Are you working to build a business or just make some more money right now? If you can put in the time but don’t need the cash right away, there are side hustles that can turn into full-time work. If you need money immediately, your focus should be on using your side hustle as a straight-up part-time job.
What Do You Want to Do?
There are multiple side hustle businesses you can participate in that will boost your income in exchange for time. Uber drivers, food delivery services, dog-walking, and house cleaning are all ways to get out into the world and make some money. However, you may not feel comfortable doing some of these things, either because you just don’t feel safe, or you don’t want to be seen doing these activities. If you’re not committed to the action, every dollar will be a fight against your own desire to do the job. Each of the jobs listed above will take minimal equipment, though those who drive for Uber and Lyft do have to keep their cars in good and usable shape. You also have to be mindful of security.
Don’t Use Your Home Address
Do you enjoy writing? Starting a blog can be a good way to build income long term. However, it’s generally a slow start, and you will need a physical address for some blogs. Blogging can also be an invasion of your privacy and requires that you put a bit of yourself out into the world. Unless you are ready for this exposure and are willing to put securities into place, consider writing for content mills to start the cash flowing. If you have success with content mills and decide to launch your own blog, consider setting up a virtual mailbox as one more privacy screen. A virtual mailbox has some advantages for a business and helps with the start-up process.
Making Time for Your Side Hustle
If you are already working 40 hours a week and have a house, spouse, family or other responsibilities, finding the time for a side hustle can be daunting. To make sure that you can stay focused on your earning goals or intention to build a money-making blog or another small business, try working with a timer. If you only have 20 minutes of spare time to write, set the timer on your phone, and lay it beside your computer facedown. No distractions until the beeper goes off. If you write while the baby naps, use headphones, so only you hear the alarm. Working in short, concentrated bursts of time is an excellent way to make sure that you can put in a little bit of time on your side hustle every day.
By following these tips, starting your side hustle shouldn’t be too difficult. If you’re smart about it, you’ll be able to maintain both your side hustle and your full-time job. No matter what your side hustle turns out to be, take care to make some time for yourself. Even if it’s just 10 minutes with a new magazine, and you have to hide in the laundry room to read, block out a little time for a break every day.