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Embracing the side hustle

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We all have the same 24 hours in a day to get what we want done. What you choose to do with that time is completely up to you, but if you’re short on money and don’t necessarily want to get a completely new job, maybe it’s time to embrace the side hustle. You know, make money in addition to your main source of income.

I’ve toyed with the idea of side hustles for a long time and now I’m beating myself up for not doing it sooner. Whether it’s a way to exercise your creativity, meet new people, try out a new career without fully stepping out of your current one, there are so many reasons why it might be a great idea to start planning what your side hustle could be. Using the skills you already have there’s probably loads of micro businesses you could start with very little start up costs. Yes, that’s right, many of the ways you could add extra money to your bank account needn’t take years of saving up first, so there’s one potential excuse thrown out of the way!

Is blogging a side hustle?

Totally!

For me, no because I don’t currently make money from my blog, it’s my creative outlet, though for many people it is a totally viable way to make money. Perhaps I should make it my side hustle.

Even if you don’t make money directly from your blog, it could provide you with the skills and expertise to venture into a different hustle. You’ve learned how to code in css and html? Why not help others? You could offer your services to other bloggers or create courses on sites such as udemy instead.

Find something you enjoy doing, something you are good at and that other people would be willing to pay for. As you can tell by my diagram, my expertise wouldn’t be graphic design, but hey, I thought this was a nice way to illustrate my point.choose a side hustle

So give me some examples of potential side hustles

Oh ok, I’d have liked it if you said please but what the heck. I don’t know what your individual strengths and weaknesses are or how much time you have to invest towards making extra money, but here are some things you could consider. Whether you’re saving up for some once in a lifetime travel experiences or have a particularly large phone bill to pay off, I hope this helps!

 

+ Create an e-book
+ Tutor
+ Open an Etsy shop
+ Music tuition
+ Create blog templates and sell online
+ Social media management
+ Virtual assistant
+ Amazon black label seller
+ Sell your photography
+ Sell your illustrations
+ Create blog / website headers
+ Set up a YouTube channel
+ Teach small businesses how to blog and use social media
+ Sell home made goods at local fairs / markets
+ Create personalised stationery

That’s just a small handful of things you can do. If none of them are right for you, that’s fine, don’t give up! There’s something out there for every single body. Embrace the side hustle. You can find something that fulfils you and can help make you some money!

Good luck!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Babes about Town March 1, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Wooh mama I’m all about the side hustle, in fact my entire career seems to have been one long series of side hustles haha! That’s the age we live in, so many angles and options to explore and especially when you’re creative and don’t fit the 9-5 office mould all that well. Plus like yourself I come from a side hustling country, I don’t think I know many Nigerians who don’t have their fingers in multiple pies. Great post, very useful list and yes why not add blogging to your income streams? x

    • Reply Tinuke March 3, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Yes, and an electronic fist bump to your side hustles Uju!
      I think you’re right, some of us are not built for the 9-5 (I’m more of a 2pm-10pm kind of woman!) and being able to creatively find ways to live is a must!
      Nigerians are good at not leaving their eggs in the same basket : )

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