Run Your Side Hustle Like a Business (While Improving Your Personal Life)

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By: Jennifer McGregor

Starting a side hustle can create a new source of income for your household. Whether you are trying to get closer to your financial goals as a new mom or simply want to have a little extra cash in your pocket, a side hustle can provide that for you.

But another advantage: starting a side hustle can turn into a real life business, which can be ideal if you’re passionate about the work. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy! To succeed at any level, you will need to figure out how to provide top-notch services or products while also fostering your health and well-being. Here are some ideas for how you can get started.

Treat Your Side Hustle Like a Business- Right from the Start, just incase?

First of all, whether or not you plan to convert your side hustle into a business, your chances of success will improve if you treat it as such.

Come at your side hustle with a strategy.

  • Brainstorm ideas.

  • Research the market until you find one that can be profitable.

Once you’ve settled on a business idea:

  • Write a business plan

  • That outlines your mission statement

  • Core values

  • Target audience

  • Marketing strategies

  • Financial projections

  • Other important factors.

When it comes to funding, you always have the option of a small business loan; however, you may also be eligible for a government grant depending on your industry, business type and region. Winning a grant requires a first-class application, so practice due diligence and have a clear understanding of what you’re applying for and how it can help launch your business.

And that’s only the beginning of starting a business.

You’ll also need to:

  • Develop your brand

  • Create a website, which will serve as the center of your marketing efforts.

  • Make business cards

  • Research other ways that you can effectively promote your brand. Like social media, flyers, word of mouth, events, etc.

Once you get the ball rolling, here are some things to consider...

Take Care of Your Body

If you lose sight of your health and wellness goals while you add extra work to your life, you’re not going to get any happier. Make sure you are eating a nutritious diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and wholesome protein sources. Find a fitness routine that you enjoy and come up with a plan that you can stick to!

Furthermore, give your body and mind plenty of sleep; create a bedtime routine that helps you get at least seven/eight hours each night. Start with shutting down devices at least an hour before bed. Enjoy a soothing cup of mugwort and valerian tea, and try meditating for at least 5 minutes to help ground yourself and prepare for sleep.

Keep in Touch With Loved Ones & Ask for Advice

We are social beings. Ask the people closest to you for their opinion on your business progress. It can be easy to get so involved that we can't see the forest through the trees.

Make Time for Yourself OUTSIDE of your business.

Through it all, be sure to designate time for yourself. When we become passionate about something we can obsess into stress. This might mean waking up a little earlier or turning off the business progress earlier at night to enjoy journaling, reading or time with a loved one. Prioritize time to recharge and maintain a healthy perspective on life.

If your goal is to supplement your income or change your career path, starting a side hustle is an excellent way to accomplish it. Be sure to view your side hustle as a business and strategize accordingly. Prioritize your health and wellness each day, and stay connected to the people who are most important to you. Lastly, remember to make time for relaxing and rejuvenating self-care activities. In no time, you’ll be improving your finances and overall health!

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