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Will I Need a Contract for My Side Hustle?

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Let me start this by saying that I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. This is not legal advice.

Got it? Cool.

Having a side hustle is supposed to be simpler than having a small business. So when people start pulling out contracts, things can get a little tense (particularly for a potential client).

All of a sudden, what felt like it was going to be a smooth, simple project starts to feel like—dare I say it—a serious commitment.

It’s easy to see why people start work without one. And, sometimes, not having a contract might feel like the right thing to do.

…but that might not be the best move for every freelancer.

What do I need a contract for?

A contract outlines the agreement for whatever work you’re going to do. If someone asks you to design a logo for them, you can verbally agree to do the work and agree to a price and move on from there.

A written contract lays out the agreement so that everyone knows what the rules are at all times—preventing people from forgetting a price, payment date, or what they actually asked for or promised. #ByeAmnesia

Will things go badly if I don’t have a contract?

The decision to prepare a contract or not really comes down to how bad things could be if something goes very wrong. If you’re not sure what you have to lose or what kinds of things you should plan for right now, Side Hustle Business School has lessons on contracts that will help you think holistically about whether you should use contracts in your relationships with clients.

And you can check out a lesson on contracts for free.

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Where can I learn more about contracts for my side hustle?

These lessons are available on the Freelancer Track and the Content Creator Track—but you can check a few lessons out now on your free test drive.

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What is a Point of Sale?

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Simple answer: the point of sale is the place where a customer or client pays for products.

Checkout lanes, ticket booth, “buy now” pages on websites—all points of sale.

Point of Sale in a non-physical space

If you’re a freelancer, your point of sale might be less of a place and more of a time.

Meaning, the point at which you’re paid for your service might be during a particular phase of your project and may not have to happen at a particular place.

You might be paid by check, cash, bank transfer, etc. And, depending on your setup, you might have multiple point of sale options for different clients.

Why is this important?

Only a few of the people you reach with your marketing are actually going to buy from you. You want to learn as much as you can about them. When they’re handing you their money is the right time to get the information you need.

In a nutshell, selling helps you refine your marketing for the next sale.


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How can I learn more?

All three of Side Hustle Business School’s guided learning tracks (the Freelancer Track, the Content Creator Track, and the Product Seller Track) have an entire section on establishing your point of sale, accepting payments from customers and clients, and using your results to create more effective marketing strategies.

You can take a peek at those lessons in Side Hustle Business School’s free trial here.

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What’s a Platform and How Do I Build One?

What's a platform and how do I build one

Having a platform is a great start for bringing attention to your cause and making a name for yourself online or offline.

But what is a platform? And do you have to build one from scratch?

What is a platform?

Your platform is built on a combination of your values, goals, mission, and everything else that makes you put effort into your project, business, or side hustle. In order for it to be effective, you’ll need a place where people can get to know you and what you have to offer and, sometimes, buy from you.

Why do I need a platform?

We like to double-check things before we commit. You can try to convince people who you’re serious about something just by saying you are, but it’s a lot more convincing if people have a way to validate that you’re committed to that thing. Having a strong platform not only helps to elevate your cause or mission, but it also demonstrates the work you’re willing to put in to it.

Is a platform really necessary?

Platforms help to bring attention to what you’re doing. A political office is a platform, as is a talk show. There are probably some existing platforms that you can use to help you advance your mission, but if you’re creating something new for yourself, you might have to build one yourself.

If you’re starting any kind of money-making venture, then you’ll probably have to build your own platform—if you don’t want to share your profits.

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Start building your platform

The “What’s a Platform?” lesson helps you start building your platform and even gives you some tips for how you should choose a name for your platform, business, etc (and some things to look out for if you’ve already chosen a name).

Oh, and you can check this lesson out for free in Side Hustle Business School’s free trial.


Where can I find this lesson?

This lesson is available on Side Hustle Business School’s Content Creator Track and Product Seller Track and in Side Hustle Business School’s free trial.

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How Do I Connect With Potential Partners, Sponsors, or Clients?

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How do I connect with potential partners, sponsors, or clients? 

Good question!

Any person who can help your side hustle grow, whether that person is a potential client, fellow bloggers in a similar niche, or dream sponsor, is probably not going to know you unless you to make the first move.

So what’s the best step to take?

Sending a pitch? Writing a thorough proposal? A quick slide into the DMs?

All of the above?

It could be all. Or it could be none.

Where do I start?

First, you need to learn a few things about the person you’re reaching out to. In fact, sometimes they’ll even tell you how they’d like for you to reach out to them.

Check out their contact page, if they have one, or see how they engage with people on social media.

It may be as simple as reaching out and saying hi, introducing yourself, and letting them get back to you.

Sometimes you’ll need to reach out  more formally and write a full letter.

Other times, you’ll have to reach out on every channel you can find until they get back to you—but don’t take that route lightly.

However, once you figure out the right channel, you have something else to figure out…

What exactly should you be saying? When is the best time to say it?

And how do you turn this into a connection?

Anyone can reach out, but not everyone can connect.

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So, how do I connect with potential partners?

Side Hustle Business School’s Freelancer Track and Content Creator Track help you answer these questions in the Pitches and Proposals section, starting with the lesson “How should I reach out to potential partners, sponsors, or clients?”.

You can take a peek at what’s in this section when you start your free trial (you can leave your credit card in your wallet) of any Side Hustle Business School guided learning track.

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What Should I Sell?

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You’re ready to start a side hustle! You know you’re good at (insert your amazing talent here) and you’re ready to try your hand at making some side money doing this.

Let’s get it! Just uh, that one nagging question you’re hearing on repeat…

What should I sell? Continue reading →

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