A step-by-step guide to a successful hustle

We all addicted to the “overnight success” stories or the “30 under 30” lists for inspiration. The self-help books are adding salt to the wound – there’s always a new routine that promises a “new you”. We barely take time to breathe or give ourselves enough credit for our efforts. Have you noticed that almost everyone is a CEO on their LinkedIn profiles?

It’s the hustling pandemic!

Before you jump on the bandwagon perhaps you need to read the step-by-step guide to a successful hustle.

Abort the mission, I repeat, abort the mission!

The worst thing you can do right now is to quit your job (especially in the middle of a pandemic) to start your “own thing”. As cool as it sounds, you can’t build anything of value without putting skin the game. It makes no sense to ditch a salary and go hustle for a capital to start a business.

Bro, as tempting as it is to be your own boss, don’t quit your 9-5 job to pursue a music career. How are you going to afford the studio sessions?

I’m sure all of us know a dude that left a cushy corporate job to start his own thing. Not all of them end up in that “30 under 30” lists.

Networking is key

The best way to network is through a 9-5 job. The guy that sits opposite you in the office probably knows a guy that can create a website for you at a cheaper price. Instead of attending boring networking seminars – how about you start selling your skills where you are.

There’s nothing fun than making an extra cash by renting your skill(s) while you still have a job. The creative juices flow without you worrying about your next meal.

Before you waste money maybe start looking around, your hustling partner could be in your circle.

It’s not a legit hustle until it pays your bills

Let’s say you’ve already made a mistake of being a full-time hustler without a sound plan B. if it’s more than six months without generating an income, maybe it’s time you update your resume. There’s no shame in starting over.

Any hustlers here? Please share your hustling journey with us

25 thoughts on “A step-by-step guide to a successful hustle

  1. nduduzofezile says:

    The past 20 months have been tricky with this pandemic and lockdown restrictions, because as an influencers(which is my side hustle) It has been hard to find promos because businesses/brands have been doing very bad so there’s nothing to promote. Even if there is something but they cannot promote because they won’t be able to afford to pay the promoters/influencers.

  2. maphangaluthando says:

    I am also a hustler, in life you have to have a side hustle I remember i started my hustle at the age of 12 i was doing grade 17 by then I used to sell sweets and snacks to my schoolmates and classmate with all my savings I managed to buy myself a cellphone that year…. so guys we must not focus on one thing we have to start side hustle… last year when president ramaphosa implemented the national lockdown i started my own clothing brand because I need extra cash … Thank you MANBOX for this article it will help me to continue with my side hustle… thank you

  3. maphangaluthando says:

    I am also a hustler, in life you have to have a side hustle I remember i started my hustle at the age of 12 i was doing grade 17 by then I used to sell sweets and snacks to my schoolmates and classmate with all my savings I managed to buy myself a cellphone that year…. so guys we must not focus on one thing we have to start side hustle… last year when president ramaphosa implemented the national lockdown i started my own clothing brand because I need extra cash … Thank you MANBOX for this article it will help me to continue with my side hustle…

  4. nkatekogolele8 says:

    We all need a solid plan that will help us towards making ends meet, I can’t emphasize that enough. Ofcourse not all of us are cut out to work a 9 to 5 but a lucrative side hustle is all you need. Hope this tips help shed some light to someone out there too.

  5. Phathomhle says:

    One positive thing that has come out of this pandemic is that it has taught us to hustle. I will forever embrace that. I never thought l would find myself as an entrepreneur and l am loving it. These tips will definitely come in handy, thank you.

  6. Anita Neo Chauke says:

    One of the things l have learnt in this pandemic is that we all need a side hustle. Do not be scared to start small. I started my own skincare range in the middle of the pandemic after l lost my job. That was the best thing ever. Lets get that side hustle gents.

    • maphangaluthando says:

      I am also a hustler, in life you have to have a side hustle I remember i started my hustle at the age of 12 i was doing grade 17 by then I used to sell sweets and snacks to my schoolmates and classmate with all my savings I managed to buy myself a cellphone that year…. so guys we must not focus on one thing we have to start side hustle… last year when president ramaphosa implemented the national lockdown i started my own clothing brand because I need extra cash … Thank you MANBOX for this article it will help me to continue with my side hustle…

  7. kksovara says:

    This was a very informative and educational article , this hustle tips are very essential to the youth.
    I am definitely gonna be implementing them in my daily life.

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