Five ways to use your skills to start a side business

Published On: April 11, 2017 03:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

One of the best ways to increase your income and give yourself a solid foundation by which to grow into self-employment in the future is to start a side business of your own.
If you choose the right business opportunity, there’s room for you to keep growing your customer base on the side, while keeping your day job. From there, if you take the right steps, you’ll be able to grow your side income beyond that of your day job—and launch into the world of self-employment.

However, before you get started, you’ll need to first understand the different ways you’ll be going about discovering and validating your ideal side business idea.
If you want to become a successful entrepreneur within your field, you’ll need to engage your strengths. 

Once you’ve determined which strengths you’ll plan on leveraging, here are five ways to turn those skills into a side business.

If you’ve built up a set of marketable skills throughout your career and at your day job, you should consider the idea of starting a freelance business on the side.
If your skills include writing, designing, developing, marketing, social media management, or another high-demand digital skill, then you’re in a great position to start bringing on freelance clients. Start with building a high quality portfolio website to list your skills, showcase examples of your best work, and display reviews from past co-workers or bosses as you get up and running. Create a very clear picture of who your target freelance client is going to be, and make sure you’re tailoring your website and reach out experience to what that person is going to expect.

Writing a blog can be a side business. If you’re comfortable with the potential that it may very well take you years to start earning a decent income from one of the various ways to monetize a blog, and you have a knack for building connections with people through your writing, then this may be for you. Be sure to start with a niche topic that’ll give you the opportunity to become well-respected within a close-knit community, before you set your sights on expanding into a very large market.
Your credibility platform will be of great importance moving forward.

Online Coaching
If you have a marketable skill that others want to possess or get better at, then there’s a market for being paid to coach people, one-on-one, into an accelerated learning experience. The most exciting thing about starting an online coaching business on the side is that once you’ve perfected your teaching experience, you’ll be able to easily package it into a more scalable version an online course.

Online Courses
As with online coaching, when there’s a growing demand for a skill that you possess, one of the best ways to monetize that ability of yours, is by creating a genuinely helpful online course for others to go through at their own leisure. While the setup time and upfront investments are huge (in terms of your time) with this business model, it’s one of the most scalable online businesses out there today.

Physical Products
Whether you have an idea for a new-to-the-world invention, a new spin on an existing product, or nothing more than selling a product in a new way or to a new market, there are countless ways to make money selling physical products on the side. 
If you’re willing to get creative, there are a nearly unlimited number of ways to use your skills and start a side business that’ll have the potential to launch you into a career of self-employment. 

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