Looking to learn a new skill or earn some extra cash? If you have the time, finding a side hustle is a great way to do those two things.
Taking on a side hustle comes with many benefits:
- An opportunity to explore a new field or industry
- A chance to grow your personal network
- Practical experience
- Extra cushion for your savings account
Take these steps to find yourself a side hustle that fills your heart with joy and your bank account with zeros:
Determine Your Area of Expertise
First things first. What skill(s) do you have that you can monetize? As the number of outsourced jobs continues to grow across almost every industry, so do your chances of having a skill that other people will pay you for. If you don’t know where to start, think of the things that you love to do the most, and then think of a way to monetize them.
For example, if you love cycling, you may consider delivering for Uber Eats as a side hustle. Love social media? Consider reaching out to small businesses to help them with their online presence. Don’t be afraid to get creative here. Trust me, if professional cuddlers exist, you can monetize your hobby.
Build Your Brand
Once you’ve decided what you’re going to do as your side hustle, it’s time to brand yourself. Whether it’s walking dogs or tutoring, it’s important to present yourself in a way that makes potential customers remember you.
A great LinkedIn bio, a strong Facebook page for your business, or even a creative business card can do the trick. Remember to be professional and try to make the value that you can bring to potential customers as clear as possible.
Tell All Your Friends
Not sure where to find your first customer? Start with your friends and family! Post a status, call or text those close to you, and email all close professional contacts to let them know of the services you’re offering. This is the easiest way to set the wheels in motion as well as gain referrals.
Put Yourself Out There
Beyond your friends and family, you really have to put yourself out there in order to let the world know what you have to offer. Join Facebook groups pertaining to your area of expertise, go to local networking events, and attend seminars. Building a strong professional network is essential to growing your side business, and you never know who you’re going to meet!
Now that you’ve got your clients, it’s time to get to work. Yes, having a side hustle is liberating, but that doesn’t mean it’s always going to be easy. As your brand’s sole ambassador, it is imperative that you do your best and deliver high-quality work every single time. Provide great service, gather testimonials, and collect customer contact info so that you can update them on promotions or new service offerings later on.
Now that you’ve got your side hustle, it’s important that you manage your time! Read this post for tips on how technology can help you stay on top of your schedule.