We’ve all heard the saying that “if you are doing what you love, you will never work a day in your life.” But the reality is we’ve got bills to pay, and sometimes doing what we love isn’t what pays them.

The good news is this: You don’t have to be stuck in a job you hate just so you can earn a living. The beauty of this Information Age and our fave, the Internet, is that so many new opportunities have opened up for us! It’s now possible to hold a decent job and still find ways to be your own boss on the side, after work or during weekends. The next step: how to decide which side business is best for you!

1. Find a need and provide a solution.
What do so many successful businesses have in common? They all address a need. Don’t have a car but you hate commuting? We have car service apps. Want to eat healthy but don’t have time to prepare healthy meals? There are now services that bring these meals to your doorstep daily! So think about your daily routine and list down specific "needs" you encounter, and see if you can offer a simple solution.

2. Evaluate your skills.
What are you good at? What do you like to do? Do you love talking to people or would you rather work behind the scenes? Do some serious self-evaluation and determine what things you’re good at and what things make you happy. You never know, something might actually fall under both categories!

3. Manage your time.

Having your own business on the side can be time consuming. Make sure that you can dedicate time each day or on weekends solely for focusing on your gig. Find something that fits into this time frame so that you don’t overlap into a logistical mess.

4. Pick a partner.
You don’t have to do everything by yourself! Find someone who can partner in your new venture. Share the load with someone who has the skills you are lacking. Imagine the things you can accomplish! This can be a great bonding experience with a friend, or even something you and your partner can build together.

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