Eventually, you just need to get started. Yes, you need to reach the small goals that will lead you to your big goal, but eventually, you just need to get your idea out into the world and evaluate the response. You launch, refine, fix problems, and then keep going. Then, your side hustle gets better as you go.
In order to launch, set milestones that will force you to take action. Setting milestones for yourself will ensure that you actually take action and don’t delay. Every milestone should be tied directly to a date.
Think of it this way. Milestones equal movement. When you set milestones for yourself, it forces you to move forward and prevents you from trying to get everything perfect.
Like your goals, your milestones should also be realistic and achievable. The more you reach your milestones, the more encouraged you’ll be about your side hustle. The more encouraged you are, the more you’ll want to reach more milestones, which will keep your project moving at a rapid pace.
Determine How You Will Sell
Before you can launch your side hustle, you need to determine how you’re going to sell your product or service. Thankfully, there are dozens of ways to sell products and services.
You can always sell in person. If you’re selling a product, you can take it to trade shows and markets. You could even go from door to door if you have the courage. You can sell directly to your friends or host parties where you show off your product.
You can also sell just about any product or service online as well.
○ For example, if your product is crafty (like soap), artisan, or vintage you can sell on Etsy. ○ If you’re getting products from thrift shops, you can sell them on eBay or Poshmark. ○ If you’re trying to break into the freelance world, you can find jobs in dozens of industries on websites like Upwork, Fiverr, or Thumbtack. ○ If you’re selling eBooks, you can list them on Amazon. ○ If you’re promoting a course you’ve created, you can sell it through Kajabi, Teachable, Udemy, or Thinkific. ○ If you’re a handyman, you can find hundreds of jobs on TaskRabbit. ○ If you’re a coach, you can use Tailored.coach to connect with your clients.
No matter what you’re selling, there is an online platform to sell it. A simple way to find the platform that’s best for you is to Google “Sell [PRODUCT/SERVICE] online”. This will bring up dozens of results and allow you to find the best place to sell your product or service.
Once you’ve done the initial work up front, you simply need to get started. Your side hustle will NOT be perfect when you first launch it. You’ll make mistakes. You may have trouble landing your first customers. Regardless, you need to launch your side hustle.
Building a successful side hustle involves a lot of tweaking, refining, and making changes on the fly. If you try to get everything perfect before you launch, you’ll never get started.
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