When you’re looking into starting up a side-hustle, one of the first things to consider is this project is something you’ll be putting time and energy into outside of work. This means your side-hustle has to be something at least tangentially in line with your interests because you’re not going to find much motivation to see it through otherwise. If you’re into collectibles, for instance, and find yourself buying nick-knacks from flea markets quite often, you might want to consider selling what you find on online marketplaces such as eBay or Dubizzle. Once you get into the hang of things, you could consider running a store online. Starting small and then responding to the demand you find will help you develop your idea.
Have you always been a gifted writer? Do you have a lot of experience in a certain sector or industry? Tapping into your existing skills can make a massive difference when it comes to deciding what you want to pursue as a side-hustle. For instance, if you’re good at writing, you may want to consider pursuing this freelance. Not only will the steady flow of jobs ensure you’re earning some money on the side, it’s also the type of project that is likely to improve your own skills as a writer, making it exactly the type of win-win situation you need. If you have a lot of experience in a subject area, such as coding, for instance, you can choose to tutor in your spare time for the sake of an additional income.
We know: suggesting thinking about your personal brand may seem a lot more Kim Kardashian than most of us with regular jobs may think we require. Despite the associations we make with personal branding nowadays, it is crucial to think about for the longevity of your career and the work-related goals we set for ourselves. If you’re working in the sports industry, for instance, you may want to consider setting up a Twitter account to curate articles on the matter you find interesting and then start developing a blog of your own to promote your interests. While it may take time, a little persistence and passion go a long way to develop a social presence, and when things start picking up speed, you’ll have access to opportunities you may not even be aware of right now.
Finally, before you decide to commit to planning and executing a side hustle, make sure you get the go-ahead from your manager to ensure you aren’t personally liable for anything. Review your employment contract and speak to a trusted mentor so you have the moral support and legal freedom to pursue your side-projects. A little patience and some hard work consistently applied will get you a pretty long way.
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