If you are looking for a side hustle, a part-time job or a way to work from home these 10 Steps to finding a side hustle will give you the boost you need to get started.
Step One: What do you like doing?
This is key. It is really hard work to put a lot of time and effort into something you just do not like doing.
Make a list of all the things you like doing, in particular, things you like doing that others don’t like to do. Hello Niche!
Step Two: What can you do?
More to the point, what can you do that others find difficult? For me, I like to write. It is something I have always found easy to do, I like to play around with words. Luckily for me, there are a lot of people who dislike writing, find it difficult and hard to do. So my ability became an asset. Make a list of things you can do, in particular things that you like to do, but other people don’t.
What abilities do you have that can be an asset? Make a list of things you can do, in particular things that you can do or find easy but others do not.
Step Three. What can you do that others would pay NOT to do?
Writing is a great example of this. There are many companies who will happily pay someone else to write their content for them. If you have a skill that others don’t like to do, you can make quite a nice little side hustle with it. What skills can you do that others would pay for the luxury of not having to do? Computer coding? Writing item descriptions? Ironing? Cleaning the oven?!
Step Four. Narrow your ideas to 3 – 5 of the best ones
Choose 3-5 of the ideas you have brainstormed above. Write them on a blank page with lots of space for notes. Now the creative research phase begins.
Step Five. Find out what others are doing in these areas
Do an internet search around your ideas. Who else is offering these types of services or products? What kind of results pop up when you search for them? Who is doing something really different with this idea? Are there some key businesses or personalities that keep coming up in the search? Jot down all the ideas, and notes as you dive deeper into these possible side-hustles.
Step Six. What is missing?
From your research what ideas seem to be working? Are the businesses missing something? Is there something you could do better? Is there a way you could do it differently? Add all your ideas to the pages.
Step Seven. Name your ideas
Narrow your choice to 2 ideas. To really get your creative juices flowing Come up with a cool business name for the idea. Have a look to see if the domain name is available. Come up with a catchy description of the service or product you will offer.
Step Eight. One page business brainstorm
Use a full page for each idea. Write the name of the business in the middle of the page. Brainstorm all around the page ideas for services, products, brands, marketing, target audience. Dump all your ideas on the page.
Step Nine. Run with one idea
During the above exercise, it is likely that one idea jumped out more than the other. This is the one to start working on. List the steps you will need to take to start. Put dates on each one.
Step Ten. Get Started Already!
Choose the first action listed above and get onto it today!