What is a Side Hustle (and 5 Easy Steps to Start One!)

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A side hustle isn’t a part-time job. It’s better. It’s more like being your own boss – you are in charge, you set the rules, and you don’t have to answer to another boss. 

Because you are the boss!

Can I get a woop woop?

A side hustle is completely in your control – you decide what you want to do, when, and how. 

Are you ready to start a side hustle?

Spoiler alert: You’re probably more ready than you think.

Let’s dive in!

Understanding the Side Hustle

There is no right or wrong when choosing a side hustle. You can do something crafty, artsy, or business-professional. It’s completely up to you – follow your passion, turn your hobby into a money-making opportunity, or try something completely new.

You might design websites, proofread website content, write website content, drive for Uber, or sell handmade candles.

Honestly anything you can do that people will pay for can be a side hustle. 

The best part?

You don’t need to find a company that’s hiring!

It’s as simple as looking for businesses or consumers that need your services.

Why do you Need a Side Hustle?

Women start side hustles for a variety of reasons. There is no one-size-fits-all reason to start a side gig! You might:

  • Want to make extra money, which is great for stay-at-home moms or anyone looking for extra money
  • Need flexibility to work as little or as much as you want
  • Want more control over what you’ll do and when
  • Be looking for a creative outlet to follow your passions

How to Start a Side Hustle

So how do you start a side hustle?

It’s easier than you think. 

Here’s how to get it done:

1. Figure out what you want to do

Make a list of what you’re good at and see if there’s a market for it. Don’t worry if no one else is doing it – if you can fill a void, do it.

2. Decide when you’ll work

Finding time for your side hustle may be a little more taxing. If you have little ones, you probably need to work around naptime and bedtime. If you have school-aged kids, working while they are in school (or e-learning) may be best.

And if you have a full-time job AND a family?

It’s totally possible.

I know… because that’s how I started!

Yes, it takes hard work.

But let me tell you: I’d do it all over again because there’s nothing like using your skills and talents to bring in money for your family.

3. Choose your platform

Depending on what you start, you may need to pick a platform. 

For example, if you’re a freelance writer, a virtual assistant, or you design websites, you may want to leverage a platform like Fiverr. They have a tremendous clientele looking for services you have to offer. 

Or Etsy is a popular choice for selling candles and crafts.

You don’t need a platform though. Crafty gigs and other businesses that sell goods often do well with just social media and word-of-mouth.

4. Pick your pricing

Decide how much you’ll charge for your services is your next step. Take into consideration your time, any money you must spend, and the going rate for the services you offer. 

Make your prices competitive, but fair for you, too.

5. Start your side hustle

Once you work out the details, it’s time to take the plunge and start your side hustle. 

Don’t worry if it doesn’t go perfectly at first. It takes a lot of trial and error. 

The only mistakes are those you don’t learn from, so take your time and learn as you go.

Let’s get your hustle on!

If you’re ready to start a side hustle, make a list of ideas that interest you. 

For help, download our guide to 113 side hustles to see what sticks out to you.

Then do some research to see if there’s a target audience waiting for someone like you to deliver the goods or services. 

Once you choose it – do it and most importantly, have fun!

Amy is a content marketing writer who specializes in personal finance and FinTech. She is known for her strategic use of on-page SEO and talent for transforming complex topics into content that’s easy to understand. Prior to becoming a professional writer, Amy oversaw probate and estate cases as a court administrator. She has Bachelor’s degrees in business administration and legal studies from Ferris State University and resides with her husband and daughter near Grand Rapids, MI. In her spare time, Amy enjoys camping and serving her community as a Girl Scout leader.

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