10 of the strangest side hustles you could start today
James was helping set up his friend’s business when he started his side hustle. As a designer of logos, websites, and a consultant on all things marketing, he decided use his skills to try to make some extra money on the side.
He started by designing branding and websites for friends and family. After 12 months of doing it as his side hustle, he could no longer do both that and his full-time job so he decided to go full time on his own, and he was 100% sure he could make it a success.
James admits that some days he would question his decision, but the desire of wanting freedom and control over his work is what made him commit to leaving his full-time job, so he was determined to work hard at it.
The first six months were difficult for James – he lived in his overdraft and couldn’t afford to go out and socialise. He did everything himself: worked out how to set up a business, learned how to manage the accounts and set up the tax returns.
“Some days I’d think, ‘What are you doing? You could have a cushy office job!’. But then I would speak to a couple of my closest friends and realise that this is all part of the journey, this is what I want, and, to get there, this is what I will go through from time to time.”
One of the main reasons James wanted to become his own boss was because of his family, especially his grandparents. They’re all in or around their 80s and James didn’t want to let his job limit the time he could spend with them. He now sees them all the time.
On top of that, he felt his job was getting in the way of his everyday life. Now, his job works around his schedule, instead of vice versa.
“I have never been happier! The work is more fulfilling and having control over your life/schedule is incredibly satisfying. Working hard all week (including weekends) means I can go see my family any day I’m free. I see more of them now than I ever have done. Family is my top priority.”
Helping brands start their journey is James’ passion, and so he finds helping them with everything from branding to marketing very enjoyable. He sees himself doing this job until he retires, alongside other things – but he’ll always do what he loves.