“Every day I’m hustlin’” is the mantra for many Americans as they go to work trying to make a living.
For many people, their 9-to-5 job makes them enough income to live off of. But others may have to work two, or maybe even three part-time jobs to make enough money to live off of.
Even though many people are lucky enough to make a comfortable living at their day job, they may start to look for something to help them earn a little more money for fun things or to work toward their financial goals, and thus, they start a side hustle. It may be a temporary thing to save for a vacation or to pay off student loans. But for a lot of people a side hustle is a passion or hobby they enjoy doing and make some money doing it.
If you have a side hustle and want to grow it, here are a few ways you can grow your side hustle income.
Network, network, network! If you don’t tell more people about your business or ask your current clients to tell their friends, you aren’t going to grow your business. This doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. It can be as simple as asking for a referral or having your family and friends to spread the word.
Set Up an Etsy Shop or Facebook Page
The more you put yourself out there and showcase your work, the more potential you have for more jobs thus more money. Etsy is a global enterprise that allows crafters, artists, professionals, designers, and more to sell their goods and services. This has a global audience and can really increase jobs. Creating a Facebook page for your side hustle is another great way to network, show off your product or service, and conduct business.
Charge What You are Worth
This is every side hustler and self-employed person’s struggle. For example, if you only price your beautiful designs at $10 when they are really worth $50, you are shortchanging yourself and your wallet. Don’t overprice yourself, but see what others are charging or what you need to earn to meet your bottom line. People will pay you what you ask if you prove the quality you provide with your side hustle is worth it.
Partner with a Local Retailer
Depending on what your side hustle is, partnering with a local retailer or other small business can be a great way to gain exposure and increase your sales. You may be able to contract for a certain amount. Another option is to sell your work on consignment, or have the store purchase them from you and they can resell them after a mark-up.
Put in the Work
This is a no brainer, but if you really want to grow your business and side hustle income, you have to be prepared to work. If you need to spend nights and a couple of weekends working to produce new materials or filling new orders, then do it.
There are lots of ways and methods to make money on the side. There is no one stopping you from making money in your side hustle but yourself. I know a lot of people who have turned their side hustle into a full-time business. Utilize your network and resources. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or exchange services in order to gain skills and grow your side hustle income. Do your thing and get your side hustle on!
Do you side hustle? How have you grown your side hustle income? Can you think of other ways to grow your side hustle?
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