Long before Gary Vee or Tai Lopez advocated starting a side hustle. Or before the Side Hustle Show podcast, a little verse in the bible had the right idea.
I’m no real reader of the bible admittedly but when I came across these few lines, it stopped me in my tracks:
In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall bealike good. — Ecclesiastes 11:6
The verse says you should have a primary job or function. It may be in your field of choice, or not. But when work is over, you should be pursuing something else. Your passion, a project, or side hustle.
The first reason is obvious. You’re not sure which will take off. Your side hustle could eclipse your job. Or your job could really blossom into the career of your dreams. A side hustle can also help you improve the basics in your life.
The second reason is practical. At some point, you may need to make a career change. Or suddenly, you could lose your job. So having all your eggs in one basket sounds like a bad idea…
Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face. — Ronald Raegan
A financial advantage
It’s reported that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski retired this year without spending any of his football salaries. Despite his reputation for partying, he’s financially focused, only spending what he needs from his other job — endorsements.
You may not pocket multimillions but the concept is the same. A few hundred dollars a month can give you a significant wealth building advantage. And money tends to follow the money. If you have a side hustle nest egg, you’ll be able to act on opportunities to increase your wealth.
Starting Your Side Hustle
To start a side hustle, you need four important things:
- A skill or passion
- People who need that skill
- An offer
- Commitment ( this is the “evening withhold not thine hand” part)
Everything else you can refine as you go.
Review your skills and passions
If you have to do a second hustle, make it something you actually like doing. If you’re not sure what your passion is, answer the simple questions on this sheet. Otherwise, take a skill that comes relatively easy for you. Who knows, it may end up being your day job on a consulting or freelance scale. Once you have your skill, it’s time to find the people looking for you to help them.
Research the market
Where are your potential customers hanging out?
LinkedIn? Facebook? Networking events or a Chamber of Commerce?
Take some time to find an area — online or physical — where you can pitch your services.
Create an MVP or MVS
Put together a Minimum Viable Product or Minimum Viable Service. The more time you spend tweaking and waiting for the perfect moment, you won’t start.
For example, if you’ve decided you’re great at cleaning and you want to do a cleaning service, you don’t need fancy equipment, a website or business card. A broom, mop, and vacuum are more than enough.
Stick to it
Millions of persons envision themselves starting a side hustle or business. However, a few actually execute their vision. It’s so easy to spend time gaming, watching TV or scrolling Instagram instead of doing your side hustle.
“The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.” — Unknown
Staying committed is key. You’re going to have to split time and often your career can be physically and emotionally draining. But even if you can muster a couple of hours a day, regardless of how you feel, you’ll be miles ahead than if you wait for the energy and motivation to hit.
Start your Side Hustle today
A side hustle can really improve your life, and it’s good karma too. As the bible verse says, you’re not sure which will take off but you’re guaranteed at least one will. More importantly, working on different things can help you unleash your true passion and put you on the path of an amazing life.