A side gig is a great way to earn some money while enjoying yourself, especially if it something you have always been passionate about. If you have thought about turning your side gig into a business, then here are the top 6 pieces of advice from experts.
A side gig is essentially a piece of work or a job that you get paid for doing in addition to doing your primary job, but it can go from being a small addition to your income to become your primary business.
Treat it like a business even when you are still starting.
One of the main ways you can do this is by never working for free. This is especially important for freelancers. You may not earn a lot of money when you are starting, so don’t have sky-high expectations but refuse to work for free.
Weekends are side gig days.
Utilise your weekends to plan and do actual work related to your side gig. Have a schedule so that you aren’t wasting any time.
Don’t be in a huge hurry to start up your side gig as a full-time business.
Your side gig should be just that – a side gig, for a relatively good amount of time before you are ready to start up as a full-fledged business. Don’t hurry and get started as a business before you are fully prepared for it financially, mentally, socially and physically.
Financial stability is key.
Any business needs funding. Figuring out where you are going to get the financing for your new company is essential. You are more likely to get investors if your side gig is already gaining popularity, and you have been earning a steady income from it for a while. Keeping track of the money you have received on the job, gig related expenses and other financial aspects will help you when you make a move to start the business.
Consider taking on a partner.
You could take on a partner in the business. If the partner is someone who has always supported your side gig that would be the best option, but you could also rope in someone new who you trust to have a firm grip of things related to the business.
Risk is an inevitable part of starting a new business. However, when you already have a side gig and are transitioning to a full-time career in that, it is just as risky as moving to a new area of work. Having business insurance is also advisable.
Being your boss is something that many people dream about and turning your side gig into a full-time business could be the best way for you to get started on the dream.