How to Start a Side Hustle

Do you want more money in your pocket? Be honest.  The answer is probably yes, because who doesn’t want to make more money.  I think the better question is, are you willing to work for it?  As far as I can see it there are two ways to earn more money in life: 1. ask for a raise at your day job or 2. start a side hustle.

Since the first one most likely won’t happen unless you get a promotion (no hard feelings, can you tell), I say take matters into your own hands.  I’m not really a wait around and hope it happens kind of lady.  I’ve had two jobs since I was 16 and now that I’m 35 my work ethic hasn’t changed, my side hustle has, but not my work.  Although in full disclosure I have to tell you that I do need to nap more than I did in my teens and 20s, however I still work hard.

If you want to increase your bottom line – for whatever reason – here’s how to start a side hustle:

Do something you love

There’s no point in taking on extra work if you’re not going to like it, that just doesn’t make sense.  If you’re going to start a side hustle you might as well enjoy yourself.  Sandy started selling creative mugs on Amazon and if you’ve watched her webinar you know that her side hustle is pretty lucrative.  That all started with an idea and flourished with passion.

Find something that will save you money

My very first side hustle was working in a lingerie store up here in Montreal, my real part time job was working in a candle store.  I was a teenager and it wasn’t a skanky back room kind of store, I was 17 and had to go to work in a black suit – it was a pretty sweet deal.  It’s called La Senza and now it’s actually owned by Victoria’s Secret.

Side note: Did I ever mention that I’m Canadian? And NO I don’t know Drake.  

It was a great side hustle because not only did I earn extra money to help pay for things (my parents were divorcing) but I got a discount on pajamas, lounge clothes and under garments.  When Victoria’s Secret took over I started getting discounts there too and at Bath & Body Works.  Those are all everyday items that I could purchase at a discount – big money saver. 

My Dad (who’s retired) is thinking of getting a part time job at this cable provider so he can get all of his services at a discount.

Talk about yourself…all the time

No one will know what you do or even that you exist until you tell them – so scream it from the roof tops.  You may remember that I landed my very first freelance writing gig from responding to a Craigslist ad.  They didn’t come looking for me, I was proactive.

Nowadays there are so many ways to get a job – full time or on the side.  Social media is a great way to showcase your services and I’m not just saying that because I work as a Social Media Consultant.  I know a sound engineer who joined Instagram in December and now has over 5000 followers because he started posting behind the scenes videos of his creations. 

One of my friends who is a graphic designer started trolling LinkedIn for jobs and reached out to the recruiter telling them that he would do a better job at a lower price.  Now his side hustle is his full time job.

The bottom line is if you want to make money you have to work for it, but if you’re doing something you love is it really work?

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