If building a side hustle is #1 on your list of things to do, now is a great time to be thinking about:
- How do you even start a side hustle?
- What should you be doing?
- What should you be thinking about?
Let’s break down the 6 steps to getting started so you can build an income stream doing something you love.
1. Think about your why.
What is driving this need to build something of your own? Get super clear on your motivations for doing this because it’ll help inform what you do as a side hustle. And it will also serve as a reminder for why you are doing this on those difficult days when it gets to be too much. And trust me, those days will happen.
- Are you unhappy with your day job and want to add something that fulfills you?
- Do you love your 9-5, but you are feeling called to do more?
- Do you want to get rid of debt or start a travel fund?
I find that most of us start a side hustle for one of three reasons. Either we want to earn extra income, pursue a passion or start a business in a low-risk way. Which one sounds more like you? What is YOUR why?
2. What can you do as a side hustle?
I love this exercise from my coach, Michelle Ward: set a timer for 15 minutes and brainstorm 10 things you can do as a side hustle. If it helps, think about something that others will pay you $50 an hour to do. Or something your friends ask you for help with all the time. Think about a bunch of options you can pursue as a side hustle. Then put the list away for a day or so. Review the list again and pick 1-2 things that you are most excited to pursue. And then figure out what that offering looks like.
Here are some ideas:
- Starting a blog and monetizing it through ads or affiliate marketing.
- Taking the skills from your day job and offering it as a service to a different market.
- Selling digital or physical products online.
3. Make time to work on your side hustle.
This is often the biggest struggle when it comes to starting a side hustle: finding the time. I encourage you to reframe it as making time. To start, get clear on all of the commitments in your life. If it helps, grab a calendar and write down a list of everything on your plate. Then see what’s leftover. And what is realistic in terms of how much time you can spend every week. Is it an hour every morning or evening? Is it a couple of hours on the weekend? Here are some other ideas to keep in mind.
4. Start putting your offer out there into the world.
Take on a guinea pig client or two. See how that process goes. Where can you make changes? Where does something need to change? Is this an offer that makes sense? Tweak it if needed, and then put it back out into the world. Tell your friends about it, share it on social media, and start working on the plan. As you continue working on your offer and in your business, you’ll start getting clearer on what you should do next.
5. Celebrate the baby steps.
Starting a side hustle is no small feat. You are choosing to add something to your life that will take time away from other things and this may feel super scary. It’ll bring up all types of fear and impostor syndrome. But it will also teach you so much about yourself. And this is why you should celebrate. Every time you take action even if it’s attending a workshop, or sharing an image of what you are doing on social media, pat yourself on the back. These small wins done consistently can lead to big wins.
6. Make time for self-care.
Managing a side hustle and a day job is not easy. It can be extremely rewarding and make you feel like you are living a more fulfilled life. But you will find days where your motivation is waning for your day job, side hustle or both. And to combat that, and not fall into burnout, it’s important to build self-care into your routine. To do this, determine what types of things you need to fill up your cup and do them with some regularity. It could be as simple as reading before bed (this is me!) or having time with your friends, or working out. Whatever it is, build it into your schedule so that you can fill up your cup as you go.