If you’re interested in starting a side hustle, be sure to check out these posts to help you prep the foundation for side hustle success…these are steps to take to ensure that your side hustle is a priority.
1. Know your why…why do you want to start a side hustle?
2. Set a SMART goal…when will you know that you’re successful?
3. Establish a focused block of time, time you can use to focus 100% on your side hustle work.
Without a clearly defined goal or a focused block of time, a side hustle might be something you try to fit in amidst other tasks in your day…and that might mean you never get to it because you’re busy and have lots to do.
Side hustling is MUCH easier when you know exactly why you’re working on your side hustle (and when) because your side hustling becomes a priority, something you want to put effort into to improve some aspect of your life.
Side hustling is also MUCH easier when you leverage either a strength or an experience (or perhaps both!).
Identifying Your Strengths
Everyone has either something they’re good at or something they enjoy. That’s your strength. It’s the thing you know you can always fall back on.
Are you a pet lover?
Do you love helping others?
Are you an organized person?
Do you cook or bake?
Grab a piece of paper now and make a list of all the things you enjoy and the things that you think you do well. It doesn’t have to be extensive — the cream always rises to the top, so whatever comes to mind first, write it down and trust that what you’ve written is a list of strengths. I’m sure you can come up with far more than one strength, so write ’em all down.
You might be a well-organized pet lover. Wonderful!
You might love baking cookies for community fundraisers. Excellent!
I happen to LOVE networking…I love connecting with and helping others. Wherever there might be an opportunity to connect two people, I try to bridge the divide.
Your strengths are someone else’s weaknesses, so your strengths represent opportunities to start a side hustle.
Review Your Work Experience
No matter your level of experience, you have work experience you can leverage for your side hustle. Whatever industry you’ve worked in, from retail to medical to sales to law, you can take those experiences and start a side hustle.
For example, one consultant who recently completed our online digital marketing training program is leveraging her experience working in a medical office by providing digital marketing consulting to two medical offices in her area. With her understanding of the needs of a medical office, it was easier for her to speak to those needs when pitching her side hustle services.
What experiences can you leverage to start your side hustle?
Take a look at your resume. Where have you worked? What industries have you worked in? What work did you enjoy most?
With your background, you can make your side hustle focused on reaching one industry that you have experience with because you can speak to the needs of that industry. Regardless of what your work experience entails, you can find a need in an industry that aligns with your strengths.
Once you identify the experiences you have that you can lean on and the industry you could work in, you can make your side hustle focused on the needs of your potential clients.
Everyone needs help with something and that something is likely to align with a strength of yours! And you’re very likely to encounter MANY individuals who need your help because of the MANY strengths and experiences you have.
With your goal in mind, consider this must-watch TEDx Talk from Jullien Gordon about leveraging your experiences to create multiple streams of income via side hustling.