You’ve studied for years to get a degree in your dream job, went to all the interviews and finally landed the job you wanted.
You are over the clouds and happy that you made it.
BUT just a few months into the new job you feel that something’s off.
It turns out that it’s not as great as you’ve imagined it would be.
Maybe it isn’t as creative as you thought it’d be?
Instead of using your creativity all you have to do is to sit in front of the computer and copy or alter already existing designs.
“That’s what I’ve studied for?”
You’re wondering whether that’s normal and feel disappointed.
Deep down inside yourself, you know that you were made for more.
Sitting the whole day in front of the computer to simply copy and alter already existing designs isn’t what you want to do until you retire.
And certainly, that’s not why you studied for so hard.
You want to be creative and make money with your passion.
I get it because I’ve been there!
I was a fashion designer working full time in a soul-sucking, boring 9 to 5 before I got fed up and quit.
It was 14 years ago and there weren’t so many options back then as an alternative so I first solo traveled the world and then went back to university to learn business skills before I started my online business.
Today there are so many more options available for you to take a different path right away.
With the power of the internet and all the knowledge that’s out there, you can easily start a side hustle as your creative outlet from the comfort of your home right now.
You can get started in your free time besides your shitty job and turn it over time into your full-time gig.
You wanna know how?
Keep on reading.
TABLE OF CONTENT
- Know what you want
- Identify your market
- See who your peers are
- Manage your time
- Make a plan
- Schedule your tasks
- Take daily action
1. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
First, you need to know what you really want.
What is it that you are passionate about the most and have fun doing?
What’s the activity that doesn’t feel draining but fuels you with energy while you’re doing it?
Is it drawing?
DIYing your home?
What is it?
Can you imagine doing it without getting paid for it and for the next couple of years to come?
Become quiet and listen to your inner voice.
2. IDENTIFY YOUR MARKET
Once you know what you are passionate about and can imagine doing it for the next couple of years and without getting paid for it for a while the next step is to see whether there is a market for it or not.
If you plan to make money with it in the future it’s necessary to see whether there is a market for it or not.
Otherwise, it’s just a hobby, and you can’t turn it into a real side hustle or your full-time job if there’s no way to monetize it.
You can simply start a Google and Pinterest search to see if people are interested in the topic you want to start.
Once you’ve identified an idea that people are genuinely interested in the next step is to identify your peers in that field.
3. SEE WHO YOU PEERS ARE
Who are the people working in the same field online doing something similar you’d love to do in the future?
Who are your peers?
What are they doing?
What are they offering?
Who is their target audience?
How are they monetizing their ideas?
Make a list in your journal and jot down the answers to these questions.
4. MANAGE YOUR TIME
Before you even get started it’s important to learn about ways how to manage your time and to increase your productivity.
You need to make some changes to your lifestyle when you decide to start a side hustle.
Maybe you need to get up earlier or to cut your screen time in half in order to make time for your passion.
All successful online entrepreneurs know that it’s necessary to make some sacrifices to start a business and to make it work.
So if you decide to be one of them know that it’s important to manage your time wisely.
When can you free up time to work on your side hustle?
How many hours can you work on it per week, how many per day?
I’ve written a couple of posts on productivity and time management you can check them out here.
5. MAKE A PLAN
By now you know what you wanna do in which market and you’ve also identified your peers in the area you want to work.
You don’t wanna copy your peers so think about things you could do differently.
What can set you apart from your peers but be still appealing to your audience?
Once you’ve done that the next step is to make a plan.
What’s your future vision with your side hustle?
What are your goals long term and short term with it?
How are you going to measure your success?
Grab the Slay Your Goals Planner from Nadalie Bardowell and start planning.
6. SCHEDULE YOUR TASKS
Now you have your vision, your goals and a plan of how you’re gonna free up time for your side hustle.
The next step is to schedule the tasks to get started with it.
What are you going to do in your first, second, third week?
When are you going to do it?
Schedule all the tasks you need to do in your calendar.
7. TAKE DAILY ACTION
Your goals are clear, your tasks are scheduled all you have to do now is to take daily action to make it work.
Don’t be overwhelmed by all the things that have to be done.
Do it step by step.
Take small steps each and every day.
Soon you’ll have a side hustle up and running and eventually be able to turn it into your full-time gig.
The most important thing here is to take daily action steps.
All tools I recommend and mention in this post at a glance:
- Journal this is the notebook I love to use for journaling and to capture my ideas.
- Slay Your Goals Planner is the printable planner helping you to turn your vision into reachable goals and finally into weekly and daily tasks.
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