Starting a business at any time can be a huge amount of hard work and super time-consuming. However, with so many self-employed and closed businesses across the country, the time has come for many entrepreneurs to start thinking of how they can make some extra money to stay afloat. Here is our advice guide on how to start a side hustle business during a pandemic.
Make sure you register as self-employed and sign up through the .gov website. Not only will this keep you legal, but it will put you in the official standing for any grants and interest-free loans that the government brings out to help small businesses. There has not been a lot of help so far, but it is always good to keep your options open.
Consider your Strengths
If you are starting a business on the side, you will need to find the work easy on some level. Play to your strengths. If you know a lot about something, it is more than likely you can make money off it online. Create a logo that stands out and defines your business at logocreator.io and then work out where to go from there. Here are some routes to take dependent on interests or skills you might have:
Check out the qualifications you need for specific jobs. Most online schools request a degree and an ESL teaching certificate which you can easily get online from a TEFL site.
Join Facebook groups that are dedicated to online teaching. There are many teachers out there giving honest reviews and recommendations online.
Daves ESL Café is another great place to find online teaching work. Or indeed jobs teaching abroad if you fancy a change of scenery.
Writing or Editing
Freelancer sites offer you a secure way to earn money from writing and a basis from which you can get clients.
Enter competitions, a lot of these pay good money for the winners and it will keep you motivated to write.
Write to publishers. Now is the perfect time to write a book, take the plunge and send it off to publishers. You have nothing tangible to lose and everything to gain.
You can set up accounts with Facebook and Instagram shopping fairly easily. Join Free Web Store for a free website with a shopping cart.
Buy in some well-researched stock and try selling it. If you are registered as self-employed, it means you can start using wholesalers. Most of the time, if you are selling products that are safety tested and not food or perishables, you won’t have many additional factors to consider before you can legally sell. Click here for a list of reputable wholesalers in the UK.
Build a portfolio by carrying out free work for a month. Approach people and businesses on social media and through search engines and offer them a free design. Be clear about your parameters and get the job done efficiently and with speed.
Once you have a portfolio, you can put it on a WordPress website or similar and add a price list. Go through the same motions and contact people you think would be interested.
For example, writing groups and authors who need book covers designing, small online businesses without proper graphics, content writing sites, and other design sites that might need ongoing work. Be creative in the avenues that you explore and do not sell yourself short.
There are many other options for side hustles that you can do, if these examples do not play to your strengths then consider what would. Research on your favored search engine other businesses offering the same services and learn how they operate.