Your side hustle can become a profitable business, but if you work full-time, sometimes it makes you wonder whether or not it is feasible to move forward with your side endeavors. The good news is that you absolutely can grow your side hustle while working full-time! However, you'll need to sacrifice certain comforts and conveniences in order to do so.
Perhaps, instead of going out to clubs on weekends, you can use those days to work on your side hustle. Instead of spending your downtime with Instagram, use this time to read books you purchased about your business idea and how to reach new customers. Here are other ways to grow your side hustle even if you work full-time.
There will be distractions, but it doesn't mean that you need to give into them. Set your hours for working on your side hustle, and eliminate all distractions during this time. If necessary, place your phone in another room while working on your business idea and delete any browser extensions that are likely to cause a distraction. Let your friends and relatives know that you won't be available for a certain amount of time so that you can focus on the tasks at hand.
Invest in Self-Educational Tools
If you're going to grow your side hustle, it's paramount that you invest in yourself and the necessary tools to grow your business. This is not limited to obtaining a formal academic degree, although it could help with certain side hustles. Outside of that, it would be best if you learned all that you can about the industry your side hustle represents and how to succeed well in it. Suppose you're starting a website design company. In that case, you may have to invest in online courses, better computer equipment, the latest web design software, or promotional materials to help you spread the word to potential customers.
Develop a Healthy Sleep Schedule
We often hear about people who stay up late at night after getting home from their regular jobs to work on their side hustles. However, this is not always feasible for everyone, and you should get in as much sleep as needed. You can wake up to work on your side hustle at an earlier time if you have to be at your regular job later in the day or if you work during overnight hours.
Offer a Giveaway Contest
When you're in the initial stages of growing your side hustle, you may or may not receive many paying customers. As a way of promoting your business, start by bartering services with others or offering small discounts. For instance, if you sell homemade candies, maybe create a giveaway and include your business cards with each package sent to the winner. The business card should always have your website, email address, business phone number, and mailing address.