Building your own side project: Top tips on developing a student side hustle
Why set up your own side project?
Starting a side venture takes a lot of self-motivation, but there are many reasons why it’s worth it:
The main purpose of a side project is to create an outlet via which you can express a personal passion.
You may have real a passion for something, but feel limited in the ways you can express it within the confines of the generic university structure.
Pursuing your passion as a side project coinciding with your university studies will allow you to channel your energy in a productive way, creating that right balance between the thing you love and your studies.
As a graduate and future potential employee, you need to be able to stand out from other candidates.
A personal project can be the best option for this, as it shows an employer that you have a serious passion for a certain field, and can demonstrate the type of creative or informative pieces you can come up with.
You can make inroads within the industry through social engagements, and you can develop your own personal professionalism.
It is a chance to improve your confidence, encouraging you to promote your personal brand and express yourself on a professional level.
In short, a side hustle can provide an alternative way to show an employer what you’re capable of, and what you could potentially bring to their company.
Connecting with brands and industry experts can seem like a daunting prospect for any university student, however, running a side project is a great opportunity to connect and network with an array of people.
This is clearly advantageous for employability and career progress, as it can help develop contacts you may later return to. But it is also a great way to develop yourself personally.
It’s another opportunity to meet like-minded, approachable people, and another way to help yourself escape from the university stress or any university anxiety you may be battling!
Student Blog Writer