Side hustles can be awesome things. They are terrific ways to dip your toes into entrepreneurship and see if your business idea is a viable one. That being said, there are things you can do today to increase your chances of launching a successful side hustle. In this episode of Connection Loop, Dubb founder Ruben Dua and Craig Clickner share tips and insights for side hustling success. Some of the insights that you will hear in this episode include the following:
In entrepreneurship, the will to win is more important than any particular tactic. You can have the most elaborate strategy, vision, or plan on how you are going to take your side hustle from point A to point B. However, if you don’t have that will to win, you are going to find it extremely difficult to achieve your side-hustling goals. While it may seem less important than things like product or marketing, mindset can be your greatest asset.
Side hustling can be a great option if you aren’t entirely sure about whether a startup is right for you. Better yet, you can minimize risks when doing so. While you may need to make some sacrifices of your personal time, starting a side hustle can be a great way to manage your risk and test your business idea. If you see your side hustle take off, you can seamlessly transition into making your side hustle your full-time gig.
Many new entrepreneurs focus on the “what.” In other words, they focus on the particular idea that they have and the potential that it can bring to the world. While ideas are important, Craig recommends that we look at the “who.” By the “who,” Craig means who has already created the type of success that you want in life. Those entrepreneurs can help you so much more and can help pave the way for your own success. Definitely don’t ignore the “who” when you are building your side hustle.
Community is an important part of building any business. While there are solopreneurs that are successful, everyone needs a sounding board to air their problems, issues, and dilemmas. Even if you are starting your side hustle by yourself, try to find a friend or group of people that can help support you during those easy and not-so-easy moments. In many cases, that group can provide more value than you can imagine.
Your initial side hustling idea doesn’t have to be your final side hustle idea. In fact, the initial idea is often a starting off point to see what your customers actually want. Because of this, don’t feel like you need to have the “perfect” idea before you get started. It should be a way for you to get started on your entrepreneurial journey.
This is an outstanding episode if you have already started a side hustle or you are thinking of starting a side hustle. No matter what your side hustle is or what market you plan on attacking, Craig has some killer insights that can help you maximize the odds of your side hustle’s success. Enjoy the conversation!
Craig Clickner is the co-owner of Tandem Consulting and the co-founder of Tandem Giving. He is also the host of a podcast called Tandem Talks. This June, Craig is also coming out with a book called So You Want to Start a Side Hustle? Ultimately, Craig has extensive experience in side hustles and side hustling, so he is the perfect person to speak about how you can achieve side hustling success. Before diving full-first into the startup and side hustle world, Craig worked in the banking industry.
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Connection Loop is a podcast hosted by Dubb Founder, Ruben Dua. The show focuses on the stories of leaders, innovators, and friends — all in a conversational format. This show is brought to you by dubb.com.