We could all use some extra cash, right? You may need some to pay off debt, save for a vacation, or to help pay bills while you are in college. Finding the right side hustle for you can be a great way to make some extra cash and do something that you are actually passionate about.
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A side hustle is just that, a hustle. You have to put in the time and effort to see the success that you want. I have found that doing a side hustle that I love and am passionate about really makes a difference, not only in the amount of money that I make but in how happy I am during my day.
When I first started my blog, I did it because I wanted to share how I was able to save money and live within my means with others that may be struggling in that area.
I had no idea that it would take off and be a way that I could quit my day job so that I could be a stay at home mom and spend time with my daughter .
That’s the great thing about side hustles, you can do them to make some extra money or you can really hustle and turn it into your full time job. The choice is up to you.
Write Down your Skills
This is where you have to be really honest with yourself. Make a list of all the things you are good at. You may be good at being organized, have great grammer skills, are good with animals, dependable, have amazing photography skills, etc.
List everything that you can think of and even recruit some friends and family to help point out your amazing skills. I know it can be hard to think of everything yourself, so this really helps.
Then from the list of the skills that you are good at, make another list of the skills that you love doing. You want to spend time on a side hustle that you actually have a passion for.
What can you do with those skills?
Go through the list of skills that you love doing and figure out a way that you can make money off of them. Some examples are:
- Organization = personal organizer, virtual assistant
- Fitness= personal trainer
- Good with animals= dog walker, pet sitter
- Finding great deals: Sell items on Amazon or Ebay, personal shopper
- Writing= blogger, freelancer
- Beauty= Doing people’s hair or makeup for weddings or proms
Go around to your friends and neighbors and ask what kind of things they need done or tasks that they would pay others to do.
Once you figure out what you want to do, you can go to a site like Glassdoor.com to figure out how much you should charge for your services.
Do your Research
Now that you have found the side hustle that is right for you, it is important to do some research to get started on the right foot. It can really make a difference in how successful you are and how long it will take you to actually start earning a decent income.
There are courses and classes available online for pretty much everything but I am a big fan of getting as much free knowledge as possible when you are just starting out. This can also help you figure out if this is something that you really want to do and if it is worth the effort.
Once you realize that this is a side hustle that you want to stick with, I highly recommend investing in a course or ebook to really step up your business.
I’ve put together a list of some free resources that may be of help:
- Free Pinterest VA Prep Book
- How to Build an Amazon FBA Business
- Everything you Need to Know to Start Selling on Amazon
- Goal Setting Workbook for Bloggers
- Boost your Blog Income Overnight
- The Blog Structure Blueprint
If you want to learn a new skill that may help you with your side hustle, you can sign up for FREE 2 months to Skillshare. They have all kinds of video classes on marketing, blogging, social media, photography, business, and so much more. I love taking their classes. The free 2 months is only available if you sign up by the end of June, then it will switch back to one free month.
Also, if you are interested in blogging, I highly recommend Siteground for your web hosting. I use them and have had nothing but good experiences. Plus, it is only $3.95/month to get started with them so they are affordable!
You can also check out my blogging section for more tips and recommendations.
I really hope that you are able to find the right side hustle for you. It can be such a life changer, it was for me. Side hustles are great for everyone but especially for stay at home parents, students, and retirees. You can fit it in to your schedule and work on it as much as you want.
You May Also Like my Other Posts:
How I Make $50/Hour as an Amazon FBA Seller
How you can Make $10,000’s Every Month as a Virtual Assistant
Free Classes to Help you Make a Career Change
Denise Hendershot says
Nice article.. My side hustle is a DS Company & you are spot on when you say that you have to put time and effort in to see the results that you want.. Too many people just give up when it doesn’t come easy!