My First Side Hustle Ideas

My list of possible first side hustle ideas is getting to be quite long! Some are plausible, some might only be a dream, but the goal has been achieved and I’m thinking of ways to generate income.

The biggest lesson I’m learning throughout this journey is to be flexible. Ideas that I felt would be the strongest, have fizzled. Stronger ideas spun from those dead ends and my excitement grew. I would love to start my own real, physical business. My dream would be to walk through the doors of an establishment that I own, and work for myself. That’s thinking big. One day, I’ll get there but for now I have to start somewhere.

First Side Hustle Ideas:

Initially my side hustle ideas focused on my hobbies: lawn care, gardening, wood working, home brewing, blogging… and then expanded to cover topics that my friends and family call on me for advice: computers, internet, tech support, home automation, streaming television.

However, as Chris Guillebeau brilliantly says in The $100 Startup, “... you usually don’t get paid for your hobby itself; you get paid for helping other people pursue the hobby or for something indirectly related to it.” So, the first ideas I have chosen to pursue revolve around sharing my knowledge and information as a service provided to others with the same interest or hobby.

Be Flexible!

And here is where I say “you need to be flexible.” All that momentum was slowed when I started having server downtime issues with the web hosting company I was using. Since my initial idea revolved around creating a website to share my knowledge, I needed to find a solution, quickly. The web hosting company’s support was horrible, and not very helpful… So everything was on pause while I backed-up my entire server, and moved it to another hosting provider. [Note: this is why there has been a gap since my last post]

I was lucky and able to get a prorated refund for the time left on my contract. Then I was able to find, what I think, worked out to be an even better solution for me, with 1&1 Web Hosting. Since I plan to also blog about the tools and services I’m using along this pursuit, I plan to do a full write up on what they offer at some point. All you need to know for now, is that I was able to register a domain, get a free SSL certificate, install WordPress very quickly, and was very impressed with their automated application install (which even configured WordPress automatically for the included SSL certificate).

Now that the server move is complete, I’m back to working on my side hustle.

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Generating Side Hustle Ideas

The goal this week:

Generate as many ideas for a side hustle as possible, any idea. If it excites me as a possible side hustle, jot it down. I wanted to have a list of at least 25 (semi-possible) ideas by the end of the week. I had an 8 hour drive for work and a lot of time to think. During the drive, to help with idea generation, I listened to three audio books:

  1. Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days” by Chris Guillebeau – [For the 2nd time]
  2. What If It Does Work Out?: How a Side Hustle Can Change Your Life” by Susie Moore
  3. The $100 Startup” by Chris Guillebeau

Driving has always been a great way for me to plow through some audiobooks. However, it is horrible when the ideas are flowing, since there isn’t a (safe) way to jot the notes down. Usually, OneNote is my favorite note taking app and has been for some time now. I’m able to jot down ideas as they come, reorganize, delete, change, and expand as I go. Therefore, I resorted to many “Hey Siri” shout-outs, and added the ideas to my reminders. Then, later that evening, I reorganized them all in to my notes.

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The Start

Lately, I’ve been reading more about the concept of a “side hustle.” The basic idea is to find ways to earn side income either from doing tasks or providing services outside of your normal source of income. I’ve challenged myself to find things that:

  1. I have good working knowledge.
  2. Come easy to me. (Meaning: no stress!)
  3. Don’t take up a lot of time.
  4. I enjoy doing.
  5. Can possibly earn enough monthly to pay at least one of our bills.

Because of this, I’ve decided to start this blog to document my progress.

Get some ideas too:

  1. Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days
  2. What If It Does Work Out?: How a Side Hustle Can Change Your Life
  3. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
  4. The Side Hustle Path: 10 Proven Ways to Make Money Outside of Your Day Job (Volume 1)
  5. Side Hustle Blueprint (2nd Edition): How to Make an Extra $1000 in 30 Days Without Leaving Your Day Job!