Been having hard time finding energy to start freelancing or side hustle. Or maybe it’s the lack of time? Let’s stop the excuses now. What we are in need of is a good support system, whether its someone or a group. You don’t have to limit yourself to your local surrounding. The Internet makes it possible to connect with people all over the world. Lets look at some ways you can find a support group to help you stay on track and keep moving towards launching your side hustle.
An accountability partner is someone that will keep you accountable for your goals. You express to them the things you want to accomplished and they are there to keep your motivate and on track. This can be anyone you trust from a family member to a friend.
Rethink the way you use Social Media
For example, what does your twitter time-line look like? Is it cluttered with a bunch of nonsense? You can either keep your current account or make a new one. Do a search for words that are similar to you’re interested in doing. For example if you are interesting in “Social Media Consulting”, type that in the search area. You may find folks that are currently doing consulting or those looking for someone with this skill set. You are going to want to either follow these people or add them to a twitter list. Don’t forget to engage!
Yesterday I received a wonderful email and I was this is prefect. There is a new group geared toward freelancers starting up soon, called the Diary of a Mad Freelancer presents “Group Therapy”. Created by P.S. Jones, a full-time freelancer writer, Group Therapy will take place on both twitter and Google+. I just love this idea and think it’s a great way to utilize Google+ (maybe I will use it more often now).
Join Community Websites
Check out Ning.com for social networks geared towards what you are interested in. For example, Shewrites.com is a site on the network thats geared towards women writers. A few you may want to check out are Black Business Women Online, The Boss Network, and the The CEO Mamma Network. Or you may want to check out this new woman community – SheNOW. ShowNOW.org is a community of women that believes in pursuing their careers and dreams, having adventures, and living their own lives first!
To my male readers if you know of a community that gears towards men, please let me know. I hate to leave you guys out.
This just a short list to help you get started but there is a few more things you should be doing.
- Set up Google Alerts: I have Google alerts for my name and keywords such as freelancing and side hustle. This helps me find interesting information to share with others.
- Check of a few websites: Launch While Working and Young, Fabulous & Self-Employed
I can not forget to mention, if you are starting a side hustle make sure there is no conflicts with your current employers. Some companies may not allow their employees to do similar work outside business hours. If you side hustle is different than what you do at your day job, then go ahead. also never bring your side hustle to work. The whole point of hustling on the side is to seeing if this something you love to do and/or making extra income. You want to do everything in your power to keep that steady income until you can afford to make the leap to making your hustle full-time.