7 Reasons To Start A Side Hustle While Working Full-time

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If you are thinking of starting a business and you don’t know what to do, you are not alone. Many people are in the same situation as you. One way to move towards your goal is to start a side hustle while working full-time. This doesn’t only protect your current income, it has other benefits. This article will show you 7 reasons to start a side hustle while working full-time.

1. You Can Test Out Your Idea While Working Full-time

While you may be 100% sure about your idea, there is no assurance that things will work the way you have planned it. Things happen as we have seen with Covid-19. The last thing you want when you start a business is lack of income. This is because it might take some months before you hit your revenue milestone. Even if you hit it early, it may not be enough to support your lifestyle. So, when you start a side hustle while you work full-time, you can build up a runway of clients.

In addition, you can focus on achieving some income milestones before you quit your job. If you are like me, you will need to ensure that you can bring in as much income as your current job affords you. This is even more important if you have a family. Aside the income issue, you will get to learn how to perfect your business practices. And you can achieve this without the stress of needing the income from the business because you still have your day job.

2. Opportunity To Increase Your Income

One of the benefits of starting a side hustle while working full-time is the additional income it brings. If you are looking to build a long-lasting wealth, getting multiple streams of income should be your priority. As your side hustle income increases, decide to save everything. Your extra income is not to increase your current expenses. So, make it a commitment to put everything away. One way to do this is to set up a new checking account for your side hustle income. Aside being able to separate this income from your day job income, it helps you to keep track how much your side hustle business brings in monthly.

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3. Opportunity To Discover Your Passion

As you start your side hustle business, you will discover a lot of things about yourself. You may find out that you don’t have a passion for your original business idea. Aside this, you will learn the types of industries you enjoy working in. Knowing what you enjoy working on is definitely crucial to setting yourself up for success.  So, take a look at your personal hobbies and see if there are any ways to turn them into a side hustle business.

4. Platform To Develop Your Business Skills

I will rank this as my number one reason to start a side hustle while working full-time. No matter the type of side hustle business you start, you are going to have to develop certain skills. Some of these skills will determine if you will have a successful business or not. With your side hustle business, you are going to get a lot of experience very quickly. And you can do this under a controlled environment.

5. Opportunity To Create Your Personal Brand

Whether you know it or not, everything you do gradually shapes your personal brand. So, when you start your side hustle and tie your name to it, it is one of the best ways to get your name out into your industry. One way to do this is to create a portfolio page online. The online portfolio will help you to display your works and show off what you can do for potential clients.

6. Opportunity To Make Real Connections

One of the pillars of a successful business is having the right connection. As Jeff Haden said,

don’t build networks, make real connections.

So, see your side hustle business as an opportunity to make real connections with your clients and partners through delivering genuine value to their businesses. As you probably know, the relationships you can build while running your side hustle business extend far beyond those of just your immediate clients. So, always ensure you show genuine interest in adding values to your clients. A satisfied client will ultimately become your ambassador.

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7. Opportunity To Learn Discipline

One of the requirements to having a successful business is to deliver great results to your clients. This is because a satisfied client can turn to a loyal customer, In addition, such customer can become your ambassador. So, starting your side hustle business can help you to develop the grit required to deliver great results for your clients regardless of the circumstances going on in your personal life. You will also learn about the importance of meeting timeline. There would be no excuses for coming up short on a project for your client, other than the fact that you failed to deliver. So, the responsibility of clearly communicating unforeseen emergencies as quickly as possible rests on your shoulders. In your day job, this might rest with someone else.

Finally, if you can find a way to dedicate a few hours each day to your side hustle business while you are still working full-time, you will have no trouble running your own business and keeping up with deadlines in the future.

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About Emmanuel Oluwatosin

Co-founder & Publisher of AfricaX. He is interested in: Technology | Media | Startup | Business | Education. Emmanuel currently lives in Calgary, Canada with his family.

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