Get your hustle on!
If you had read my past post, you may be stuck trying to figure out what you can do. I had an opportunity to sit down with a buddy of mine the other day, and he was talking to me about his hustle. I was asking him where he got his ideas. It led me to thinking that maybe I could share some of the ideas, he had, with you.
The hustle is all around us
The easiest approach to start up your hustle is to list all of your skills. Identify the things you can do, even at an amateur level. Perhaps you can organize your receipts like it is no one’s business (not my skill.) Maybe you are fantastic at cleaning out your sock drawer and finding those elusive left socks (also not me.) These are all skills that can be applied to different needs, but in order to get started you must understand your abilities.
How does that even apply?
The receipts are easy. First, it implies you are great at organizing. Second, you are going to be able to store these in such a way that you can easily find them even after a year or longer. This kind of organization is hugely useful both to businesses and regular people. With the socks, it is a similar situation. You can find the items that are missing, and even among similar items, keep it all straight.
Now obviously, this is very simplified, but what I want you to see is the skills could focus on anything. I am a huge believer that no matter who you are, you are excellent at a number of things. With this in mind, there are also many different subjects that may appeal to you.
Okay, whatever, where do I make my money?
First off, have you looked around yet? Craigslist is the easiest one to jump into. Their gigs section has a bunch of different categories. Though some of the posts are creeps looking for “models”, just be safe with your work. Additionally, you can check out message boards to see where people are getting side work. Even something as simple as a Google search for “(your interest) sidework” will yield many ideas or websites.
Another thing to do is to tell your friends and family about the things you want to do. I cannot tell you how many times I have had side work fall in my lap because friends of mine have given out my information. I have fixed computers, helped people move, delivered random items, and toyed around with so many different things. It bears repeating, BE SAFE with your work, and don’t take on anything that is either illegal or questionable unless you want that kind of risk in your life.
What can I expect from hustles?
No one can tell you this with any degree of confidence. This will be totally dependent on your drive, and how much time you want to dedicate to this. If you want to do the “ever-popular” driving for Uber, just be aware of all the factors. Perhaps you want to start delivering pizzas, or anything along those lines. You’ll need to keep in mind the wear that it puts on your vehicle, the gas, and the time you are spending doing it. If it is worth the hourly breakdown, then by all means pursue it.
The side hustle is a personal aspiration. If you want more, then get more. Reach out to me if you want to discuss this further.