Making it as an entrepreneur is no piece of cake. Whether you’re working a day job you’d love to quit or struggling to get by in the early stages of a startup, staying financially afloat can be a challenge. One solution: find a side hustle.
A side hustle is a way to make some extra cash which allows you flexibility to pursue what you’re most interested in. It can also be your true passion – a chance to delve into fashion, travel or whatever it is you care about the most without quitting your day job. So if you are thinking about striking out on a side hustle, here are a few tips:
Set a Vision
In order to succeed in a side hustle, determine the type of life you want to live. This means, figuring out if you want to travel, spend more time with your kids, have more free time, or less.
Become Passionately Curious.
Not everyone is born with a passion or interest -- I don’t dream about social media, I’d rather be a florist -- but in being curious, I found a place in social media where I could be satisfied, my vision of my life could be met and I could find success. It all began by exploring multiple fields and narrowing down to a few I was interested in.
Exploration of Your Interest Areas
Test and try everything. Find things you hate and things you love. Then narrow those things you love down into a few that would match the vision of the life you want and if they could scale. Then, test. See if people are interested. Write articles. Talk to friends. Create products. Whatever helps you to understand if there is a viable benefit to you in committing to this side hustle.
Once you have established what your side hustle is going to be, you need to commit.
Turn the television off. There is on average three free hours of day back for every American who does this. Stop checking social media. There is on average 90 minutes of time back for the average American for does this.
Commit to only checking work emails during work. If you must do so in the evening, only spend 30 minutes max doing so.
This post was first published on Entrepreneur.com