TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE EXTRA CASH ON YOUR LEASURE TIME
It’s always funny to me when people tell me they don’t have enough time for their regular job, let alone a freelance business on the side.
Well, I actually have a secret I’d like to tell you that might blow your mind…
There’s no doubt about it: starting a freelance business will take time — but not nearly as much as you think.
Can you spare an hour a day to freelancing? How about a few hours on the weekends?
I’m guessing that you can. Maybe instead of spending after work time endlessly binging Netflix or browsing Reddit, you can devote yourself to starting a business that can earn you extra thousands this year. Hell, work from a laptop on the couch while streaming; Netflix and Making Money is the new Netflix and Chill.
Saying “I don’t have the time” is really saying “This is not a priority.” Try that out. “Making more money is not a priority.” Compared to “Browsing Facebook is not a priority.” Which one of those is true?
Mental Barrier #2: But I’m so tired after work!
This is actually a very valid concern. After all, many of us work long eight hour days — how are we expected to come home and work on freelancing when all we want to do is pour ourselves some wine and put on the latest episode of The Bachelor (or is that just me..)?
It’s difficult — but you can actually do it successfully with some simple psychology.
Imagine a smoker. Many smokers know that smoking is a bad habit and is terrible for their health — but they still do it because of cognitive dissonance.
What they’ll say is, “Yeah, I know it’s really bad for me but I work really hard and I deserve this pack of cigarettes.”
It’s the same thing as starting an online business. At the end of a long work day, you’ll say to yourself, “I worked all day and dealt with my dumb boss and blah blah blah. I really deserve to kick back and watch Netflix.”
Instead of falling victim to cognitive dissonance, remember this question:
When you look at some successful freelancers who earn hundreds of dollars an hour, many will think, “I’ll never be able to earn that!”
But you WILL as long as you start today. And a year from now, you’ll be earning much more than you would if you didn’t do anything at all.
Mental Barrier #3: I don’t have a good business idea!
This is the most common barrier preventing people from making money freelancing: not knowing what type of work they want to do.
As I’ve outlined in the steps above, though, it’s simple to identify your profitable skills as long as you look at 4 things:
- What do you already pay for?
- What skills do you have?
- What do your friends say you’re great at?
- What do you do on a Saturday morning?
And the answer to this mental barrier will serve as the very first step in creating your side business.
If you’re still stuck, I have a list of 30 proven business ideas to inspire you (or for you to copy).