The Art of the Side Hustle
Over the last few years, the more I learn about entrepreneurship and location independence the concept of the “side hustle” is ever-present. If you are not quite sure what a “side hustle” is, don’t worry. Basically it is a project that you work on during your free time that is not directly related to your normal full-time job. In short, think of the kids running a lemonade stand in their neighborhood after school or on the weekend. For adults though, the side hustle can mean practically anything.
Many location independent entrepreneurs use websites such as fiverr.com to start new projects. Fiverr is one of my favorite examples because of the fact that is so easy and user-friendly. The idea behind Fiverr is that you sell your skill, whatever it is, for $5.00. You may think, only $5.00, that’s not worth my time but it definitely is. Over deliver when you aren’t charging much for your service and then once you get some good reviews about how great your service was, then you begin to boost your prices over time. Every review of your service is one more reason for someone to go with you as their choice for whatever you provide.
Another idea for a side hustle could be building your own landscaping business. Find customers interested in allowing you to cut their lawn or work on their landscaping in return for a fee. The same ideas prevail though… Start out at a low price, over deliver on your service, slowly begin charging more to new customers.
So, what skill do you have already, or what do you want to learn to do? How are you planning to use your skills to make a little extra money on the side? How are you going to become a little more entrepreneurial with your free time?