In recent years, harsh economic realities have made side jobs a necessity.
Surviving in Nigeria is practically unthinkable without having at least two sources of income—typically active income.
While the economic situation apparently serves to strip one of a choice during side hustle searches, it is simply not the case.
Side hustle seekers ought to settle all scores as early as possible, as opposed to embracing an opportunity on shaky foundations.
In addition to an impairment of one’s regular schedule, a poorly chosen side hustle can incite needless impostor’s syndrome in a person.
For a more rewarding side hustle hunt, here are five crucial factors to consider:
The Required Skillset
While active practice is the best means by which one can get better at a skill, mastery of the basics is a prerequisite. This principle is implicit in certain jobs requiring applicants to tender portfolios. You must be sufficiently grounded in the required skill set, enough to have a track record. Possessing the required skillset minimises the risk of imposter’s syndrome.
The Required Time
This appears to be a no-brainer. However, one may underestimate the amount of time a job actually demands, while failing to consider personal time. There is no perfect job that slots seamlessly into one’s schedule, but a decent sort of balance can be attained. One’s rest time need not suffer unduly because of a side hustle.
A Strong Interest
Not all days will be rosy. However, a sufficient level of interest will make hard days more bearable. Money is a good job motivator, but it should not be the sole motivator for a side hustle.
Sufficient Opportunity For Mentorship
In addition to the above, one must consider whether a side hustle role comprises mentorship opportunities. This accelerates career growth and opens doors to more opportunities, when in place. However, it is not an absolute prerequisite.
The Intended Duration
As far as possible, one must chose a side hustle that has a clear trajectory; one that can easily be pivoted from.