While spending a lot of time at home, many of us have picked up some new hobbies. Yes, bread making was all the rage, but that was 2020. For some, activities like Dutch foundry painting or epic sausage boards are high on the list of things to do in 2021.
Now consider that the things you enjoy doing could earn you some money. It’s called “Side Hustle”. They are good at Dutch pouring and people can pay you to create a work of art for them. While you are unlikely to quit your job just yet, not only is your new passion a creative medium, but it could also fund family summer vacations.
A sideline expert Veronica Bahn recently stopped by Creative Living for tips on how to live out your passion with hostess Jane Claus (video above).
We transcribed this interview (slightly edited for clarity).
Jane 12:19 AM – I’m so excited you’re here because sideline is such a big word these days. So let’s start by just defining what a side business is.
Veronica Bahn 00:30 – You know, it means so much to so many different people. Because the old way we looked at a sideline is to get a quick gig, Uber Lyft is more modern, but babysitting, baking, chores, taking a lawnmower and running around the neighborhood, right, and a bit more money to earn.
I like to define the side business as something you do that you are passionate about. You’ve found yourself excited about what you’re doing on the side. They spend five to 10 hours, maybe 15, a week. But it can either turn into that safety net for you in life, or it can become your full-time profession. When it hits the income numbers you are looking for.
Does a side hustle sometimes turn into a full-time gig?
Jane 01:09 – Have you noticed that more and more people are starting their own pages? Hustle and bustle because of the pandemic?
Veronica Bahn 01:16 – Yes, I actually read an article where 63% of people who are now working from home due to the pandemic do not want to return to their current career or job, or change their current career job.
Jane 01:31 – All right. So, with that said, how do we start our sideline?
Veronica Bahn 1:36 – I think it has to come from the heart. So if you really want something that will take you into the next 5 to 15 years, and you know you have skills or a message, the important thing is to sit down and just brainstorm.
It could take you a week to brainstorm. It might take 15 minutes, but go see who you were as a kid. What does your heart need to sing, what made you shine? What was the dream that you had And what did you go to school to learn? Or what is your background? And then ask some close people around you who you know who know they are telling you what they think are some of your best skills. And then you start creating and talking to people who are enterprising and strategizing.
Jane 02:25 – So Veronica, tell us that when we’ve found our sideline, how do we make it successful?
Veronica Bahn 02:31 – Well, a lot of people hire a coach and bring in a mentor, a strategic partner, someone who can help them plan, right. So you need a plan. And I don’t believe in a plan that has to be so lengthy and focused because well-made plans are best to go wrong.
Man who creates baked goods
Be open to what this river looks like. And you also have to realize that you have to do some work on yourself because being an entrepreneur or starting a side business that being a solo preneur requires a certain sharpness of mind, takes some strength, you really need to know yourself and just really direct yourself according to your goals and what you want to achieve.
I think for me the number one very important thing is having a cause when I started my side business 12 years ago. I donated to a charity every month before we were profitable. Well the reason I think that made a huge difference is because you know you are committed to this organization that supports this cause or charity and it makes a huge difference. For me, that’s what redefines the side business.
Are there pitfalls with a side business?
Jane 3:40 AM – What do you think is the biggest mistake people make when starting a side business?
Veronica Bahn 03:45 – It is the idea of getting rich quick that your idea will be so amazing that they will post it there and you will be able to quit your job two weeks. There is never a finish line when you embark on a solo career, solo business, or side business.
What I see a lot is that your people in the front rows have not been singled out and everyone is telling you that you are crazy and you start looking at them so that you can go into self-sabotage mode or even doubt your self-confidence is faltering and that The first mistake people make is giving up on their dream when they are three feet away from gold.
Jane 04:22 – So great. Okay, let’s talk about you. What kind of services do you offer to help people with their side business?
Veronica Bahn 04:29 – Well, thank you for asking people. You can find me on sidehustleexpert.com where I am providing your viewers with a top ten guide to keep in mind as they start your website and move up. I also do one on one coaching. I do group coaching and offer us a 20 minute free discovery call. We can brainstorm in 20 minutes and see if we can work together or if I just give them a nuggets of value or two that run me. I’m on their way and give them a coaching that I would have wished for when I started in 2008.
Jane 5:07 am – wonderful, amazing advice. Thank you for joining us, Veronica.
Veronica Bahn 05:14 – Thanks for having me Jane.
Jane 05:16 – If you’d like to get in touch with Veronica just visit her website for tips on how to start your own side business.
This month we’re also showcasing Midwestern Meat, Manuel Builders, Walking in Sedona and Spices: 101 with Chef Shannon Smith at Creative Living. Creative Living airs on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Further show times can be found in your Cox programming manual.