Want to be your own boss? I will show you how to start your side hustle while working at your day job. The best time to start a side hustle and build your income is while you are still working at your day job, this is because you have the time to grow your income, put the necessary structure in your side hustle whilst still receiving your pay check and so you are not under undue pressure with your finance.
I started this blog as my side hustle and I am currently working at my 9-5 job, it’s been a dream come true for me because blogging has been my passion and quitting my day job before starting my side hustle was never an option for me as I understand that I need to build a solid business that will begin to generate income for me on the side and gradually be turned into a main income stream for me.
So if I can do it, you certainly can too. There are several ideas that you can turn into a side hustle while still working at your day job, and if you don’t have an idea yet, I will show a 5 good side hustle ideas that you can start today that will not interfere with your day job.
Starting a side hustle not only adds a new income stream for you, but it also opens you up to opportunities, skills, and career changing opportunities which your day job will not grant you.
How I started My Side Hustle
Starting my side hustle along side my day job involved me taking a ruthless
prioritization, a psychological shift on how I view what’s important to me and the willingness to get very creative on a daily basis. I had gotten to the point in my life where priority mattered more to me, and I had to take daily creative actions to start my side hustle, so if you must start that side hustle today, then you need to ask yourself, what is your priority in life? Do you want to work at your 9-5 job for forty(40) years till you retire, or do you dream of another career path or a you willing to add a new income stream to your finances? Priority and psychological shift is actually what will propel you to start a side hustle while working at your 9-5 job.
THE BENEFITS OF STARTING A SIDE HUSTLE
Your side hustle, can also allow you to focus on what you are more passionate about if your 9-5 job does not currently give you that yearning satisfaction. When you grow your side hustle to a full income stream for you, it can also give you more flexibility in your savings and the ability to travel the world and contribute meaningfully to your environment.
5 STEPS TO HELP YOU START YOUR SIDE HUSTLE WHILE WORKING YOUR 9-5 JOB
1. IDENTITY YOUR AREAS OF INTERESTS AND SKILLS
People are willing to pay you for your skills if they know you are available. So identify your areas of interests and if you have any skills that you have acquired from your day job turning it into a side hustle is good. There’s no side hustle without a service. So think of what service you can offer and that people will pay you for.
2. VALIDATE YOUR SIDE HUSTLE IDEAS AND SKILLS
Before you pour in your energy into starting your side hustle, it is necessary to validate your ideas and see if there are willing customers so that you don’t set yourself up for a drastic fall. One of the surest ways to validate your side hustle ideas, is to check if there are people who already have businesses that matches your side hustle ideas and skills. If there are, it then means that it is a viable business idea. And that there are willing people to pay for such services.
3. SET ASIDE TIME FOR YOUR SIDE HUSTLE
If you are serious about starting your side hustle while working your 9-5 job, First things first, you need to set some time aside to start and build your side hustle. This is where priority comes in, and you will need to cut off somethings from your calender which are not of priority to you and use those few hours to start and focus on building your side hustle. Then develop a system around your free time and be committed to it.
4. SET A REALISTIC LAUNCH DATE
Remember it is not a GOAL until it is written down with clear steps and a date attached to it. So if you apply all the steps above and don’t set a time to launch your side hustle, it will never get done. Decide on a particular launch date, work towards it and then launch your side hustle. As you work towards launching your side hustle, always remember this quote:
Done well is better than perfect.
I used the above quote as my laptop wallpaper when I was working towards launching my side hustle, and I tell you it helped me. So stay focused so that you can create the life of your dreams.
5. OUTSOURCE SOME WORK
At the beginning of your side hustle, you will realize that you cannot possibly do everything. By now you must have identified your strengths, and your weaknesses, so you can easily outsource the things that you cannot do instead of spending all months trying to figure it out, as this will set you back from your launch date. If your side hustle, involves you having a blog, I currently offer a free blog installation service if you purchase your hosting with my affiliate link. My free blog installation service involves the following:
- Blog Set Up
- Astra Theme Installation and Customization
- Installation of the necessary plugin
- Permalink Set Up
- Set up DNS records for your blog
- Create a custom email address for your business/blog
- Install the SSL Certificate
- Create A Logo For Your Blog
- Create A Favicon For Your Blog
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SIDE HUSTLES THAT YOU CAN START WHILE WORKING YOUR 9-5 JOB
So if you are thinking but what side hustle can I start while still working at my day job, I’ve got you covered because there are some side hustles that are more challenging to combine with a 9-5 and I totally get it. So here you go:
1. FREELANCE WRITING
Freelance writing is one of the easiest and quickest side hustle that can easily be combined with your 9-5 job as it primarily requires your time and creativity to write quality content for your client and get paid. And do you know that you can earn $1000 a month with freelance writing. The secret to freelance writing is to charge based on the value you bring to your client.
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2. Start a blog
Blogging is one of the best side hustles that you can easily start, and if you are so passionate about starting a blog, I am offering you a free blog installation, because I want to see you start that side hustle blog, this is me cheering you on so that you don’t keep procrastinating. Blogging allows you to build a personal brand, connect with great minds whilst building your own asset. You can write about your passions like:
- Healthy living
- clean eating
- Home Decor and Interior Designs
- Mommy Blog
- Vegan Lifestyle
- Homeschooling blog
- Kids craft blog
- Fashion blog
The list is endless, you can start a blog on a singular niche, build an audience who shares the same interest due to the singular focus and then monetize it by creating a product, affiliate links, sponsored content, ads, etc.
3. CREATE AN ONLINE COURSE
If you are looking for a side hustle to start while working at your 9-5 job, you can create an online course. Is there a topic that you are so knowledgeable about and that are really popular right now and people are willing to learn about it, package it into an online course and sell it. You can publish your online course on the teachable platform or you can create an ebook and sell it on amazon.
To create a successful online course, focus on niches where people have a huge problem that they need to solve. If people are desperately trying to solve a problem, you have the opportunity to provide value by helping them solve the pain. The content you create, can guide them towards a solution and the best part you make money non-stop as long as your online course is available.
4. BECOME A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Virtual Assitant is one of the side hustles that is on high demand. A virtual assistant is someone who works remotely. If you are currently working at your 9-5 job, you probably have some skills that you can offer as a virtual assistant. Virtual assitants can help with tasks such as the following:
- Social Media
- Blog And Calendar Management
- Graphic Designs
- Web Design
- Email Management
- Pinterest Management
- Webinar SetUp
- Facebook Ads Management
- Basic SEO
- Landing Pages Design
- Branding Services
If you are willing to offer your services as a virtual assitant, the best tip and step to take is to start a blog and create a hire me page showing the services you can offer, and create blog posts around your expertise, that way your clients will easily find you. If you want to become a virtual assistant, The Virtual Savvy have some good resources to help you get started and be on the right track.
5. BECOME AN INSTAGRAM INFLUENCER
Believe it or not we live in an age where your passion can earn you some decent income on the side and even become a major part of your income, and this is where being an instagram influencer comes in. If you have a cool fashion sense and your photography skill is on point or you can hire a professional photographer if the former is in place. Or are you obsessed with creating amazing meals and your followers have often commended on how good your food photography is, then becoming an instagram influencer is the way to go. Anyone can start a side hustle by becoming an instagram influencer especially if you like the spot light it brings. To become an instagram influencer, you need to build your following first around your passion.And then monetize your instagram account in some ways like:
- Sponsored posts
- Selling a Product
- Instagram takeovers
Do you currently have a 9-5 job and you are willing to start a side hustle to pursue your passion and live the life of your dreams, my best tip for you is to think of what is priority to you right now and how desperate are you eager for a change, choose a side hustle and set realistic goals towards pushing out that little baby and in a few days from now, you will be glad that you did. If I could do it, you can also.
So tell me what side hustle you are willing to start in the comment section below and let’s cheer each other on.
With much love