Like a lot of people in the world, I work a regular Monday through Friday 9 to 5 job–and I LOVE my work! I really do.

But, I’m also someone who likes to stay busy…so in between park trips with the pups, keeping up the house, filming, composing, improv comedy rehearsals, and spending time with family, I’ve been enjoying helping a wonderful friend with her event planning business.

It’s nice to be your own boss from time to time. And trust me, the extra cash money isn’t bad either. At our most recent event, I was able to help design the decor and document the special day with some pictures. Here’s a sneak peek of the big day…

 

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It’s a fun little hobby that we both can enjoy that also helps us pay our bills, take vacations, buy fun things, and save for our goals! One of my personal goals of which is buying a new house!

I’ll be documenting that journey here shortly, so stay tuned to see how I’m saving money monthly for a new home!

Anyways, my point is that there’s nothing wrong with a little side hustle. And I’m so grateful that I work in an environment where we are encouraged to be strong, independent, boss ladies outside of work. In fact, my current boss has even helped me learn the ropes of owning your own business. She ROCKS!

Sadly, this wasn’t always the case for me…

I’ve written about my previous job and everything that lead up to placing me where I am now on my life journey. It’s a crazy story…you can check out part 1 and part 2 here.

Shedding Feathers: My Story Part 1

Up, Up, and Away: My Story Part 2

If you’re looking for a way to earn a little extra cash, pay off some bills, or save up for a nice vacation, here are a few tips on how to accomplish that.

How to Earn Extra Income With a Side Business

Tip 1: Think about what you’re passionate about. If you love photography, take a few classes, build up a portfolio, and ask wedding planners in your area to share your information with their brides to be. If you love animals, making dog walking, pet sitting, or grooming would be a great side job for you.

Tip 2: Write out a business plan. It’s important to really take the time to think about what will be needed to start your business. Will you need a website? How about marketing flyers? Does your business require you to have specific types of equipment? Write it all out and put a plan together about how you’re going to get your business up and running.

Tip 3: Learn the legal side of owning a business. It’s super important to understand that anytime you open a business and make money, you’re responsible for all the legal and financial stuff that comes with your business. This means registering your business with your state for tax purposes, learning about what you may be held liable for if something goes wrong with your services, and purchasing insurance to protect yourself and your bank account.

I know, it sounds scary at first, but it’s really not bad at all. Small Business for Dummies is a great resource that you can use to get started.

Tip 4: Commit! This is a big one! It’s so easy to get started with your business, then give up. Don’t do that. If you pick something you truly love to do, you should be ready and excited to make your side business work!

Tip 5: Have fun! There’s no point in working on the weekends if you’re going to be miserable doing it. Make sure that whatever you chose is going to be fun for you!

Tip 6: Have your family members or friends help you out! Do you have a cousin that’s great at web design? Ask him to help you build a website. Or, do you have a friend that passionate about the same things you are? Enroll her as an assistant to you in your business. Build a community of people that can help you reach your goals.

Tip 7: Have patience. Not many businesses are a hit right out of the gate. It takes time to build a client list, generate traffic to your website, and start making good money. I’m not going to get into all the technical ins and outs of digital marketing–maybe I’ll do that in another post down the road! But, If you’re having trouble finding clients, I suggest you look into some digital marketing assets, like online advertising, to help you out!

Well, there you have it. There’s nothing wrong with a little side hustle, especially when it puts some extra money in your pocket. I’m so grateful I love what I do both fulltime and on the side for work.

If you’re looking to generate some extra income, I encourage you to go for it! I promise you won’t regret it.

Best of luck,

Ali