Are you tired of being shackled to a cubicle? Feeling unsteady climbing the corporate ladder? Do you dread waking up in the morning and sitting in rush hour traffic only to spend the next eight hours sitting at a job you loathe? Then it's probably time you started a side hustle.
If you spend your workday plotting your escape from the cube, you're not alone. Some studies have suggested as many as 70 percent of U.S. workers are unsatisfied with their current job. And some eight percent would gladly take a pay cut if they could work from home.
These studies are solid indications that folks are craving more flexibility in their careers. Many are finding side hustles in addition to their full time jobs, hoping that one day they may come across the holy grail of gigs - the one that is the ideal combination of livelihood and love.
A side hustle can be many things. You may build websites, drive for Uber, or teach yoga classes. I write for the internet.
Among millennials, the side hustle - a job that you work in addition to your day job - is so permeating that Glamour Magazine posed the doleful question: "You don't freelance on the side... What kind of urban-dwelling millennial are you?"
Even if you're not part of Generation Y, it is possible to build a side-hustle in your spare time and successfully plot your escape from the 9 to 5 workday. Here's how.
Build a Website
If you're gun-hoe on starting a side hustle, you're probably going to need a website. Many side hustlers have at least one. You can hire a designer to set up your site or go the DIY route and setup your own blog or website on a hosting platform like Wordpress or Wix. Your total costs should be about $100 annually. Affordable, right? But there may be other things that pop up during the month, including marketing expenses, plugins, themes, and miscellaneous expenditures - and well, these can add up quickly. That's why it's critical to also set up a budget for your side hustle biz.
Budgeting Like a Boss
To earn money, you've got to spend a little money, right? It's the ugly truth. This can include building your website, taking classes that cater to your side hustle, and generally getting the word out there about your new endeavor. Before you even begin thinking about launching your new gig, get your finances in order so that you can cater to your passion. If this means skipping out on your morning cup of Joe for a month, so be it. Your dreams are worth more than your caffeine fix, aren't they?
Prepare for the Long Haul
The perfect gig won't fall into your lap overnight. It took me months to even land by first paying client. So before you start your side hustle (or any business, for that matter), you need to ask yourself how badly you want to succeed. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will your empire.
Identify Your Passion
What makes your heart sing? In order to experience ever-lasting love with your new endeavor, you've got to find one that caters to your daydream. Your side hustle will only succeed if you do something you love and something you're good at.
Be Prepared to Work Hard
One of the hardest things about working both a 9 to 5 job and a side hustle is coming home from work to work some more. It's critical to schedule like a boss and follow that schedule like an employee. Create a doable schedule every Sunday evening for both pursuits. With an organized planner, "employee" you will feel more accountable to "boss" you and make time to carve out time for both positions.
A side hustle offers way more than just extra cash. It offers a hedge against feeling stuck in a job that you hate. It can keep you from feeling pigeonholed and be a distraction from you disappointment. Are you ready to start working toward your daydreams?