Starting an online store- how to turn your hobby into a side hustle

So, you’re working a stable job, that pays just fine. After rent you’ve got just about enough to enjoy life- clothes, the occasional holiday, whatever it is that keeps you happy. But you’ve always had an itch in the back of your mind about that hobby you’ve got. You know, the one you’ve always thought would make a great side hustle? Maybe you’ve given it a bit of thought before, and have been wondering about selling online?

Well, here’s the good news. We can help you get off the ground, and it’s a lot easier than you might think. Turning your hobby into a business can seem daunting, but it really doesn’t need to be. With the right tools, you can start doing something you love! And who couldn’t use a little extra cash?

1. Make sure you’ve got the time

The first step in every business venture is to take it seriously. Starting an eCommerce business is a big deal, and if you want to do well you have to commit. Start with your hours and figure out how much time you can afford to devote, so you know if this is going to be viable.

The key is to work on your project little and often. Life gets in the way- you know that already. If your goal is a 20-hour work week on top of your full-time gig, you’re going be disappointed when you don’t meet it. If you can start with something attainable, like a couple of hours a week, it’s going to be a lot easier to maintain progress and be consistent.

Choosing an eCommerce platform that lets you do this is crucial, too- with Stor, our stunning range of templates save you time, but you know you’re still getting professional quality design. Editing products is quick and easy, and SEO is built in so you can get on with what you’re good at, no wasting time!

2. Get some feedback

It’s also super important to make sure the business is going to work. If you’re passionate about something and are good at it, you most likely have a viable project- but it really doesn’t hurt to speak to someone about it.

If you know people who are already doing what you’re doing, ask around- if you don’t, get some feedback from your friends and family. Would they shop with you? If not, why not? Remember: feedback is the best way to get better!

3. Keep it cost effective

Make sure you are keeping costs as low as possible throughout the process; your side-hustle should be scalable, which means it grows as you do. If your initial efforts are costing too much, it’s going to be hard to cover those costs with demand before anyone even knows your store exists.

4. The boring bits

Next, you’re going to need to do the boring stuff. Find out about the logistics of your enterprise, and if there’s any legal or tax stuff to do, get it out the way first. It’s going to save you a lot of pain in the long run.

5. Spread the word

Then, you’re going to want to get people talking. The first step here is to lock down those social media handles. Even if you don’t use them straight away, it’s a great idea to have ownership to prevent anyone else from sniping your @’s and blocking your progress down the road.

6. Be patient

Lastly, trust the process! Success doesn’t come overnight. Keep working towards your goal and taking feedback on board. You’re going to make mistakes along the way, but that’s how you learn!

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.”

– Joyce Meyer

Working with a trustworthy and simple eCommerce platform will make a world of difference and save you valuable time and effort. With Stor, you can get everything you need to sell online in one place, hassle free. What’s more, our site has dozens of fantastic guides that can help get you on your feet. Start your FREE 14-day trial today (no card details or commitments required!) and see what Stor’s all about.