As a side hustle business owner, there will be times where you’ll need to update your skills, particularly if you’ve never had to run a business before.
And while you might be thinking that your side hustle isn’t really a business as such, I can guarantee that if you’re making money in your side hustle, it’s a bonafide business, and at some point, there are going to be some skills you’re gonna need if you want to make it your full-time hustle.
At other times, you might be happily working away, when you quickly discover that your skills aren’t quite up to par, and before your client or customer figures this out, you’ll need to quickly update those skills…
Don’t worry if you’re not sure what skills you need to update and when. The list below provides you with the signs you should look out for that clearly indicate that your skills could do with some brushing up.
Update Your Skills When You See These Signs
Sign #1: You're attempting something new
So you've been doing your side hustle for a little while now and you've decided that you want to implement content upgrades to your blog post. The problem is, you've never created a content upgrade, nor have you had to attach a file to an email before.
Maybe a client has asked you to do something that is related to what you normally do for the, but it's not quite in your wheelhouse of skills... rather than saying you can't do it, wouldn't it be a better idea to learn that skill as quickly as you can so that you can start offering to your other clients too?
Google is your friend — if you can master searching for answers on Google, you can literally do anything, including basic html coding and CSS changes, believe me!
Sign #2: You're doing a skill you haven't used in 6+ months
Remember when you first started your side hustle? You were likely doing everything and because of this, it meant that your skills were strong because practice makes perfect, right?
But over time, you decided to outsource some of those tasks to someone else and you haven't had to do those tasks for a while and then all of a sudden, you're thrown back into having to use those skills.
Before you jump in, it's probably a good idea to brush up on those skills to make sure that a) nothing has changed in the industry and b) you don't make any silly mistakes.
It can be easy to forge ahead in the confidence that you'll quickly remember how to do it, but if it's at all related to customer or client work, listen to my warning and make sure your skills are up to scratch, otherwise your butt could be on the line with something that could have been avoided with a little forethought and planning.
Sign #3: You make a big mistake
This isn't so much as a sign but a big slap in the face... it's a pretty major wakeup call when you make a big mistake, and this nearly always means that you've become complacent in what you're doing.
Time to update those skills and refresh your senses. There's no point continuing forward until you've rectified this situation, particularly if you want to retain your client or customer.
They might allow you this one mistake, particularly if you've got a great working relationship, but if you do it again... well, I don't have to tell you what will happen.
If you want to avoid this happening at all, review your skills every six months against industry standards, or just take a refresher to make sure that you're still on track.
Sign #4: You're not enjoying what you're doing
To me, this is more of a sign that you need to review your entire side hustle. If you're not enjoying what you're doing, what's the point in doing it?
Yes, there are definitely times when starting a side hustle is a means to an end, but you should only run that type of side business for a short period of time. The minute something starts to lose its appeal, is the time that you need to pivot and decide what your next steps are.
If you're side hustle is something you initially enjoyed doing but are now not enjoying so much, perhaps it's a sign that you need to start outsourcing some of your more mundane tasks?
Maybe it's time to diversify your skills and add something else to the mix — or maybe, it's just time to do something else. The best part about having a side hustle is that you can change course as often as you like, or add another side hustle in while someone else looks after the original.
Starting a side hustle business is all about options, if you no longer feel that you have options, then take a step back and figure out what's going on and where you need to make those adjustments.
Sign #5: You're bored
This kind of goes hand in hand with the previous sign. If you're feeling bored, then something's gotta give. Perhaps now is the time to throw in the towel on your normal job and go full-time in your side hustle.
It's difficult to scale a side hustle when you've only got limited hours to dedicate to it, so if you're feeling bored, perhaps it's a sign of bigger things to come and you need to make way for that to happen.
In her newest book, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about being open to inspiration, and allowing it to connect with you so it can manifest itself in the human world. Your side hustle is very closely aligned with this. Maybe your inspiration is trying to tell you something and it's up to you to open your eyes and your heart and listen then take action.
Updating your skills should be part of your side hustle review process, in fact, it should be part of your overall goal review that you do every quarter or every six months. Your life is always evolving and changing, and your side hustle is likely to do the same. What worked initially may longer be the case, so you have to be flexible and roll with the changes as they come.
The only way you can effectively do this is if you are constantly updating your skills.
For me, I’m always reading and learning about blogging, creating courses, marketing my side hustle, connecting with readers and potential customers etc, etc. These things are the lifeblood of my side businesses.
Figure out what makes your side hustle tick and always be learning.
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