Late last year I made the effort to set aside time at least once a week to work on side projects.
During this time, I have learned and grown so much in my design career just from making the time to start.
I think you should consider doing the same!
Set aside time to work on your own side projects today!
There are many reasons for a self-employed creative to work on a side project. It’s a good way to stay excited about your work, keep your entrepreneurial skills sharp, and most importantly – it’s fun!
Life can get in the way and make it difficult to find the time to work on your projects, so you’re just going to have to make time whenever possible.
I recommend trying and setting aside time during your regular work schedule.
Small sacrifices can be made, like giving up TV time in the afternoon or that extended lunch you love to take every other day. However, try not to sacrifice time spent with family and friends.
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox
Don’t feel like you need to give up what’s truly important in your life. Again, just make the time to work during your regular work schedule.
You’d be amazed what you can accomplish devoting only 15 to 30 minutes a few days a week to something. And if you find yourself working more than the original allotted time, that’s even better!
If you desire to work late nights or weekends on your project, then that only shows that you’re working on something you love. Which brings me to my next point…
Work on what you love
An obvious statement, but important: you should be excited to work on your side projects.
If you’re excited to be working on your side project, then you’re only going to be more motivated to finish and show it off.
Work and fun don’t necessarily have to be opposites. Growing up it was always work then play, but as freelancers we’re capable of turning what we love to do into revenue.
Take something you naturally find yourself obsessing over and try taking it just a little more seriously.
Do you have an idea in mind? Need help getting it to generate income? Leave a comment and we’ll try our best to help!
Take one project at a time
It’s great to have multiple projects in mind, but don’t try to take them all on at once.
Trying to accomplish multiple projects at the same time will most likely result in you finishing none of them.
Look at your possibilities and limitations at the time. Are you limited in some way that may hinder one of your ideas?
Sometimes we over complicate things as a way to excuse ourselves from ever starting. Pick a small idea and start working on it. Don’t allow yourself too much time to think of all the things that could go wrong. You’ll never know unless you try!
If you’re producing a product: let’s say a t-shirt – order less than you think you’ll sell. Selling out in this situation would be a good thing and only make you look that much more popular! Johnny Cupcakes used to do limited runs of his products just out of sheer limitations, but he continues to do this to keep his designs rare and more valuable to his customers.
Finish what you start, and most importantly – have fun!
It’s very important that you desire to finish what you start. It’ll add motivation and it’s nice to show your final product off to others.
Using the tips above you should hopefully be ready to tackle your own side projects.
Are you currently working on a side project of your own? Feel free to share what you’re working on in the comments below!