Do you have the entrepreneurial spirit? Perhaps you just need to increase your income to make ends meet, or maybe you have a bigger goal of retiring early. You may have heard that solopreneurship is a way to do those things. Everyone should have at least one side hustle simply to make more money. But what are the keys to starting a side hustle successfully?

  1. Have multiple streams of income. Do not put your eggs in one basket. You can’t guarantee that you will have a job forever, and the same goes with freelancing and even passive income. Mix it up and have more than one to rely on. Think about the skills you already possess and how you can create a service based business and possibly something passive as well. Should you have a blog? Teach online courses? Do some research and see what would be a good fit for you.
  2. Add value. You have to solve a problem or pain point for a person to truly have a successful side hustle. People don’t like to spend money, but they like to buy things that benefit them at the same time. Be the solution and you will see your income increase. Think about what you know or what you could easily learn and research as much as you can, and then take that research and turn it into a blog, course, or sales funnel.
  3. Use your already existing contacts to get yourself out there, and continue to grow. Start an email list. Make a website, network on social media. Spread the word. Don’t be afraid to share your new business. Get out there and let people know what you are doing and how you can help them.
  4. Set goals. Make sure you start hustling before you leave your day job. You should have a solid foundation in place before you make that leap. There will be long hours, but it will be worth it, and you’ll be less likely to fail. Start with a part time hustle. Most people say to have 3 to 6 months of income saved before leaving your day job. You may not need that much but you don’t want to cause problems for yourself either.
  5. Believe in yourself. It might sound silly, but you need confidence in order to be successful. If you don’t believe you are the solution, your customers won’t either. Continue to learn and share what you know.

 

You may have a lot of side hustle ideas. Make sure to do your research and find what will work best for you and the skills you already have, with the hope of expanding your skill set in the future. There is a wealth of information online on various gigs you can do and services you can offer. There is no need to reinvent the wheel, but you will want to put your own spin on what you offer. With these side hustle tips, you will be well on your way to be successful and earn extra or maybe even full-time income.

Posted by Amir Shaikh

Mr. Shaikh is a CEO of GigTricks and a Dubai-based Entrepreneur, Business Mentor, Engineer, and Philanthropist who is on a mission in making the world a better place by facilitating unlimited growth opportunities for both entrepreneurs and freelancers around the world.

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