Start where you are now. It’s best to build around what you’re good at and like doing; and base your side hustle around things that are easy to do with minimal additional resources.
To help you figure it out, ask yourself a few questions:
What Skills Do You Have Now?
Knowing what you’re good at right now is going to really help you figure out what you can do right now to start as a freelancer. Using a skill that you already have is the fastest way to start. You can always start with one thing and move to another as you learn more. The point is just to get something now so you can build on it later.
Are You Skilled with Particular Software?
Think about the things you already do, and the software you already use, whether in your work or for fun. If you are good at using software such as shopping cart software, marketing software, and other software that people use personally or in a business, you have a chance to become a consultant for that software, which can be very lucrative helping people get set up.
What are Your Hobbies?
You may even be able to turn your hobby into a full-time income. Many people have done it now that platforms like Etsy, Amazon Marketplace, Shopify and others exist to help freelancers and hobbyists make money off their creations. More than one college student is making six figures on Etsy selling stickers, patterns, and other creations.
Who Could Benefit from Your Current Skills?
There’s always someone who will pay for what you know. Remember you have a job where you are getting paid to perform tasks now; capitalize on that and figure out who could use the skills you want to be doing.
Knowing that customers who need the work exist is part of figuring out what you want to do as a side hustler. It’s going to be much simpler if you provide a solution to a customer who you already know exists and where to find them than it is to create the service and then find the customer. Figure out who you want to work with first, and then provide solutions to them that match your skills.
Are You Self Motivated?
When you freelance, even though you have customers and clients, you don’t have bosses. You have to do the work without anyone telling you. You have to get up each day and do the work on your own. The money isn’t going to come to you without working. Can you self-motivate yourself to do the work that’s needed even if you aren’t racking up dollars for each hour you work?
Am I Okay Spending Long Hours Alone?
Many freelancers end up spending many hours at their computer pounding out articles, offering customer service, building marketing funnels, and more – with no interaction from anyone. Sometimes this happens for days on end. You will have to find ways to network with others if isolation and working alone doesn’t work with your desires.
Remember you are designing your life, so there is no right or wrong answers. While it’s true that every single thing you do in life has both positive and negative aspects, as a freelancer, you can try to outsource or do away with most of the negative stuff while focusing on the positives - since you get to set this up the way you want to and not the way someone else tells you to.
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Until next time hustlers,
Iolande V. Argent
CEO, Publisher, Media Personality & Coach
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