So you want to start a profitable side hustle. Well, I’m pleased to say you’ve
downloaded the right guide.
Entrepreneurs use side hustles every day to fund their larger ventures. Full-time
employees use side hustles to put extra cash in their pocket each month. It’s the road
to greater financial freedom, career growth, and countless professional opportunities.
And as far as side hustles go, consulting and freelancing are two of the highest-paid
and most flexible you can find.
The good news doesn’t stop there. After freelancing for over five years—and meeting
dozens of solo-preneurs across many disciplines—I’ve learned that you don’t have to be
a world-renowned expert to earn a significant income for your time.
In fact, if you’re a natural problem solver with a business skill or two in your back
pocket, you can make a significant secondary income relatively quickly.
And just to help you jumpstart your side hustle even faster, we created this actionable
It will give you the tools, information, and inspiration you need to find your first
clients—and get over all the nasty hurdles that stop so many side hustlers before they
Let’s (side) hustle
Freelancing versus consulting: What’s the difference?
Before we get into the fun stuff, let’s clarify something.
What’s the difference between freelancers and consultants, anyway?
I believe these professional services have more similarities than differences.
Depending on your skills, these words might even be used interchangeably.
The core factor that differentiates most freelancers from most consultants is this:
Freelancers tend to work on a specific deliverable. Consultants tend to be called in to
solve complex, often hard-to-name problems.
For example: Someone might call upon a consultant to determine why their website
isn’t generating any new leads. The consultant might use their marketing acumen to
deduce that the company needs a lead magnet, which they’d hire a freelancer to write
or design. See the difference?
The problem is that most business situations are not so cut and dry. By this definition,
many consultants could actually call themselves freelancers. Many freelancers might
call themselves consultants. And sometimes these titles would change depending on
the project—or even the day of the week. So the difference, for our purposes, gets a
little too into the weeds.
That’s why for the sake of brevity, we’ll use “freelancing” as the all-encompassing term
throughout this guide instead of repeating “freelancing and consulting.” Short and
Common freelancing and consulting skills
Here are some of the most common freelancer skills:
Digital marketing consulting
Supply chain management
Health and wellness coaching
Social media management
Agenting (for authors, musicians, and other artists)
UX research and design
General business strategy
Product price consulting