Thinking about starting a side hustle?
There’s a good chance you’re already sitting on a profitable idea. Every day, people from all walks of life are turning their hobbies, passions, and creative outlets into lucrative side hustles. All it takes is a little willpower and entrepreneurial thinking.
You may have a laundry list of excuses keeping you from getting your idea off the ground, but don’t let these ten myths about side hustle stand in your way.
1. I don’t have the time
Do you keep telling yourself that you don’t have time to start the side gig you’ve been dreaming of? You need to rethink how much time you actually need.
The average side hustler spends about 12–15 hours a week on their gig, but every job is different. Starting an online store on Etsy to sell vintage clothes, for example, could take only a few hours on the weekend.
Try keeping a time diary for two weeks, and keep track of where your free time goes. If you can find a few hours a week to spare, you can start bringing your idea to life.
2. Someone else will make this happen before me
The only person that can slow down your new gig is you. Maybe you keep telling yourself that there’s someone else out there who is better qualified to make your dream a reality, and that myth is standing between you and a successful venture.
The gig economy is growing every day, with new opportunities and industries to get involved in. You don’t need to be the best, you just need to find your passion.
Whether it’s creating a new app or playing music at a local coffee shop, you can channel your energy and drive into bringing your unique idea to life.
3. I don’t have any ideas for a side hustle
Many side hustles are born from hobbies, art-making, writing, or other creative outlets. In fact, many people start their side hustles by marketing something they were already doing in their spare time once they recognize its value to others.
Do you crochet? Like to tinker with and fix gadgets?
Turning your passions into a side hustle might be as simple as looking at the things you already spend your free time on in a different light. If what you’re doing is valuable to you, it’s likely valuable to someone else too.
4. I need some vacation time to get my side hustle started
It may feel like you need a big chunk of time to get started on your new side hustle, but waiting for a three-week break from your day job before you put time into your idea will keep you from making your side hustle a successful part of your daily life.
Side hustles are about taking advantage of the short breaks in your daily and weekly routine.
Start good habits now by taking just a few minutes a day to work on your hustle—just 30 minutes of writing, making, or planning per day will add up quickly over time.
5. My idea won’t make me enough money
Most side hustles start small and grow over time—though some can start at more than $20 per hour.
Whether your side gig makes $5 or $50, if you focus your passions into something, that motivation and drive will help you find your path to success.
Channeling your creative energy into a business venture that feels more important to you than money is a great way to nurture your side hustle during those early stages. With enough passion and drive, your idea may grow into an entire career. Blogging about your favorite recipes could lead to a part-time private chef gig or maybe even a full-time food truck.
6. Nobody will be interested in this
There are communities out there for almost every hobby, passion, and creative outlet. Finding a crowd of like-minded people to keep you motivated is key.
Whether you’re a dog walker or you’re into basket-weaving, you can find a community to grow your market.
Look for groups on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Reddit that share your passion, and send out feelers to see if your business ideas resonate with your crowd.
Once you find a niche, make yourself part of the community in a genuine way, and your shared enthusiasm will help your business prosper.
7. I can’t afford the risk
Side hustles don’t have to be risky. In fact, most of them are simple jobs meant to supplement your steady day-to-day income. Most employers recognize that side hustles can make for better employees.
If you have ambitious plans to turn your side hustle into your main gig, take it slow and get to know the risks first.
If putting your idea into action still feels risky, you can test the waters slowly. Use your days off to formulate a business plan or proposal, and shop your idea around to friends, family, and people in your network to see how people respond to your idea.
8. I don’t have the tools to start a business
Starting a business is easier than ever. The side-gig economy is thriving, and there are more tools available for part-time small-business owners than ever before. The tools you need to start a small business are readily available, if you’re willing to learn how to use them.
Turn your spare room into a home office. Advertise in your local community. If you’re ready to start working, you have all the tools you need.
9. I don’t have any experience
You can’t get experience by waiting for it. The best way to get experience in something is to start investing your time into it. If you want to write for a living, start a blog to show your experience and craft. If you’re looking to make a new product, start prototyping at your workbench and learn by doing.
Spending some time getting your hands dirty will help motivate you to make your side hustle happen, and your experience will grow quickly over time. Once your side hustle is thriving, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to get started.
10. I’m just not ready to get started
You don’t have to start your side hustle all at once, and you don’t need to finalize your ten-year business plan before setting off on your side hustle journey. Take your new venture day by day, and look for opportunities to grow your idea slowly over time.
There will always be obstacles when starting something new, but with patience and perseverance, you’ll find your path to success.
When you see an opportunity for growth, don’t hesitate to seize the moment; you’ll know when the time is right to give your side gig your full attention.
2018 is the year of the side hustle. If you’re ready to pursue an additional income source, get started now. You don’t want to spend your life wishing you had pursued something you’re passionate about.
Avoid these myths, and start working your side hustle today.