So in the IVA Hustle – How to Choose the Right Side Hustle for You article, we’re going to answer this important question so you can be on your way to earning your first dollars from your side hustle!
So, the first thing you need to do is to make a list of the things you’re passionate about. This includes your hobbies (yes, you can make some money by doing your hobbies!), skills and your interests.
Starting with hobbies is always a good idea because it means you can do these tasks without getting bored. Ideally, you want to do something as a side hustle that you’re passionate about (hence a hobby because you’re already doing it); it need to be something that is relatively easy for you to do, and is something you’re deeply interested in.
Hobbies are great because again, you’re already doing it plus you have the skill set to do it and you probably have the equipment needed to do it. You’re vested as they say so why not find a way to make it pay.
Skills are also a good thing to include on the list because they’re something you already have. If not they’re easily acquired whether for free (YouTube or Vimeo) or by paying to take a certification class. Skills are something you can fall back on if you don’t have a hobby or at least one that doesn’t require taking out a second mortgage on your home.
For example if you’ve got music skills, then you can think of ways to make some money based on music like teaching or tutoring online!
Lastly, listing down your interests will help you further narrow down the things you want to do. If you have a green thumb you can create a series of “how to” videos with your phone or “the proper way to repot plants for the home” or “keeping plants that are safe for pets and kids pest free”, the range is boundless if you just think about what you have to offer others.
Keeping yourself motivated while doing your side hustle is important because you’re basically working solo. If you let your motivation slide, then you’re going to fail at your side hustle. So, right from the get go, it’s best to choose something you’re going to like doing for a long, long time.
Many people have turned their side hustles into full-time careers and businesses. But it can take years. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. You must not be afraid to fail. Because it’s through those failures that you will learn to fix the mistakes and persevere.
Succeeding at your side hustle will mean developing an entrepreneur mindset. This means not being easily discouraged, and the ability to think outside the box. Entrepreneurs think big and they focus on their long-term vision. They don’t sweat the small stuff.
If you want to turn your side hustle into a successful business venture someday, then focus on that goal. Do everything within your power to ensure your dreams come to fruition. There’s no better validation that you chose the right side hustle than by actually succeeding at it!
Happy St. Patrick’s -Hustlers!
Iolande V. Argent,
Your branding senior side hustle solutionspreneur
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