There was a comment in a recent post that touched on the difficulty some may have in starting a side hustle while having a day job. There are some industries which frown upon having a side gig, and require certain approval to start freelancing.
With that said, there are many that encourage having a side hustle which is great because we all want to make extra money, right?! Given that you’re reading this I’ll venture to guess that you do. 🙂 So, if you’d like to start a side hustle and you work in an industry that is fine with it I thought I’d share some ways to do so – even if you’re busy at your day job.
Start a Side Hustle in Your Free Time
This is a no-brainer, I know, but many believe they can’t start a side hustle because they have little free time. I admit, this can be easier said than done at times and I’ve definitely felt this way myself, especially when I first set up my blog and became an online entrepreneur. However, if you’re wanting to make extra money it is possible to run a successful side gig when you want it bad enough.
This will mean you’ll be dealing with competing interests, so it requires discipline. It can mean waking early in the morning before going to work or staying up late. This does mean sacrifice is required, but starting a side hustle (and one that is hoping to be successful) will require sacrifice.
Look for Professional Organizations to Join
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s look at the more practical ways of starting a side hustle. Depending on the industry you’re in, there’s likely going to be a number of professional organizations you can join. These can range from leads groups to honest to goodness professional organizations.
This does somewhat fly in the face of managing your time, but these can be great sources of potential clients for your side hustle. Personally speaking, there are a wide number of different organizations in the creative and marketing industry. Many of these individuals are either looking for freelancers to hire things out to or have their own side hustle.
My suggestion is to be purposeful about the ones you do join and don’t pay too much in terms of membership fees. These organizations can be great as you start your hustle and going forward as you continue to meet others.
Look for Things You’re Already Good At
The common theme you’re seeing is that balancing a side hustle while having a day job can be a challenge in regards to time. In light of that, don’t reinvent the wheel with your side gig but look for things you’re already good at and monetize them. These can be as simple as hobbies like photography or making crafts to skills you already have like writing articles, website testing or website design.
The main purpose behind this is you want to be efficient with your time so you can maximize money-making opportunities. One of the worst things you can do is start a side hustle that isn’t efficient because an inefficient side hustle just makes it harder for you to make money and easier to give up.
Take on New Challenges at Work
I thought this was an article about starting a side hustle? It is, but a big key to doing so is looking for opportunities – wherever they may lie. Your employer, assuming they’re aware and ok with you having a side hustle, can be a great source of opportunity. How do you do this? It can be quite simple really; when you’re asked to take on a new project or when you see an opportunity to try something new, take it!
Why would you do this? You would do it because it can potentially allow you to learn more skills that you can turn around and monetize for your side gig in the future. Just make sure you don’t go after your employer’s client after doing so. 😉
What challenge did you face with starting your side hustle while working in a 9-5 job? How do you manage your time to maximize money making opportunities?
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