Master Your Side Hustle
Everyone wants to have a side hustle to earn a couple more bucks. How?
In this age where there are many different opportunities out there for anything, earning money has become easier. People are now working different jobs at the same time.
Sometimes they do it because they have to, or do it because they want more income on their hands. Either way, the idea is to increase your income, and finding the way to do so is always hard.
There are many hardships to finding a side hustle and actually doing it both in terms of opportunities and time. When you are looking for an extra income, you either want to add up to your 9–5, which becomes hard to find the time to establish a routine for a side hustle.
That is true; having a concrete side hustle along with your 9 to 5 could be extremely exhausting and daunting at times. Nevertheless, you must remember that you will have a substantial increase in your income once you get going.
How do you find the right hustle for you, and how do you get started? Once you do, how do you master it? These are some of the most asked questions about side hustles.
What is a side hustle?
A side hustle is literally anything that you do besides your job and brings you an extra income every month. This could be something small like doing surveys on the web for a couple of bucks or dropshipping, content writing, or working for another company remotely with a few hours a day on the clock.
The good thing about this is that you do not work as much as your 9 to 5 job and you only spend maybe an hour a day or 10 hours a week, totally up to you. You can choose how many side hustles you want to do, how much you want to earn, and who you work with.
All this, for many people, does not come with your 9 to 5. You also minimize the financial risk you might have if something were to happen to your 9 to 5. There are actually many good things about having a side hustle.
“All dreams are within reach. All you have to do is keep moving towards them.” — Viola Davis
How do you get started?
Getting started with a possible side hustle you want to do is all about you and your ideas. It would help if you determined what you want to do. Content writing, dropshipping, designing, coding, UI/UX design? What talent do you have? What kind of marketable skills do you possess? Evaluate this first.
This could be something related to your 9 to 5 job. For example, I know a lot of people who use their coding skills for good use and do some additional work to earn extra money outside of their work times.
If you do not possess a marketable skill, start learning one. Try and figure out what you like first and then move towards that skills. I will explain this in detail in the upcoming chapters.
If you do have marketable skills, try utilizing a freelancing website out on the web to find some clients, use Facebook groups, message people on social media like LinkedIn, or find one of the other hundreds of ways to create an environment where you can sell this skill.
What are some most popular side hustles?
Maybe you could use some inspiration from popular things on the market right now that people are looking for freelancers. Maybe that’s how you can see something you can work for. It never hurts to see what the market is looking for.
Some of the most popular side hustles are copywriting, social media marketing, UI/UX design, graphic & design, video editing, lifestyle coaching, SEO, website design, and so many more related to technology.
You can search for the popular side hustles on the internet from any freelancing websites and see how they sell their services the most in which area. The most important thing is to utilize the web to see what people are doing.
“It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst that can happen is that you become memorable.” — Sara Blakely
How do you learn and excel at it?
This might be one of the most important things in this article. How do you actually learn a skill and excel at that skill once you learn it? This is a bit tricky because it requires some upfront work and hours spent.
Just like with everything, you need to be patient and know what you are looking for in general. You are not going to start earning money out of this skill in the first couple of months or in the first six months.
You need to lay the foundations of your skill so that no one can doubt you can do this job for them. For this, you need either certifications or references, but in my experience, references are way stronger than certifications. If you have good reviews or people to back you up, they are worth more than a lot of certifications.
What many people do (and that’s what I did, too) is that I work with some people for free to showcase what I can do. Sometimes those customers even turned into paying customers, and sometimes they ended up putting in a review, and this attracted other new customers that are willing to pay for your skills.
After this comes the upgrading of your skills part. You upgrade what you do by actually practicing it. I do copywriting in my free time as a side hustle, and you encounter so many different topics while you are working as a copywriter. There is no way you can know all of these topics by studying them.
By working with different people, cultures, and topics, you gather the necessary information and experience to be more experienced and increase your prices. This is the best way to get better. References and then working towards those references with new clients to get better.
How do you master it?
Like everything else, becoming an expert on something does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of time. Once you start going and get success, all you need to do is just let it ride.
See where your efforts are going and learn on the way. You are supposed to make mistakes, no matter how successful you are. Learn from those mistakes, and talk to like-minded people to see how they do things. Figure out what works and what doesn’t.
Once you figure these little things out, you will become the master of your side hustle, and if you are extremely passionate about it, you can turn it into your full-time job. All you need to do is stop worrying and start doing.
Adding extra working hours on top of your tiring 9 to 5 is always hard. You will have no energy and willingness to work many times, and you will want to quit even before starting.
However, if you really want a happy life where you do not have to worry about money and become financially independent in a few years and have no fear of losing your job, you have to get out of your comfort zone and find yourself things to make money.
It all starts with creating another source of income to fuel your wants or passive income sources. Sides hustles are the perfect way for them, but you have to learn and master them before earning money.
Figure it out yourself as you go, focus on mastering it. You will see an exponential increase in your capabilities for earning money.