Today kicks off Global Entrepreneurship Week and I'm celebrating with a Blab Career Clinic tonight at 7 p.m. (EST) on starting a side gig with Melissa A. Rowe, M.Ed. who is a full-time educator and founder of Capture Greatness. We'll cover how she started and also give people a chance to join us through chat and video to ask their own questions. Melissa is fun and smart and I know it will be a lively conversation!
Having a side gig is one of the best ways to create security for yourself in your career and it's a topic that's near and dear to my heart. I also find that figuring out how to start a side gig is one of the questions I'm asked most frequently, so that's part of why we decided to do a Career Clinic on it.
A few months ago I put out a survey to ask people about their experiences in starting a side gig. Only 5 people answered, but their responses were interesting.
The number one response I got for what gets in the way of starting a side business was feeling alone and isolated. I had thought it would be lack of time, since that seems to be the excuse we all have for why we don't pursue a dream, so this was interesting to me. I have to say it makes total sense, though, and it's one of the reasons that I started doing the Speedy Startup, because I've observed how much people need a community of other entrepreneurs around them, especially in making those first tentative steps into working for yourself. If you're thinking about going this route, finding other people to work with you might be a good first step.
I also asked people what they were looking for in their side business that they weren't finding in their 9-5. Most were looking for a way to supplement their income, of course, but they also wanted more freedom of expression and a way to make a difference in the world. I find that people start to think about a side gig when they are feeling restricted and don't feel purpose in their work lives, so this makes a lot of sense to me too.
I'd love to hear from you if a side business is part of your career plan--or even if you think it might be. Please join us tonight on Blab to talk more (here are instructions on how to participate) and bring your questions, thoughts, etc.