Every adult should try to earn $1,000 of net profit through some sort of self-started side hustle. The $1,000 amount is small enough to be a realistic goal for any venture. $1,000 is also a significant enough amount to benefit just about anyone I know.
Beyond the $1,000 itself, there are a multitude of personal and professional benefits that come through attempting to earn some self-generated income. Those benefits include:
Development Of New Skills
When we settle into our main career there can be a tendency to become stagnant with personal and professional growth. With experience and proficiency at our main gig also comes the potential for a detrimental comfort to set in. It is a comfort that keeps us from developing skills beyond those required for our primary job.
Launching a side hustle, in your own private time, may involve tasks that require an entirely different set of skills. Skills other than the ones you rely on in your main career. You could even discover a new passion by dabbling in some other type of project you would have never experienced at your primary job.
You Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
Our primary jobs can often represent security and stability for us and our families. Even though the concept of security through corporate America seems to be eroding these days, there is still a sense of comfort in knowing you have a regularly scheduled direct deposit.
Taking on a side venture is unnerving, no matter how small the endeavor is. Even though you are staying fully engaged and employed at your primary job, just the thought of launching something by yourself can be scary. Yes, daydreaming about doing something on your own can be thrilling, but fears from doubt to unworthiness can quickly creep in as well.
It is fighting through these fears that will force you to grow. It is taking definitive action in the face of these nerves that will provide you with considerable opportunity to develop.
The biggest and most rewarding things in life are typically earned outside of your comfort zone.
You Will Appreciate Your Primary Job Even More
Earning a single dollar of self-generated gross revenue, forgetting net profit, is incredibly difficult. Once you take an actual step with your side hustle you will begin to see just how challenging it is to build something that can generate revenue. It is a mountainous task.
Most likely you will initially be sinking some of your own hard-earned cash into the project as opposed to taking out any profit. Once you are personally on the hook for funding a side venture you will begin to look at the pay from your primary employer in a totally different light.
The dream scenario is one day the income you earn from your side hustle will eclipse what you earn from your employer. Initially, though, you may only be gaining some renewed gratitude for earning a steady paycheck from your employer.
There is also an emotional component, beyond the dollars, to appreciating your primary job even more as a result of launching a side hustle. Launching and working on your own personal endeavor will make you feel more fulfilled in life.
The sense of joy you create through your side hustle can and will carry into your primary job. There will be a slight release of pressure from your primary job to have to be your singular means of work fulfillment.
If you are in the unfortunate position of begrudgingly toiling away at a primary job you hate, this phenomenon becomes even more pronounced and important for you.
You Will Have Fun
Attempting your own side hustle will be scary and challenging but it will also be fun. You will be doing work that is thought up by yourself. You will be working for the benefit of yourself. There will be joys felt unlike anything in your primary career.
Carrying out self-directed tasks is a completely different landscape of emotion rather than doing work assigned by a boss or middle manager. Just the work itself can be highly fulfilling and fun. Do not get me wrong, there can be tasks associated with a side hustle that still feel like a chore, but you are doing it for you.
When you are able to experience some form of a mini success from your side hustle it is incredibly rewarding. You will feel on top of the world. You will have absolutely earned the right to feel that way too.
This site, Still Feel 21, is my side hustle. I started this site and carry it forward each day with two main purposes. First, I want to honor my curiosity about being a writer and creating content.
Secondly, I want to heed a calling I feel for sharing ideas with my peers to help them take sensible steps towards some positive changes in life. I believe high-performance in life can benefit all of us regardless of what our calling in life may be.
While those two main purposes do not directly reflect the goal of generating a profit, I am treating this like a business. I do hope someday to be able to generate revenue from this site.
Right now, though, I am focusing on consistently creating and publishing content. I am focusing on trying to provide value for others.
This site has been an invaluable platform for me to learn new processes and hone new skills. I have worked on corporation formation, digital marketing, website creation, writing, and video production.
Working on this site has made the appreciation for my primary job increase tenfold. My perspective and outlook on my employer and what they provide for me has shifted dramatically. I am incredibly grateful for my primary job and the things it allows me and my family to do.
What kind of interests and passions do you have outside of your primary job? Is there some sort of side hustle that you can create from those interests? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts and any experiences you may have had pursuing a self-started endeavor.