“The white-hot pitch of creativity is only useful to those who know what to do with it,” says Twyla Tharp in her best-selling book, The Creative Habit. In it, she shares skills learned as a lifelong accomplished choreographer that help make creativity work better for you. It’s filled with ideas and exercises made to enhance your craft, whatever that may be, with better tools—both mental and physical. While it does focus on those involved in “the arts,” there is plenty of wisdom for the modern multi-tasking creative. Here, some of her best pieces of advice put through the lens of a freelancer who must constantly juggle craft with commerce.
You’ve got a side gig. It’s cool. Way cooler than your 9-to-5. So cool that you’d like to make it your full-time hustle, but how?
Taking the leap from fully employed to fully independent freelancer can seem daunting – and it is challenging – but your dream job isn’t as far out of reach as you may think.
Here are seven concrete steps you can take to whip your side-hustle into full-time hustle shape.
The other day, I was in a meeting with my entire company when everyone started clapping for me. I work at a company with a supportive culture where we regularly celebrate one another’s accomplishments, so the clapping wasn’t particularly surprising, but what they were congratulating me for was. It wasn’t a campaign or piece of content for a client—in fact, it wasn’t related to my full-time job at all. The CEO had announced that I had an article published in Fast Company, a personal goal for my freelance writing career. It was that meeting that got me thinking more about the ways that a side hustle can help your full-time job.
There is a common misconception that having a side hustle is detrimental to one’s career. The myth is that if you’re doing something on the side, you aren’t 100 percent focused on your full-time job. I’ve found the opposite to be true: My writing and marketing outside of work makes me better at my job. I am constantly learning about new industries, fostering relationships, being creative, and making my writing stronger. Still skeptical? Here are five ways that a side hustle can actually help you at your full-time job.
In the US alone, there are over 28 million small businesses. Of those, an estimated 22 million consist of a single operating member—solopreneurs as I like to call them.
Many of these businesses got started as nothing more than the intersection of passion and skills that combined to create a side project with the ability to scale into something truly sustainable.
As someone who’s successfully launched four profitable side businesses over the past four years, I’ve learned a lot about how to turn your skills into a healthy side income. From building physical products to selling my consultative services, and building my own suite of digital products, I’ve been able to generate thousands in extra income each month.
If you’re ready to build a foundation for one day becoming gainfully self-employed, here are my top eight ways to get started with a profitable side business today.
If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re almost ready.
Are you stuck in your office right now, shielding your screen from co-workers’ eyes? Or are you scanning through it while at home, and dreading going into work tomorrow? Do you ask yourself when you’ll know it’s finally time to leave this 40-hour on-site lifestyle?
If you read through these five signs and can say “yup, I’m there” or even “I’m almost there,” you my be ready to make the leap from 9 to 5 – and it’s a lot easier than you think!