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How to Start a Side Hustle

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Do you suffer from the Sunday Scaries? That sense of impending doom that washes over you on an otherwise pleasant Sunday because you know what Monday holds. Another day of working at a job that’s unfulfilling at best and downright harrowing at worst.

Fear not, my friends! You can begin working on an escape plan without the insecurity of leaving your job completely. It’s time to start your side hustle so you can become a freelancer and, ultimately, replace your income (and then some!). 

How you may ask. You’ve come to the right place! We know how it works, who it works for, and we have all the tips and tools to make freelancing a reality.  

What are the benefits of having a side hustle as a virtual freelance professional?

“Did you just say I need to do more work?! I’m already exhausted!” We hear you! After a long day at a job, the last thing you want to do is more work. However, there are perks to putting in the additional effort. 

  1. If your side hustle is work you genuinely enjoy and excel at, it will feel less like work. You’ll have a stronger sense of accomplishment, especially knowing the end goal is income replacement. 
  2. As we mentioned, you get to build your business while keeping your job. Can you say security?!
  3. You don’t have to make a big splash! Dip your toe in to find out if you like working from home as a virtual professional before giving up your job.
  4. Choose if and when you quit your job. You may like your job and want the extra income, or you may find that your new virtual career is what you really want to do. You get to choose when to quit.
  5. You’ll have a backup plan for the unexpected - like being laid off, your company being bought out, or your boss retiring or changing jobs.

Which stage of life is best for a side hustle?

While you can begin a side hustle at any point in life, we see professionals achieve the most enjoyment and reap the biggest rewards when they’re in one of these stages. Do any of these resonate with you? 

  1. You’re a new or busy parent and want to find a job with more flexibility that allows you to work from home. Childcare is expensive, and you only get a few years to be with them when they’re young. A side hustle lets you replace your income before quitting your job.
  2. You’re getting close to retirement. You don’t want to quit working entirely after you retire, but you’re looking forward to the flexibility so you can travel, spend more time with grandkids, and focus on yourself. Starting your side hustle now will allow you to take your work with you once you retire. 
  3. You’re an empty nester and have too much newfound free time. And we know raising kids and putting them through college isn’t cheap! You’re ready to take on a side hustle to earn some extra money, but you want the flexibility of working from home when it fits your schedule.
  4. You’re super talented! You know you have fabulous skills, but your boss doesn’t see your value. You’re stuck in an unfulfilling job with limited advancement opportunities. You may not be sure if working from home as a virtual professional is right for you but starting a side hustle is a great way to find out.
  5. You’ve heard rumors that your job may be downsized or made redundant. You feel powerless until you realize you can start a side hustle and have a new career ready if the rumors are true.

Here’s how to start a side hustle

So, you’re ready to consider starting a side hustle more seriously. What do you need to do?

  1. You need to figure out which projects you like to do! There’s no point in starting a side hustle you won’t enjoy. You can take this short quiz to determine your virtual niche so you can outline what services to offer. 
  2. Find clients! We know this is intimidating, but we have faith in you. Determine which clients will value your work and then pursue them. We will teach you exactly how to do this in our Virtual Expert® Training.
  3. Keep your clients! Deliver quality work and a great experience, so you get to keep working with the clients you love and fire those you don’t.

Are you ready to begin your side hustle? We want to help! Book a free Breakthrough Session to meet with a member of the Virtual Expert® team and get started with your side hustle, and become a freelancer. It’s time to be your own boss!

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