Remember, a successful side hustle is all about doing the best with what you have. What you have is a clear set of skills that have already proven to get you results. So let’s brainstorm how you can use them in the best way possible.
Maybe you want to start a knitting group where people pay you $100 for two hours to teach them how to knit on a Sunday. Now, how can you apply your skills to move the (knitting) needle forward?
Your openness to asking questions is going to be a huge strength in building your side hustle. Who could you ask for advice on starting a weekly group? Who’s done something similar who can guide you? Who can point out the unexpected pitfalls to avoid?
You’ll want to lean on your network and strong sense of community, too. Who can you invite to join the club? Who are the social butterflies with big circles that will spread the word quickly? Who knows somebody at Creative Knitters magazine that can run a feature on your new club? You had a way of making your friends want to connect your sister with their HR directors. How can you use that same mentality to incentivize people to spread the word about your knitting club? How can you get people excited about being part of your community?
Your compelling positioning and follow-up skills will be invaluable when it comes to securing venues. How can you show the venue that it would benefit them to let your club use the space? How can you follow up in a non-sleazy way to ensure you get a "yes"?
Or, you can call on your real estate negotiating skills to research, create, and price a highly valuable online course teaching people to knit, or start a virtual knitting group with people from around the world.
You already have a knack for determining value and price point and could easily apply these incredibly advantageous business skills to your side hustle by researching current market offerings that other product/service providers are giving at each price point.
Since your real estate experience taught you the importance of timing, you plan to launch your online knitting course in the months before winter when interest starts to pick up.
Not convinced that knitting sounds like a serious enough side hustle to pursue? I know of a woman who makes six figures teaching knitting online. No talent or experience is too small to profit from. What skills are you downplaying that others might admire and want to learn from?
You don’t need to know everything right now—you just need to know enough to get started. Good luck!
Based on excerpts from What If It Does Work Out? by Susie Moore, with the permission of Ixia Press. Copyright © 2017.
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