Make Your Side Hustle a Full-Time Success
By Victoria Stacey

They say you won’t work a day in your life if you are truly passionate about what you do.

There are so many creative people who work on what they are passionate about outside of their day-to-day careers. With dreams of pursuing their creative endeavours full-time, how do you take the next step and turn your side hustle into your main focus?

1. Get started! 

Creative people often have 100 ideas on their mind. Our best advice? Choose your top three and see which one sticks. Validate your ideas amongst the people who would most likely buy your product, or use your service. Which one makes the most sense? 

Getting started is often the hardest part of any creative endeavour. If you are interested in photography, start researching cameras, so you know the best one to purchase for your needs. Thinking about opening an Etsy shop? It’s easy, free and only takes about 10 minutes to get started. Once you’ve taken the first step to starting your side hustle, you will begin to see its full-time potential more clearly.

2. Don’t jump in head first

Most entrepreneurs who have successfully turned their side hustles full-time will tell you not to quit your day job right away. Rather, test the waters, validate your business, and when your side hustle is becoming too difficult to manage with a full-time job, consider taking the leap. 

While there is never a perfect time to make the transition (and you will never feel like you are totally ready), do it when you feel like you are mentally, emotionally and financially prepared to make the jump. Otherwise, you might end up back in the 9-to-5 life you wanted to leave in the first place.

3. Find your community

Whether it’s a Facebook group, an accountability squad, or a weekly meet up, find others like you to build a community around. It could be people who have similar businesses, or getting in front of an audience of potential buyers. Regardless, finding a community is incredibly important, especially if you are the sole employee of your business.

Being an entrepreneur can be incredibly lonely. But, finding a tribe that can relate to you, keep you accountable on your deadlines, and provides a little bit of inspiration can certainly go a long way.

4. Learn to face rejection

When you are starting your own business you’re going to have to get used to a few left swipes before you find the perfect match. Being a business owner means you are going to face a lot more rejection and less than favourable opportunities than you would working for someone else. 

This can be one of the hardest parts of becoming an entrepreneur, and it’s something you will face right from the start. But if you want your side hustle to be successful, you need to learn how to accept every rejection and turn it into a positive growth opportunity for yourself, and your business.

5. Say no

Just as you will get many ‘no’s’ yourself, you need to learn how to say no to others as well. As you are building your side hustle and it becomes more successful, it will become necessary to learn to say no when the opportunity isn’t right.

When it gets to the point where you can say ‘no’ because you don’t have the time to take on more projects — or you’re able to say no to an undesirable client because you know you’ll get an amazing one next time, you might be ready to take the leap into full-time hustle mode.

Are you interested in a creative side hustle but don’t know where to start? Check out our list of creative careers that pay off big time!

Victoria Stacey

Victoria is a Toronto-based crafty gal who loves to share her passion for crafting and DIY with others. Whether it's creating a video for her blog or teaching a craft workshop in Toronto, you will always see Victoria with scissors in her hands or paint on her legs. Learn more about Victoria and see some of her creations @vickiistace on Instagram.

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