Did you know that more than 44 million Americans have side hustles?
That’s a huge number! But, when you think of the benefits of a side hustle, it’s no wonder so many Americans are doing it.
Side hustles can help you scratch your creative itch, give you extra spending money, or help you cut down on your debt. And if you’re lucky, your side hustles can even turn into your full-time job!
But, how do you start a side hustle, when you already feel like you’re hustling enough as it is? With a full-time job and other responsibilities, a side hustle may feel nearly impossible.
But, if you can carve out a little bit of time each day, a side hustle is actually a very manageable goal. Read on to learn how to start a side hustle while working a full-time job.
1. Pick an Idea and Test it Out
One of the biggest keys to successful side hustlers?
Instead of trying to make money doing a bunch of different random things, they pick one thing to focus on.
Think about it – who would you trust more taking your wedding photos? A side hustler with 50 weddings under their belt, or a side hustler who does the occasional wedding but is also a graphic designer/writer/hair stylist on the side?
Obviously, you’re going to go with the first niche option!
Luckily, picking an idea for your side hustle is pretty easy. All you need to do is make a list of some of the things you’re good at and have an interest in, and then find where there’s a need for it.
For example, let’s say you love playing the piano. You could create a side hustle as a teacher, wedding pianist, or bar performer.
Just make sure you choose something you really have an interest in, as this will keep you driven even when times get tough.
2. Develop and Launch Your Idea
You can’t become a side hustling photographer simply by telling people that’s what you are.
You need to move your plan into action. And while this may feel like a hefty undertaking, setting small goals along the way can help.
For example, you can say, “By Monday, I’ll have my photography portfolio put together. By the following week, I’ll have business cards to hand out.”
The key to successful side hustlers is taking action even before they feel ready, so don’t wait around for the “right” moment, because it doesn’t exist.
3. Get One Paying Customer
If someone is going to buy your product or service, they’ll want some assurance beforehand that what you’re offering is legit.
And the best way to do so is with references from former paying customers.
But how do you get that first paying customer, with no previous customers? It can be tricky, but it’s manageable. Talk to family and friends and see if you can offer them your product or service for free in exchange for a good review. And once you have a reference or two, price your product or service as if you’ve been in the business for awhile.
People are going to be suspicious of too good to be true pricing, so don’t sell yourself short!
How to Start a Side Hustle: Wrap Up
As you can see, starting a side hustle isn’t an impossible task, even if you have a full-time job.
And now that you know the basics of how to start a side hustle, you can dive in deeper with these top books for starting a profitable business!