It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. You can start a side gig and begin earning money from it in just one weekend. The key is to find something you enjoy and are good at. It doesn’t hurt if your side gig also provides an in demand need for others.
If you are ready to start making money on the side, here is what you’ll need to do:
1. Decide what service you will provide and how much you’ll charge. Look at what you already do and the skills you already have. If you’re a teacher, maybe you could start a tutoring business. If you’re a seamstress, perhaps you could offer a tailoring service. If you’re good at writing resumes and highlighting people’s talents, perhaps you could start a resume writing service.
To determine how much to charge, look on the Internet to see what others are charging for similar services. If you don’t have a lot of experience, charge a bit less and then work your way up.
2. Set up a website. Every business now needs a website. Luckily, there are plenty of hosting companies like Intechnology which make it easy for users to buy web hosting and set up a website. If you aren’t sure how to do this, ask a teenager. Chances are, someone in your family or neighborhood is very good at setting up a basic website.
3. Begin advertising. To get clients, you need to advertise your business. There are also plenty of ways to advertise that are nearly free. Take advantage of social media sites such as Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Don’t forget LinkedIn. Also, consider putting up fliers where your customers often gather. If you’re going to offer math tutoring, put up fliers in the math department of your local college, for instance, or in the local coffee shop where students hang out.
4. Get your first client. Get your first client and offer outstanding services. That person will likely refer friends to you, and then your business will begin to grow.
Starting a side gig really isn’t that hard. Don’t be overwhelmed with the process. For a couple hours of hard work, you can be on your way to getting your first client and your first extra paycheck. If you’re good at what you do, soon more and more clients will come your way and you’ll have a healthy side income.