When you want to start a side hustle, there are couple of things that might cross your mind. Things such as: why should I even start a side hustle? How do I even make time for a side hustle? Or what kind of side hustle do I even start?
And while I’ve already written a bit of a lot to answer the first two questions, this post is all about helping you find the perfect side hustle for you. Because if you’re going to hustle outside your every day job, you might as well find something you’ll love, right?
Without further ado, here are five tried-and-tested steps to start a side hustle you’ll actually love.
1. Make a list of things you love to do
Sometimes we don’t know what kind of side hustle we want to start because of all the options out there. You probably know someone into freelance graphic design or videography or something.
But what about you?
Before you let the overwhelm creep in, sit down and make a list of all the things you love to do. Go wild here.
Whether it’s painting, typing really fast, talking to people, just list down all the things you love doing. No judgement. This will be your side hustle, after all. So there’s no shame in the things you enjoy.
Start a side hustle on things you love. That’s sure to make things fun!
2. Think about the things you’re good at doing
It’s one thing to make a list of things you love to do, it’s another thing to think about the things you’re good at.
You might not really love video editing for example. But you might be really, really good at it. (Hey, you’re a multi-faceted human being – your passions and talents can be different things.)
Don’t be shy here. Wave that talented flag around! You’re probably good at a ton of things already, and you never really thought about it.
Now if you need a criteria to know if you’re actually “good” at something, then you might want to think about this: are there people you can help who don’t know how to do that something at all?
Maybe it’s something as simple as setting up a website. Or doing Keynote slides. Or organizing closets.
As long as there are people out there who aren’t as good as you are at something, then I don’t see any reason not to consider yourself “good” at that thing too.
So go ahead. Start a side hustle with your many skills and talents. That side hustle will only make you better at them.
3. Think about your ideal customer or client
Whenever I teach anyone the art of side hustling, I make sure that they know exactly who their buyer is before showing off their newly baptized side hustle to the world.
A buyer can be a customer for something physical you’re selling or a client for a service. Regardless, a side hustle is always going to entail selling something –
You want your side hustle to solve a need for that someone. So think about your offer always in the perspective of that someone: what can you do to help them?
Related: How to Find Your Profitable Niche (How to Make Money Blogging series)
4. Share your offer on social media
These days, it’s hard to meet anyone without a Facebook account. So why don’t you kick off those shy pants for a little while and share your offer with your social media connections?
This may seem a little scary (especially if you’ve never had to start a side hustle before), I know. But it’s honestly not as scary as it is!
No one is going to judge you for wanting to start a side hustle; we’re all just trying to make ends meet, after all. And you might just be the answered prayer of a Facebook friend in need of, say, your brand-new branding-for-small-businesses service!
Just take the leap. You’ll be surprised how many people might actually be begging for someone like you.
5. Turn to your LinkedIn network
Okay, so if you didn’t know this nifty little feature on LinkedIn, I wouldn’t blame you. It pretty much blew my mind too.
You can actually directly email your LinkedIn network.
Yup, you read that right.
So this is perfect for anyone looking to start a freelancing gig, like content writing or social media management or virtual assistance. LinkedIn is a professional’s social networking site, so this really is one of the best places to find some brand new clients!
(And if you’re not on LinkedIn yet, what are you waiting for?!)
Take a couple hours to nose around your network and look for any business owners or freelancers or human resource people. Then export your contacts’ details from LinkedIn, find these people’s email addresses, and blow them away with a perfect pitch.
Start a side hustle in 3, 2, 1
I get a lot of people telling me how they really want start a side hustle based on the things they love or things they’re good at. The problem? They never know where to start.
So I’m helping you cut through the overwhelm with this free Passion to Profit mini course that’s chock-full of worksheets and lessons to help you figure out what the perfect side hustle – and the perfect customer – looks like to you.
If you’re interested, go sign up below!
Mica is the face behind everything you see at her blog, Mind of Mica. She champions the goal-getters, the dream-chasers, and the unapologetic hustlers who are out to make a difference – even if it’s in their own lives.