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How to Hustle Your Way Out of Any Situation
There often comes a time when your income just doesn't meet your needs. Maybe you need to pay next month's rent and you are a couple hundred dollars short. Maybe your car has broken down and you don't have enough money in your savings account to make the repairs. These types of situations can be stressful and overwhelming. However, for every problem, there is always a solution. Side-hustling has become very popular in recent years and for good reason. These types of online jobs and sometimes offline jobs can help you make the extra money you need to avoid disaster. The hardest part, however, is trying to find these hustles so that you can make the money. If you're in a bind and you need to help yourself, here is a guide that will assist you in finding and executing your ideal hustle!
Step 1. Realize That Not Every "Hustle" Online Is Profitable
If you search for money making opportunities online, you will probably find a website listing surveys or paid-to-click sites as "hustles". Let's make one thing clear at the beginning of this article: not everything that will make you money will be profitable or helpful. Yes, surveys and paid-to-click to sites will pay but they will take a long time to see any progress. While sites will often claim that you can make an extra $50 a day using these methods, it's more realistic that you'll make less than that amount in a month. Anything that is not a profitable, active activity is not a side-hustle. That doesn't mean that you should discount them completely, however. A little bit a day can go a long way and you may want to have these sites on the side to build a nice nest egg over time.
Step 2. Come Up With a List of Talents or Special Skills
Side-hustles are usually small jobs that require a special skill or talent to do. For example, let's imagine that you are an amazing songwriter or musician. Using this talent, you could easily perform at local venues for money or search online for people who are trying to write their own songs. Ask yourself what you are talented at. Is it writing? Are you an awesome cook? Can you build websites like no one's business? Great! These are the talents you will need to run a successful side-hustle. If you think that you have no talents, ask yourself if you have any special skills. Maybe you are great at organizing events. Perhaps you are great at carving bushes. Skills are always in demand and there is a niche for you somewhere.
Step 3. Put the Pedal to the Metal
You won't find a hustle by sitting there and waiting for it to come to you. Actively seek out people who are in need of your services. Post on job boards online. Ask your friends and family if they need help. Shout out your hustle from the rooftops. Like with any hustle, advertising is key. That doesn't mean that you need to launch a big advertising campaign to attract clients, however. After all, this is a side-hustle. However, it does mean that you will most likely have to establish some sort of online presence and offline presence. For example, I do most of my work on Upwork and it is there where I have a profile of all my achievements. When anyone outside of the platform wants to work with me, I simply direct them to that profile so that they can see if I am a good fit for them. This may not pertain to you so do what only makes sense for your side-hustle.
Step 4. Say Yes 99 Percent of the Time
Landing your first job or client can be exciting. You may find, however, that it is not at all what you expected. As you continue to bring on clients, this can make you feel as though you need to be more selective with who you bring on board. Do not do this in the beginning! I repeat, do not do this in the beginning! Beggars can't be choosers and that definitely applies to this situation. All experience is good experience when you are first starting your side-hustle. Unless you have an amazing reason as to why you cannot serve business to someone, accept anyone and everything that comes your way. You have enough time to be selective down the road.
Step 5. It's Called a Hustle for a Reason
A side-hustle is just as much of a responsibility as a regular job is. You will have to take on a lot of responsibility and dedicate a lot of time to your hustle to make sure that you make money and keep clients happy. Once you begin hustling, you need to make sure that you are fully dedicated to your craft and to your customers. If not, hustling may not be for you. You are better off using surveys and other methods to make extra money.
This guide should be enough to start you on the path to finding your ideal side-hustle. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive guide and that there is plenty of information on the website about this subject. Good luck and have fun!