I work with clients who are ready to make a career change, start a business, or leave the corporate world. However, sometimes, making a change isn’t an option, or there are other reasons for staying at a job (they may like what they do, timing, benefits, etc.) That’s when we may discuss a side hustle.
A side hustle is something you can consider starting while you are still employed. It can provide an additional source of income. and allows you to explore your passion or a business idea, while maintaining a stable income.
If you are an entrepreneur at heart (or think you might be) but need a steady paycheck, a side hustle can be a great way to experiment with new ideas, test the market, or start to get customers for a business you plan to run full-time one day.
I’m a big fan of the side hustle. I’ve earned extra money by selling products online, doing website design, consulting, network marketing, and by providing coaching services. I even worked on a few local political campaigns managing databases. These opportunities not only provided our family with extra income when my daughter was young, but they also taught me new skills that I am able to apply to my business today.
One of my favorite authors, Chris Guillebeau, recently released, Side Hustle – From Idea to Income in 27 Days. I’m also a fan of his book, The $100 Startup, and his large annual conference that is held in Portland each year, The World Domination Summit (WDS). WDS is a great place to learn about following your passion and creating positive change in the world.
According to Guillebeau, everyone should have a side hustle. Not only for the extra money, but to create more than one source of income. With company layoffs and downsizing, people rarely stay at single job for their entire career. A side hustle provides more options and flexibility.
“A side hustle is like a hobby, with one big difference: most hobbies cost money. A side hustle makes money. It’s like playing entrepreneurially, getting paid to try something new and learn different skills.” ~ Chris Guillebeau, Side Hustle
A side hustle doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and doesn’t require a specialized education. It does require the right mindset however, and a willingness to act. Talking or thinking about starting a business isn’t enough. Unfortunately, that’s where a lot of people get stuck.
If you’re considering making a career change and would like to explore a side hustle, check out the Side Hustle book or schedule a time for you and I to meet. I can help you weigh your options and make the decision that’s right for you.
Now It’s Your Turn
Have you ever had a “side hustle?” Was it beneficial? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments below.