Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock over the past few years, you’ll know that starting a side hustle has become seriously popular. Research shows that 40% of UK adults have a side hustle outside of their day to day employment, and with the job market showing no signs of becoming any less volatile, this figure is only set to rise.
The options you have are almost limitless. You could set up a freelance writing business and write blog posts for business owners, you could create your own clothing pieces and sell them on Etsy, you could self-publish books on Amazon, or you could start a blog about a subject that you’re passionate about. Finding the right option for you is all about working out what your strongest skills are, and what you really care about.
It’s no secret that I love side hustling. And I think there are many, many important reasons why you should think about starting your own. Here are just a few benefits that you can take away from getting stuck into your own side hustle…
YOU CAN CREATE A GENEROUS EXTRA INCOME STREAM
Okay, so this is a pretty big one, and it’s probably the number one reason why so many people get started with a side hustle in the first place. If you want to increase your earnings, you no longer have to convince your boss to give you a pay rise, or seek out an extra part-time job. If you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection, you can start earning extra money from home, completely on your own terms. It’s very realistic to expect to earn an additional few hundred quid a month, and the sky is the limit. Plenty of people find that a side hustle can quickly replace their full-time income.
YOU’LL DEVELOP SKILLS THAT GIVE YOU A SERIOUS EDGE
Digital skills are so important these days. If you know how to build a website, write engaging blog posts, or create engaging social media updates, then you’re hugely improving your employability and your prospects for the future. Best of all? You don’t have to go to university or sign up for an expensive course to acquire these kinds of skills. If you’re committed to learning and practicing, there are tons of free resources that can teach you what you need to know.
YOU COULD GET A STEP ON A CAREER LADDER THAT YOU ONCE ONLY DREAMED OF
There are certain industries which are notoriously difficult to get into. If you don’t have certain qualifications or connections in high places, then the odds are stacked against you. The beauty of the internet is that it’s breaking down so many of these barriers. With some passion and some tenacity, you can create a career that once might have been completely out of your reach. Always longed to be a journalist, but never managed to get your big break? A blog could be your ticket to getting noticed as an up and coming voice in your niche, and it could lead to countless opportunities.
IT CAN BE MASSIVELY REWARDING
There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of reaping the rewards of your side hustle. Whether it’s the first person to take the time to leave a comment on your blog, or the first time that you sell one of your products, or the first email you get from a brand that’s interested in collaborating with you, it’s so rewarding to know that what you’re doing is working, and that you’re moving closer towards your goals.
SO WHEN WILL YOU BE STARTING YOUR SIDE HUSTLE?
It’s so tempting to think that starting your side hustle can wait until another day. Maybe once you have a little more time, or you have some firmer ideas about where you want to take it, or you’ve spent a bit longer honing your skills. Of course, it’s totally up to you when you do decide to start, and the very nature of it means that there’s no boss breathing down your neck, telling you that you’ve got deadlines to meet so you should really get your finger out.
But it’s a learning curve, and the sooner you get started, the sooner you can start to see results. If you’ve got a burning passion inside of you that you want to turn into a side hustle, why not take your first steps today? A year from now, you’ll probably be amazed at just how far you’ve come.