10 tips to help you start a side hustle

So you want to start a side hustle but don’t have any extra time. As a mom of 3 elementary aged kids, 1 dog (we had 2 but, sadly, one died a few months ago), 2 hamsters, a full time job, tons of kids sports and other kid activities and a busy family life, if I can do it so can you. I set aside 2 hours a week to devote to it. That makes it a slow process but I look forward to that time every week and I have found it gives me more energy instead of taking it away. Part of my side hustle journey is that I want to share my learnings, successes and failures with others to help them on their own side hustle journeys. I want to help create a community of people who are passionate about what they do and have the freedom to follow their dreams.

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How To Use Fiverr To Outsource Your Creative Needs

In my ongoing journey to figure out a side hustle (or three or five), I stumbled across Fiverr in a podcast from The Side Hustle Nation: https://www.sidehustlenation.com/how-to-start-a-bounce-house-rental-business/ The podcast episode was about starting a bouncy house business (which I had no interest in doing) but what I am learning that no matter what side hustle someone is doing, even if it is something that you would never want to do, they always have at least one or two nuggets about starting or running a side hustle that I find relevant and helpful. In this podcast, the nugget I found was about outsourcing work to Fiverr. I had never heard of Fiverr so I went to their website to see what they do. They consider themselves “the world’s largest freelance marketplace” and you can outsource everything from graphic design, video editing, business plan creation to astrology readings. It’s pretty amazing and now that I know about it I wonder how I could have lived so long without it (I had the same realization a few months ago when my sister-in-law introduced me to Etsy).

Tweaking The Ordinary Mom Facebook Page and dipping my toes into the t-shirt business on Teespring

As I described in my last blog, I finally took action on something and started a closed Facebook page in August 2018. (https://thesidehustlejourney.com/2019/04/28/taking-action-by-starting-a-closed-facebook-page/) After purchasing the URL http://www.theordinarymom.com from WordPress and all of the extras I thought I needed in case I created a website, I had spent $98. To sign up for your own WordPress account to start your own side hustle journey, click here: https://wordpress.com/alp/?aff=13401&cid=2093430 (FYI- this is an affiliate link and I’ll make money if you sign up this way).

Taking action by creating my brand, starting a closed Facebook page and buying a URL

As you read in my last blog, in August 2018 I had narrowed down my options and decide to take action on my side hustle journey. https://thesidehustlejourney.com/2019/04/25/narrowing-down-my-options-and-getting-close-to-taking-action/ I had decided to brand myself The Ordinary Mom and start a closed Facebook group. I wanted to make sure that I could own that name so I knew I had to buy the URL ASAP before someone else did. I didn’t know if I would do anything with the website at this point but I wanted to have the option to create a website at a future date.

Narrowing down my options and getting close to taking action

After spending my summer binging podcasts on http://www.thesidehustlenation.com during my long drives for business, in August 2018 I decided I need to create a short list and then take action on something-- anything-- to move forward on this journey.

How I spent the summer binging podcasts about side hustles

I’m on a side hustle journey. I don’t know where it will go but I’m enjoying the ride. My first attempt was to think about starting a propane delivery service. See that experience in my blog at https://thesidehustlejourney.com/2019/02/19/the-first-attempt-propane-delivery/. After researching what it would entail to start a propane delivery service, I decided it was too much work with too little margins and I didn’t think I could do it as a side hustle while keeping my day job and my sanity. I stepped back to regroup and realized that I had a blank slate and didn’t know what I wanted to do. I searched the internet for good side hustle resources and came across Nick Loper’s website called The Side Hustle Nation (https://www.sidehustlenation.com/). He has great information on it and tons of podcasts.

The First Attempt – Propane Tank Home Delivery

I had a clean slate with nothing on it. I had decided to embark on this journey and now I didn’t know what to do. I was trying to think of some business that I could do in my spare time that would solve a pain that people have. I decided to try to start a propane delivery company.

The Beginning of My Side Hustle Journey

In April 2017, I realized that I wanted to try to create a business where I could be my own boss, make at least what I was making now in corporate America and work less. I had no idea of what that would be or how I would do that. I have been in high tech and/or education sales for almost 30 years and have my MBA so I thought the real test would be to take the knowledge I have gained and try to do something on my own. I wasn’t ready (or could afford) to quit my corporate 9 to 5 so it would have to be something I’d do at night and on weekends. Let me add that in April 2017, I had 3 young kids ages 5, 7 & 10, we had just moved across the country twice in the last 3 years and were in a new town that none of us had ever lived before, I was working a full time demanding job and my wife was extremely busy starting up her own company. I was exhausted and had no extra energy but I had a drive to create change and felt that I had tons of bottled up creativity from working a corporate job for so long and that creativity was dying to come out.