Side hustles are a great way to grow your income beyond what you make at 9-5 – and with more money, more opportunities come.
For example, if you increase your income, you may find yourself paying back your student loan faster or reaching that savings goal even faster than you expected – the possibilities are endless.
The best part about getting your hectic pace going is that there are several ways you can do it, whether you drive for a car sharing service like Uber or Lyft, start a small business for your craft, or use yours in your spare time unique talents to help others.
To inspire you to get your life going, we asked five successful side hustlers to share their top tip for a successful side hustle. Here you are.
Just get started
Daniella Flores, creator of iliketodabble.com
It’s no secret to start a successful side business. The difference between my successful side business and where you are right now is that I started mine. Now start where you are with what you have. Then optimize as you learn and grow.
Take free online courses on platforms like Udemy and Coursera to learn new skills or expand on existing ones. Look for Facebook groups in a niche you want to be in (such as freelance groups or virtual assistant groups) for help when you get started. Follow other developers on Instagram and TikTok to learn more for free, and implement some of the promotional items they give you. Side Hustling is really all about learning while you walk – learning by doing. Start now and optimize later. You can do it.
Get started now and be perfect as you go
Becca Brenner, blogger and coach at Blonde Broke and Bougie
The hardest part of starting a sideline is getting the courage to do it. You may feel the pressure to do things perfectly, or you might want to make a ton of money right away. But if you wait for it, you may never actually do it.
It’s okay to make mistakes along the way. It’s not okay to wait forever! PS, an honorable mention goes to my # 2 tip for starting a side business: put money away for taxes!
Focus on service first
Jannese Torres-Rodriguez, creator and presenter of the Yo Quiero Dinero podcast, a podcast on personal financial literacy for Latinas and people of color
Whenever I think about a new sideline, I always approach it from a place of work. Ask yourself the following questions: Why am I doing this? What problem do I solve for my customers? How will your life improve if you work with me? When your vision and goal are clear, success (and money) will come!
Do your research and create valuable content
Latasha Peterson, side hustle expert and founder of Arts and Budgets
If you’re just starting out, doing research is a great idea. In this phase, find out what it takes to start a successful sideline (start-up costs, tools, resources).
Also, brainstorm and create valuable content that will help your audience solve a direct problem. This will help you prepare for success when you are just starting out.
Set specific goals and establish a routine
Katia Chesnok, money expert and founder of Economikat
When starting a sideline, you need to identify your why. You should ask yourself, “Why do I want to start this part-time job?” Is it because you need extra income to pay off debt, invest, or save more money for a specific goal that you want to achieve?
Once you know your “why” for starting this sideline, it’s easier to set specific SMART goals that you want to achieve.
If you want to be successful, you need to set up a routine. For example, when I started working on the side, I also worked full time in banking. I came home and always worked on my sideline after dinner, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. I realized that by incorporating the sideline into my routine, I had more control over my schedule and could focus on one task at a time. Being very specific and in tune with your goals is what gets your page on the road to success.