The Elusive Side Hustle

Work, Fempreneur / Monday, January 7th, 2019
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WThe internet has given us the capability to connect with anyone anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds. And because of that people of all ages are jumping on the side hustle bandwagon, taking their career into their own hands and making money on their own terms. The age of the side hustle is here, is it time for you to find yours?

What is a side hustle?

A side hustle is a fancy way of describing a project you’re working on, something that you’re passionate about, that you one day plan (and hope) to make money on.

Side hustles can take many shapes and forms from starting a blog to developing an app to building your own little consulting agency. And people all around the world are using the internet to do it.

Take for example Sophia Amoruso who started a small vintage clothing company with no money by selling things she purchased or found at second-hand shops (or in some cases she allegedly stole). Today Amoruso is the founder and CEO of Girlboss Media, which she started after she published her book similarly titled Girlboss.

Amoruso, of course, isn’t the only one with a side hustle going on, Brit Morin started Brit + Co in 2011, and it is now a thriving digital publication and resource guide for women. And Nicole Buergers founded Bee2Bee Honey Collective in 2011, bringing backyard beekeeping a little more into the mainstream in Houston, Texas.

Side hustling is a real thing, and with a little imagination and a lot of hard work you too could have one.

How do I start a side hustle?

Starting a side hustle is much like anything you do in life, the first step is deciding you’re going to do something and the second is deciding what that something is. Beyond that there is no magic rule book and no step-by-step how to guide (though there are places you can get some ideas), it’s pretty much the wild west out there.

That said, if you’re thinking of starting an officially business for your side hustle, some important things you need to think about are:

  • Any legal and business requirements in your country, state or territory
  • Any funding you might need to get in place
  • Taxes, taxes and more taxes
  • How you’re going to get the word out there

That said, pending your side hustle isn’t going to be a business, or at least not yet, you can start small by building a blog, creating a podcast, taking a class or learning a new skill.

But I love my job

Side hustles don’t have to be full-time gigs, maybe you just need some extra cash to help offset bills or save for your next vacation. Many people start side hustles by moonlighting as pet sitters, writing book reviews or penning an article here and there. Side hustles are exclusive to the wannabe entrepreneurs, many people start them simply because the want the extra cash or are incredibly passionate about the project. Just because you love your 9-to-5 doesn’t mean you have to be left out of the side hustle rage!

The world is your oyster, and it’s what you do with it that counts. If you’re dying to get your side hustle now, start today! What’s really holding you back anyway?