If you want to turn your side-hustle into a full-time gig, you’re looking for two things: confirmation and actionable steps. Let’s begin with confirmation. If you’re earning a decent amount from your part-time gig (and you love doing it), then it’s definitely worth exploring going full-time. But, this obviously depends on how much you earn. Of course, if the second income is near or equal to your full-time job, then that’s solid confirmation. Now, let’s take a more in-depth look.
The Side-Hustle Economy
An astounding 44 million people have an active side-hustle, with 25 percent of millennials stating they earn an extra $500 per month, according to Bankrate.com. That, of course, is equivalent to about $6,000 per year gross, or approximately $4,500 net, after taxes. Such additional income can easily be used in a number of ways. For instance, putting a good portion of it back into the side business to grow it larger and larger.
With technology on their side and passion in their hearts, many individuals opt to start their own company while they’re working for someone else. But turning your side hustle into your primary occupation is not simple. It takes courage and faith to take the leap into entrepreneurship. —Business News Daily
Obviously, you can’t make the switch if that’s all you’re earning. So, you’ve still got work to do to get to make the leap. The good news is with today’s technology, you have a definite advantage. By simply making tweaks here and there, you can grow a small side-hustle into a replacement of your full-time income.
How to Turn Your Side-Hustle into a Full-Time Gig
Next, we’ve got to take a look at how to get from point A to point B. So, here’s some things to do to turn your side-hustle into a full-time gig:
- Build it up, incrementally. If you really want to make the change, you’ll have to grow your side-hustle income. But, don’t try to rush it. Go with the ebb and flow so you don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress and feel overwhelmed. Small steps mean hitting realistic goals one at a time to get to an ultimate point.
- Run the take-home earnings numbers. As you grow the side-hustle incrementally, be sure to stay vigilant (and pragmatic) about your net take-home income. In other words, factor in overhead, including tools, insurance, labor, rent space, advertising, and every single expense. Then, calculate what you actually net.
- Save up your retained earnings. A good part of the process is to have some peace-of-mind. That means having extra cash in the bank (in your business account). Build up your retained earnings so you don’t fall prey to unexpected expenses.
- Hire others to help out early-on. One huge mistake entrepreneurs make is to hold onto every little task. The way to beat this urge is to start with farming small things out and then eventually letting others do the bigger parts.
Have you transformed a side-hustle into a full-time gig? What other advice would you give? Please share your thoughts and experiences by commenting!
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