We all know people with side hustles. On weekends, Fiona teaches fitness classes. Sarah builds websites. Dan writes for the Internet. We mum and dad bosses know the score better than anyone and many of us start blogs and vlogs on mat leave or as a side hustle along with our full or part time career.

Among 20- and 30-somethings, the side hustle is so popular, it’s a way of life for most.

Many people assume the side hustle is financially-driven but that’s not the whole story. The psychological benefit is the real reason. Working in admin or sales might not be your dream job, but your side hustle can keep you from feeling pigeonholed. It can you to rediscover your voice and confidence after time away and allows you to dip your toe into a new roles, without losing the stability of your main career.

Chris Guillebeau, is the host of the Side Hustle School podcast and the author of Side Hustle. (October – Macmillan)

He has travelled the world meeting with readers to talk about entrepreneurship and living a freer, more adventurous life and despite their diverse ages and backgrounds, there’s one commonality: the side hustle. It makes sense. Who doesn’t love the idea of making extra money outside of their day job?

Side Hustle offers a detailed, step-by-step guide to launching your project. Through practical tips and strategies that you can put into action right away, Guillebeau walks you through everything you need do to go from idea to income in 27 days.

Side Hustle is the essential guide for anyone who wants to create more freedom, opportunity, and security … Packed with practical tips and strategies — illustrated by compelling stories of real-life hustles — that will inspire readers to start their side hustles now.’  Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project.

It’s a joy to welcome New York Times bestselling author Chris Guillebeau to the blog as he shares how you can side hustle too!

Did you ever hear the saying that money doesn’t grow on trees? Parents sometimes say this to their kids when the kids want to buy everything in sight. These parents are only half right. Money does grow on trees— you just have to plant the right seeds, in the right soil. Each person who has a side hustle has found a money tree and made it blossom— simply by putting an idea into action. There’s a money tree out there waiting for you, too.

Whether you’re no stranger to side hustles or you’re brand- new to the concept, you can get up and running with a profitable project in a short period of time.

Here’s what you need to know right now:

1. Everyone should have a side hustle. Even if you love your job, having more than one source of income will give you more freedom and more options.

2. It’s not that hard to start one. You can do so in less than a month

3. To be successful at hustling, you first need to understand how to generate profitable ideas and then choose which one is best at any particular time.

4. Side hustles are all about action! You need to launch your idea, usually before you feel totally ready, then regroup and refine after seeing the initial results.

There are also very few prerequisites to side hustling. To be successful in using this model, mostly you need:

The right frame of mind.

Specifically, you need a willingness to learn and experiment. Even if you’re a long-time serial hustler, some of what you’ll learn here will be new to you. To get the most out of these lessons, you’ll need to be willing to open your mind to a different way of thinking.

The willingness to act.

Thinking about it, talking about it and reading about how to build your own side hustle is a start, but it won’t do much for you. You must be willing to put your ideas into action, If you want to be successful, you have unlock the potential of your idea and start converting it into profit.

As you can see, the list of prerequisites is pretty basic. The list of what you do not need is far longer. This is important, because many people think that the ability to earn money outside of their day job is out of their reach. Luckily, these people are wrong. Let’s get this out of the way right from the start:

You don’t need much money.
Put away your credit cards (at least the ones with high limits) and don’t worry about needing to raise capital or ask someone for a loan. The process I’ll show you in the days ahead, along with the vast majority of ideas and stories you’ll read about, do not require a large amount of money— and in some cases, no money at all is required.

You don’t need much time.
To be fair, you’ll need some time. But the time required to start a hustle should be minimal. My twenty-seven day plan is designed to be doable alongside your existing commitments and take no more than one hour a day. If you want to work faster, or build your project to a higher level right away, that’s fine and you can spend more time doing so— but you won’t have to.

You don’t need a business degree, or any kind of specialized education.
Most business education teaches people how to be a corporate manager, which is fine if that’s what you do for your day job. But with a side hustle, you’re starting your own business, not running someone else’s. You don’t need an MBA. You won’t have to use complicated software or spreadsheets. Your financial forecasts can be written on the back of a napkin.

You don’t need employees, assistants, or business partners.
You may want to get help at some point, but not right away. The initial goal is to start on your own, using your own skills and effort.

You don’t need experience starting a business.
You don’t need to be an “entrepreneur” to start a side hustle. Even if you have zero experience working for yourself, with a little resourcefulness and the right frame of mind, you’ll have no problem taking your hustle from idea to profit.

In fact, some of these things (the money, the abundance of free time, even education) can actually be detrimental to your plan. If you have money to spend, you’ll spend it. If you have an abundance of free time to waste, you’ll waste it. Whatever you learned about business in school can sidetrack or prevent you from taking the simple steps you need to turn your idea into action. Last, at some point it may be wise to expand your team, but when you have to do everything yourself, you’ll have to stick to what’s essential.

Side Hustle: Build a side business and make extra money – without quitting your day job by Chris Guillebeau is out now, published by Macmillan.

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2 Responses

  1. Sophie Le Brozec

    Great post! I side-hustled all of my businesses over the years and it’s the best way as it’s safe, you can dip your toe in the water, and you can learn. Off to go and check out Chris’s book now 🙂 Sophie xx
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  2. Sumit

    Side hustling is how I started. What worked for me is that from the first day I considered my side hustle as something I want to do full time. I love the areas mentioned in this article. Have been a huge fan of Chris (after I read the 100 dollar startup). Will soon get my hands on his new book.
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