incomes, while others are trying to leave their full-time jobs for their passions. Everyone’s story is different.
Nonetheless, the tips for starting a side hustle below, whether you work in basement waterproofing in Stow, OH or in an office in New York City, will help you do the one thing you’ve been wanting to do, which is start your side hustle.
“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” — Lemony Snicket
That’s definitely the case when it comes to your side hustle, so make this the year you finally started.
Do one thing today that’s for your side hustle. Tomorrow, do another. And then another the next day after that. In time, you will have built a habit for working on your side hustle.
You’ve done the planing and you have an idea of what you want to do, whether it’s writing, photography, or digital marketing. Now, you need to start. Write that first blog post. Pitch your first client. Name your business. Do something to start today, no matter how big or small.
Take the pressure off
Your side hustle should be something you enjoy and want to do. However, we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves, especially when we’re trying to succeed. This pressure can lead to stress which can affect many areas of our lives.
How can we take the pressure off?
For starters, you can make your side hustle a side hustle. Don’t make it your main focus. Your job (the one that pays the bills and you’ve worked so hard to get) should continue to be the main focus. You shouldn’t rely on your side hustle to pay all the bills. Don’t put too much work into your side hustle because that can lead to side hustle burnout.
It’s easier said than done, but enjoying the process and having realistic expectations for your side hustle can help to make the biggest impact when it comes to taking the pressure off and not feeling overwhelmed from balancing more than one job.
Come up with a plan and take action
Your plan can also help to take the pressure and stress off. However, it’s important to create a plan that’s realistic, one you can actually stick to, even when life happens.
The reason why so many resolutions and goals fail is because we put crazy expectations on ourselves to succeed and also come up with plans when we’re at an all-time high in the motivation department, and therefore make unrealistic plans.
Come up with a realistic plan and take action. That’s how you start your side hustle business, whether your current job is primary healthcare in Hillsboro, OR or physical therapy in Colorado Springs, CO.
Take yourself and your business seriously
Even if you’re only doing it a couple hours a week, you have to take your side hustle seriously. While this goes against taking the pressure off and possibly setting up unrealistic expectations, you still need to take your side hustle work seriously. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to be enjoyable and passion-filled. It just means you’re going to treat your side hustle like it’s important and a priority in your life.
Doing so will help others take you seriously and show friends, family members, etc., that you mean business with your side hustle business. You never know, it could even lead to your first client.
Do what works for you
There are an endless amount of tips self-proclaimed gurus and experts will preach when it comes to a side hustle, such as never working for content mills or low-paying clients.
Unfortunately, not everyone lands high-paying clients or steady work right away. Some people have a larger safety net than others so they can afford to wait for the bigger fish.
Everyone is different and everyone’s path is different. That’s why it’s important to do what works for you.
We hope these tips help you get your side hustle started. Above all else, enjoy the process and this new journey you’re about to take.