1. Good enough is perfect
Since no one can every achieve perfection, just jump in when you know it’ ‘good enough’. If you waited for things to be perfect nothing would ever get done.
The important thing is to get out there and try and reach your goal, and not fall into the trap so many others do by obsessing over tiny details that won’t matter.
This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to pay attention to detail, but it does mean you need to know which details matter. Get a prioritisation matrix I love the Eisenhower tool for this, and Jamesclear.com has a great blog post with templates) on the go and you’ll quickly see things sliding off of your ‘to do list’ and onto your ‘could have a look at that later’ list. This I will help you let go of the minute details that don’t really matter and the stress of a never ending task list.
There’s also a great Free online tool for your Prioritisation Matrix at realtimeboard.com , or you could just as easily use a Word or Excel template (if that’s your thing). Personally I love getting out a large sheet of paper, coloured pens and post it notes to get the job done.
2. Prepare to work your butt off
Starting a side hustle doesn’t mean you can let your foot off the gas and coast, quite the contrary. Side hustling is about working hard, probably harder than you ever have before – pulling all nighters, catching up with work early in the morning and sticking with work through the weekend.
Success won’t come overnight and it will be a fair while before you start getting rich and go on elaborate insta worthy holidays.
But all this won’t matter because it will be work you love, rewarding work. You know you’re ready to step into your side hustle when you can put all of this in and it doesn’t really ‘feel like work’.
3. Know not everyone will love what you’re doing
Be prepared for negative feedback and know how to receive it.
One of the hardest things about working for yourself is just that – you’re working for yourself and you’re your own boss. Because of that, an feedback you get hits you that much harder and whilst the positive can propel you forwards like nothing else, the negative will sting that much more.
The best way to combat negative feedback is to believe in yourself, and on your build resilience (you’re going to need thick skin if you want to succeed with your side hustle!)
Read Forbe’s guide on how to deal with rejection as a side hustler.
4. Be inspired by your competitors
Competition is out there – it is ALWAYS going to be out there.
This is a good thing, because it will inspire you, and it will push you further than you thought possible.
Social media, such as Instagram, can make you feel like the last one waiting in line to be picked for the team at school – but don’t let your competitions likes, followers, posts, or whatever it might be leave you feeling smothered or not good enough.
It’s important to believe in yourself and know that there may always be people ahead of you, but that doesn’t and mustn’t let you devalue what you have to offer.
It’s all about variety and what makes you unique. Study our competitors but don’t let it get negative, use what they are doing to find out how you do it differently, or could do it better.
5. Don’t be a smart ass
You don’t know it all. No one does, so don’t pretend you do.
In the side hustle work, you’ll be wearing a lot of different hats – be that designer, marketer, editor, photographer, administrator, and much more all rolled into one (perfectly neat of course) package. That’s why doing a side hustle is so awesome – you get to do a lot and learn a heck of a lot.
However, know when to delegate your tasks. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel and knowing where can pick out projects , or pieces of work and give these to other people will save you a huge amount of time, stress, and brain power. This will make you more successful. The hardest, and smartest thing you will do is identify when it’s time to say ‘I don’t know how to do this’, and get someone else to do it for you.
Networking is key for this. Get to know website developers, freelance editors, photographers, SEO experts. Whatever it is you need a hand with, making connections is always invaluable and it opens up doors to swopping services. You’ll inevitably hit a point where you need someone else’s expertise.
6. It’s not all about the timing
The only ‘right time’ is now.
There’s no such thing as too young, or too old, not experienced enough, too shy or too ‘whatever else it is you think you’re too much of’. Don’t let anything hold you back.
This links in with point 1, where if you end up waiting until you have more time, or money, or a better laptop, the right lens, etc. you’ll be waiting forever.
Get out there!