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So You Think You Can Side Hustle?

Christmas around the corner, planning a vacation, eyeing new shoes–you could use some extra money. And I sympathize with you, I can benefit from more money too but we have to work for it!

November hosts National Entrepreneurship Month and I will prepare you to add the prestigious “e-word” to your many talents. Today’s post is the teaser; next week launches the dedicated series to entrepreneurship. There’s a catch though! Subscribe to my email newsletter to unlock the weekly content. This top-notch content will be delivered exclusively to you. So let’s get to it…

2018 will be a big year for me, including my wedding (ahhh!), but that also invites many more expenses. Putting in extra hours at work isn’t an option, nor is it desirable! I considered a few passionate side projects, and I started to monetize them! Next week, I’ll delve deeper into that topic. Today, I’ll present the general first steps in making that a reality for you!

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“Why”: Your Hustle’s Motivation

Embarking on a side business is no easy journey…nothing worth earning is really that easy! However, the most consoling thought is understanding your reason for the hustle. If your “9-5” is exhausting, chances are, you may skip out on your “5-9”. In reaching your entrepreneurial goals, motivation and passion are actually the keys. When “giving up” creeps into your thoughts, your “why” will be the reason for keeping up consistent, quality effort. Know your why and determining what to do will become easy.

In reaching your entrepreneurial goals, motivation and passion are actually the keys. Click To Tweet

Starting to Hustle

Before you start any work, conduct a mini “situation analysis”. Do you have an efficient workspace? What’s your workflow? Organization from the beginning will contribute to your long-term success. Keep a planner like this one, create a display calendar with outlined tasks, or use this simple checklist method. A prepared person will beat out a talented/lucky person any day.

I create new content in the morning and plan social media at night. This strategy keeps me consistent and focused. Believe it or not, “night owls” are not the only successful entrepreneurs. There’s this misconception that you have to work until 2 am or 3 am to be a “hard-working entrepreneur”. Working strategically and optimizing your free time, will set a path for success.

Your planning, not cramming, will yield results! Click To Tweet

Gaining Traction

Lastly, be prepared to start off small and grow with your audience/customer base. Your loyal first customers are family and friends. In time, their word-of-mouth marketing and your diligent promotion will grow your following. However, if you neglect that core group of supporters, your reach will not expand far at all. Shower them with appreciation, reward them, and ask them to share your services.

These are but a few key items to keep in mind when considering a side hustle. I challenge you to brainstorm a business idea, do a little research, set a schedule to work on it, and start inviting friends and family to help you build your audience. Next week, for starters, we’ll talk about that business idea.

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8 Replies to “So You Think You Can Side Hustle?”

  1. Great advice for starting a side hustle. It’ s so scary at first. And YES!!! You need to be so clear about your why. In my opinion, if you aren’t really clear about your why, you’ll give up when things get just a little bit tough.

  2. As with every new venture, you have to have the passion to succeed. A side hustle will only be for your benefit if you can commit a fraction of your free time to attend to it. Otherwise, you might just be following a trend, or it is just a passing fancy for you. No success in there.

    1. This is so true and I’m a culprit of it myself. I find myself trying something new with little interest and suddenly I’m no longer working on it and it’s back to my blog where my heart lies.

  3. I do exactly opposite to your strategy. I create content at night and plan social media during daytime as it makes it easier for me to multi-task. I completely agree with you, you need to have passion and clear goals to succeed. Waiting for your “Business Idea” post. 🙂

    1. You know, right after publishing this I started to dabble in nighttime content creation and it hasn’t been too bad! Haha but you should subscribe to the email for prompt updates on the new posts!

  4. Always wanted to side hustle, but not sure if I’m capable of it or just get distracted too easily… which is probably a good idea why I haven’t done it. I know I would need a clear plan, time and dedication!

    1. Once you get to that point of having a clear plan, time and the motivation, I have no doubt you’ll be unstoppable!

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