Starting a side hustle whilst working full time!

posted 5 months ago in Beehive
Post # 2
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Helper bee

Just do it. Talk is easy but actually devoting the time and attention is the hard part.. extra work is actually extra work. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

A few years ago I had an Etsy shop that I managed on the side.  It was a lot of work, but I was single and needed the cash, so I made it work.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

I am in the accounting field and made a side hustle of doing bookkeeping for a local clinic. It helped me learn that I did NOT want to go into public accounting, haha! 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Mrs_Beer :  I no longer need the money and since i met my SO I have a lot less down time.  I managed the store for 2 years and it was profitable and fun.  I highly recommend it if you have the time, but when it becomes a chore, then you can reevaluate.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

Mrs_Beer :  my husband is doing this now! My tips would be to treat it like a business from day 1. Don’t wait until you start making money. My husband had some start-up costs and some paying jobs last year but overall it was a net loss and I made sure we took the loss on our taxes! He would have waited until he had a profitable year to start reporting it which is silly. So far this year he’s in the black which is great. Don’t undersell yourself either. My husband has had people want him to do jobs for laughably small money – he did a few of those and then realized he does have the skills to get more professional jobs and focuses on those rather than taking any little thing that comes his way so that he maximizes his time. He has a full time job and we have a kid and dog. It leaves him very little time to do his side gig so he takes advantage of any spare time he has, even if it’s only 30 minutes some days. 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

Mrs_Beer :  oh! and I don’t know what your business is, but make sure you’re properly insured! Not all types of side gigs need it (an Etsy shop won’t, for example) but research what might be applicable for your situation. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I would love to start a side gig as im very artistic, but I dont have the business knowledge to even know where to start. 

One of my gf does chalkboards and calligraphy for things like weddings, parties etc. And she loves it and makes decent money doing so. Im jealous cause i love that kind of stuff but my handwriting skills are garbage….. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

Mrs_Beer :  yup! Speaking as a litigation paralegal who has done insurance defense work in the past….the better the insurance the better the lawyer they will pay for lol. Hopefully that won’t be an issue though – unless you’re creating/selling something potentially dangerous it’s probably unlikely you’ll get sued. 

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