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Should You Start a Side Business?

We talk a lot about side hustles on the show.  Today we’ll discuss if you should start your own side business.

A side business can be lucrative and the creative outlet that your 9-5 job isn’t.  But it can be a lot of work and time.  We’ll break it down so you can decide if it’s the right decision for you.

Both Andrew and Thomas have had various side hustles.  In fact, Thomas’s site College Info Geek, which is now his full time job, started as a side hustle.  That won’t be the case for all of us, but you can still make some extra cash doing your own thing.

Client work side hustles can be lucrative but frustrating.  You have to create someone else’s vision no matter how crappy or ridiculous you think it might be.  Sensitive artist types might want to stay away from client based hustles.

A side business shouldn’t be solely about the money.  It should enable you to do something you love doing.  Making money on that is a bonus. It takes about a year and a half to start making money on a side business.  Do you love doing whatever it is enough to do it for free for that long?

How much time do you have?  If you’re watching TV for a few hours a night, you could use that time to start building something.  If you work, are in school, and have a family, your side business may have to wait.

We want to know what kind of side business you have in mind and what you want to know about starting one.  Leave questions in the comments or send an email to [email protected]

Show Notes

Hitachino Nest Beer:  A white ale.

Backpocket Brewing Penny Whistle:  A Bavarian ale.

College Info Geek:  Thomas’s info on starting a website.

SoFi:  Refinance your student loans and save some money.

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6 responses to “Should You Start a Side Business?”

  1. My husband just started his side hustle last month. He works full time in a company as a software engineer and after his work, he maintains a website and work as a web developer and he told me that he definitely loves what he is doing.

    • MARY BOWMAN says:

      HI,, HOW R U I AM NEEDING HELP ,,, IM A SINGLE MOM AND WOULD LOVE TO OPEN A BUSINESS SO I CAN GET BACK ON MY FEET,,,, I HAVE STARTED FUNDRAISERS AT GOFUNDME.COM PLEASE YOU SAY U LIKE HELPING PEOPLE THAT IS IN NEED OF IT I THINK I WOULD BE A GOOD PERSON FOR HELP,,,, PLEASE LOOK AT IT AND READ IT,,, U WILL UNDERSTAND,, THANK YOU

  2. Loved this episode. I think everyone should have a side hustle. And maybe one day it will turn into your main hustle.

  3. Kirsten Li says:

    Loved this podcast (Actually I love them all)! I’ve been working on a side hustle for the past couple years but the big thing I’m missing at the moment is a business plan. Would love to hear your thoughts on taking the side hustle to the next level…business plans, searching for investors, etc

  4. timverry says:

    Eww Media Temple… check out Digital Ocean to save some money and get much better customer service guys :).

    I wish that I had pursued web development more, I do not have traditional education in that field, I just know enough to be dangerous heh. It’s always been more of a hobby thing as you put it and not really something I considered as a career path.

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