How to Profit from Your Hobby by Turning It into a Side Hustle

According to recent reports, 44 million Americans have a side hustle. Urban Dictionary defines side hustle as a sideline that brings in cash, other than your main job. And, while millennials lead the pack when it comes to side hustles – the opportunities are out there for people of any age.

 

Lara Galloway, business coach and host of the Mom Biz Solutions Show podcast, has made it her passion to help entrepreneurs create and run businesses that make them successful and happy. And, as a mom and wife with three kids, Galloway knows firsthand that no one can hustle quite like a parent – because moms and dads know how to juggle to get the job done and even have time left over to read a bedtime story before tucking in the kids.

Unfortunately, so many parents, who have a hobby or skill that they should be sharing with the world don’t feel like they have the time to turn their passions into anything more, especially on top of raising a family and full-time jobs. However, according to Galloway, with the right mindset and a few good services, anyone can turn a hobby or creative outlet into a lucrative and fulfilling side hustle. Galloway joined EverydayFamily’s Shiloh Johnson to give us some more information on getting your side hustle started. See the full interview here:

Galloway explained that a side hustle can be almost anything. It’s a passion, interest, or hobby that you’re really good at. It’s something that will let you make some extra money on the side. But it’s not going to replace your day job. Galloway remembered how one of her clients invented a product called Super Blanky. It’s a blanket that is also a cape. She created this while she was doing story time with her kids and for her niece and nephew, but now they’re sold at Target!

So what are some tips to help you turn your hobby into a side hustle?

TIME MANAGEMENT: To have a successful side hustle, you do have to be a bit of a time management ninja! Time management is essential for parents or anyone with a side hustle. But is hard to do without reminders. Learn how to use technology to map out and keep up with your to-do list. Parent entrepreneurs will always have trouble finding extra time, balancing quality family time with work. But we find time for the things that we need or want to do. If it fills your cup, make time for it! 

{ MORE: Tips for Making School Lunches Your Kids Will Actually Eat }

WEBSITE TOOLS: If you’re going to start a side hustle, you have to put yourself out there. Now, we live in the age of social media, so social media is a great place to start. Get the word out in your personal network, with people you know. But remember, Facebook is a business too, so it’s not your own personal platform. You will still need or want a website to send people to for more information on your product. A website gives your project credibility as well as a way for people to find your business and learn more about you. Find a website builder that allows you to make changes on-the-go and has marketing and payment tools built-in.

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And starting a website doesn’t have to be hard. GoDaddy’s GoCentral is a good place to start. You can build a website on your cell phone and manage it from your cell phone! Galloway added, “Do not go hire a web designer for $10,000 for your side hustle!”

AVOID BURNOUT: The only way to achieve more or do more is by making sure that self-care doesn’t get compromised. Make time for yourself, make quality time for your family. Get your family involved in your side hustle!

ON-THE-GO RESOURCES: It may take some research, but find resources and partners that you can interact with from your phone to save you time. Find resources and more ideas at GoDaddy.com.

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Image via Mom Biz Coach

Good luck all you entrepreneurs! 

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How to Profit from Your Hobby by Turning It into a Side Hustle

I've lived all over the place! I was born in Hawaii, grew up in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, enjoyed some time in the cities of the Bay Area, and even spent a few years in Arizona. These days I am living in beautiful Colorado and loving it. I live with my husband, baby boy, my mom, and our 5 pets (3 cats, 2 dogs). There's a lot of love in our little condo! A few of my favorite things include: Pretty dresses (especially ones I can wear while breastfeeding/pumping these days.) Tea parties wi ... More

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