A Beginner’s Guide To Side Hustling and How To Get Started

February 1, 2022

I'm Amy! I'm a small business educator who got hooked on entrepreneurship after starting a cleaning business in college. Since my Clorox days, I've built many businesses. I've sold businesses. And I've helped small business owners do the same.


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Let me show you how to create a profitable side hustle from square one!

Have you ever been curious about starting a side hustle? Or maybe turning a wild idea or a skilled hobby into a thriving business? Perhaps the first thought you have when it comes to side hustling is time and how to fit a side hustle around your already busy schedule. Maybe you’ve even started a side hustle in the past but haven’t found the secrete formula for making it stick. Or maybe you only consider side hustling to be smaller revenue on the side because they require less time than your full time job, thus they should pay less and maybe aren’t worth your time.

Requiring less than 40 hours a week doesn’t make your side hustle small. It makes it powerful! Often times skilled side hustlers can grow their business so streamlined and strategically that they can match their paycheck on the side by working a fraction of their full-time schedule. My name is Amy and I’m obsessed with side hustles and the opportunities they bring.

Starting a side hustle is easier and more worth wild than you may think. So much so, that I created an entire company walking others through the process, educating them every step of the way. This post will introduce you to the opportunities to gain from side hustling, what a typical side hustler looks like today, and the first steps you can take to get started with yours!

Opportunities To Gain From Side Hustling

Your side hustle doesn’t need to match or even exceed your current paycheck but it can. It can be a more significant raise in your total income than you have in mind. That’s the beauty about creating your own business, is that you get to develop your products, services and price tag! With a profitable side hustle, an increase in cash can provide an abundance of opportunities for you and your household, if applicable. Perhaps the revenue earned from your side hustle provides your annual vacation(s), or is the revenue you use to pay off debt, or the income coming in used to put away in savings, or is your grocery money or simply adds to your household total income, increasing budget allowances across the board.

In addition to making more money and increasing your total income, one important thing to consider when it comes to the opportunities side hustles can bring, is increasing your streams of income. Having income coming in not just from your full-time job, but knowing that you also have another paycheck coming your way can be invaluable.

Side hustling and having an additional stream of income can even be thought of as job and income security. In an emergency situation or if something drastically changed for your full-time employment status, knowing you still have income landing inside your bank account and a proven way to make more of it, could very well be a lifeline for you and your household when it’s not acting as an amazing bonus.

What Side Hustling Looks Like Today

Today the world for a side hustler has more possibilities than ever before. When starting your side hustle, you can truly mold it uniquely to your life and lifestyle. Whether you’re a student, a full-time employee, a full-time parent or a combination, your side hustle can be created with all the flexibility needed to fit inside your schedule.

And with flexibility comes creativity. Today creative niche side hustles are all around us such as food photography, she-shed designers, mobile dog groomers and more! check out my 97 Ideas For Your Next Side Hustle free to download and read more wild creative ideas like these that could start building not just a profitable side hustle, but a fun one!

The best part about side hustling today is that we have an abundance of systems to streamline and automate your business so that it works for you, even when you’re not working! An example of this is auto-responders on emails, automation sequences from a client management system and online lead capturing! All of which can work for you full time while you’re in class, at work, on the go or off the clock! This allows you to truly make the most out of your already limited side hustle schedule and increase working hours for your business, even with you not present!

First Steps Toward Starting A Side Hustle

So where do you begin creating your side hustle? I believe there are three initial steps to take at the very beginning! To create a strategic and profitable side hustle destined to provide you with ample opportunity, declare what you are an expert in, decide what you want to do & what you want your business to do and begin mapping out a business plan to get started! My Side Hustler Starter Kit includes a full workbook dedicated to helping you to just this!

Creating a side hustle around an area of expertise is often easier to build and establish yourself as a trusted expert. Keep in mind that you can grow into your expertise as well. For example, maybe you’re extremely passionate about having a place all to yourself and filling it with whatever makes you the happiest. And from here, you decide to create a business designing she-sheds for women around your town. Maybe you’re not a hammer and nail expert out of the gate, but you are an expert in knowing why quality time with oneself is important. And you grow and learn the other skills, establishing yourself as THE she-shed designer to work with for your entire area, and beyond!

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There’s truth to what they say when you hear “the hustle is real“, but it can also be extremely rewarding and worth wild. Side hustles don’t need to drain your sleep schedule, give you more stress, put you in debt and bring in fractional income. Instead, side hustles can be this amazing way to be creative, expand your career and provide you with financial security and peace of mind. Plus, they can be really fun!

So is a side hustle right for you? Are you ready to dig into your side hustling career and transform you bank account? If so, I have an amazing place to start! Find your perfect side hustle match using my free download, 97 Ideas for Your Next Side Hustle. This free guide lists so many amazing, unique and niche ideas perfect for side hustling! Download your copy and let inspiration strike!

Already have a side hustle idea in mind? Then check out my Side Hustler Starter Kit! This 6-workbook bundle is the perfect starting place to take your side hustle idea and turn it into a profitable business. This bundle includes a guided business plan, a side hustler work schedule template, pricing worksheets, a branding guide and more!

I'm Amy Schmidt

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I'm a small business cheerleader, strategist, and course creator who loves seeing others earn income in unconventional ways. I started a cleaning business in college and have side hustled since, selling my latest part-time business for $151,000.

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