Get your side gig started

Five articles to help you get your side gig started.

by monsterstaff, published 03/21/2014
How to start a side gig When you're ready to start a side gig, these five articles can help.
  • Why You Need a Side Hustle Mashable: “Side hustles often lead to accidental discoveries of new interests, which stem from exploring a novel experience without a planned outcome. Rather than focusing only on the skills that support your current career, the side hustle’s premise recognizes that the thing you do for money and the thing that drives you don’t always coalesce — and that’s okay. Starting a new side hustle is like engaging in an extracurricular activity in school — just because it’s on the side doesn’t mean that it can’t be fruitful (or make money).
  • 7 steps to starting a money-making side gig The Week: “No idea is too wacky when you don't have much to lose. So don't be afraid to experiment — you just might tap into a big market for your individual skills and passions. In fact, many successful side-giggers discover their second jobs almost by accident, Palmer says. For example, something as simple as pet sitting for a friend can quickly provide an extra financial cushion. Palmer's recommendation if you're unsure of whether your potentially wild invention or concept has longevity? Start with a test product or service or do a soft launch to see what kind of feedback you get.”
  • How Your Side Hustle Can Help You Become a Better Employee Brazen Careerists: “Let’s say you’re caught in the classic conundrum of needing experience to score a promotion or a new job, but you can’t get that experience without the promotion or the new job. Enter the side hustle. Building your own business in your spare time gives you legitimate real-world experience you can add to your resume and bring to your next job interview. There’s no better way to learn than hands-on. If you need experience, don’t wait for someone to hand it to you; go out and get it.”
  • Is It Time to Dramatically Quit Your Day Job? Fast Company: “If you have a mortgage, kids and student loans, it may not be time to start your own company, says Johnson. But if your household has a second income or you’ve saved enough money to live on for a while, it might be a good idea. ‘The fewer the responsibilities you have the better,’ Johnson says. If you’re dreaming of starting a business because you don’t like your job, find another job, Dean says, but if you have an idea, let it grow.”
  • More Americans have side gigs to supplement full-time jobs ABC: “‘There's basically no such thing as job security anymore, so we all have to build our own job security by having multiple streams of income. It's all about leveraging the experience, the skills, the resources that you have,’ Palmer said. Labor statistics show nearly 7 million U.S. adults have more than one job, with about half holding a full-time and a part-time position. Career consultant John O'Connor believes having multiple incomes is becoming the norm.”
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