In today’s world more than ever, if you want to get ahead in life, there is one thing that you MUST do. And that one thing is HUSTLE!
Before we talk about hustling, let’s get it straight from the get-go exactly what hustling is and what it is not. When most people think of hustling, they get a bad taste in their mouth. Hustling is usually associated as being negative. It brings up images of card sharks, pool sharks, and thugs on street corners selling drugs and stolen merchandise. While this can be considered hustling, this is not what we are focusing on.
For the independent man, the entrepreneur, hustling is nothing more than making money on your own. That’s it, easy peasy. Making money on your own outside of a job or at least building something now for future income.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about how to hustle. There are many ways to hustle and get your grind on. The important part is to channel your mindset to that of an entrepreneur and stop thinking like an employee.
When you are an employee, you have no control over how much money you make. Sure, you can work extra hours and make a little bit more, which mostly goes to Uncle Sam in the form of taxes. But can you double or even triple your income in the next year from a job? Most likely not. So we have to figure out how to do it on our own.
Today we are going to learn how to hustle. How to get our minds programmed to make money on our own. If you have the ability to think of a way to start a way to start a business, market a product or service, and make money, then all the better.
However, there are ample amounts of people that have no idea where to start making their own money. The very simplest method to making some side cash that will not even cost you a penny. You start by looking from within. Within your own house that is. That’s right, your possessions.
I can tell you for a fact right now that everybody has about $1000.00 worth of junk lying around, cluttering up their house that they can sell and make some cash. Granted, you are not going to be able to sell the items for more than you paid for them and make a profit. (You probably paid too much for them anyway) But this method is the bare bones starter method of learning how to sell things. How to photograph them, post them, market them, and sell them.
The easiest thing to do is to go through your home room by room and weed out all of the stuff cluttering closets, desks, and shelves. Things that you were excited to buy, but never used.
As an example, I recently did this myself. As a recovering consumerist and aspiring minimalist, I went through my house and gathered up all of the crap I rarely if ever used. I went through rooms, closets, dressers, everything. After gathering up all of the shit cluttering up my house, I took it to my storage shed and had a huge weekend sale.
I did not just open up the storage shed and hope people would show up. I promoted the hell out of it. I went around town and posted signs in high traffic areas. I advertised the sale in the local classifieds and whetted people’s appetites with photos and prices. I sold a ton of stuff before i had the actual sale.
After the sale was over I learned a couple of very valuable lessons. Firstly, I learned about people and how to market things to them, how to push their buttons and make them part with their money. Secondly, this built up my confidence to sell products and has catapulted me to step 2, which I call product investing.
Product investing is similar to the stock market. Buy low, and sell high. By selling some of your old crap, you get an idea of what things are worth, what people are looking for, and how much they are willing to pay. If you can pick things up on the cheap and sell them for profit, you are good as gold. When you learn to do this on a regular basis, you have an impressive stream of side income. That’s a topic for another chapter.
Until then, go through the house, garage, storage shed, or whatever. Get rid of your old junk, and start selling it. That’s step 1 to being a hustler.
Until next time.
Rise up and stay strong!