7 Ways to Transform Your Side-Gig into a Full-Time Hustle

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You’ve got a side gig. It’s cool. Way cooler than your 9-to-5. So cool that you’d like to make it your full-time hustle, but how?

Taking the leap from fully employed to fully independent freelancer can seem daunting – and it is challenging – but your dream job isn’t as far out of reach as you may think.

Here are seven concrete steps you can take to whip your side-hustle into full-time hustle shape.

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5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career

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The other day, I was in a meeting with my entire company when everyone started clapping for me. I work at a company with a supportive culture where we regularly celebrate one another’s accomplishments, so the clapping wasn’t particularly surprising, but what they were congratulating me for was. It wasn’t a campaign or piece of content for a client—in fact, it wasn’t related to my full-time job at all. The CEO had announced that I had an article published in Fast Company, a personal goal for my freelance writing career. It was that meeting that got me thinking more about the ways that a side hustle can help your full-time job.

There is a common misconception that having a side hustle is detrimental to one’s career. The myth is that if you’re doing something on the side, you aren’t 100 percent focused on your full-time job. I’ve found the opposite to be true: My writing and marketing outside of work makes me better at my job. I am constantly learning about new industries, fostering relationships, being creative, and making my writing stronger. Still skeptical? Here are five ways that a side hustle can actually help you at your full-time job.

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The 8 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2016

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In 2012, Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared, “Software is eating the world.”

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But a study by Gartner projects that universities are not likely to produce enough qualified graduates to fill even about 30% of these jobs.

This means that the door is wide open for individuals who do not have a traditional background in computer science to learn how to code. But with so many programming languages out there, where do you start?

Let’s take a look at some of the most in-demand languages of 2016 to figure out which tools will best complement your skill set and career goals.

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Quiz: The Truth About Android Development

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Mobile app development is hotter than ever. But along with Apple's iOS platform, there's a huge market for Android apps. How much do you know about this emerging technology and its job opportunities?

Learn more about Android Development at General Assembly

Full-Stack Deconstructed

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Not long after I changed careers to become a full-stack web developer, I received an odd Facebook message from a family friend. “I visited your website,” he wrote, “and I’m still trying to figure out what pancakes have to do with websites.”

Clever…or clueless? I’m still unsure. But one thing is certain: IHOP needs to move over; the term “full stack” isn’t about pancakes anymore.

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How JavaScript Helped Me Land A New Dream Job

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If you talk to a group of junior developers, you’ll likely receive one of three main answers to the question, “Why are you a web developer?” Many—if not most—are motivated by what they don’t want to be: a waiter; a bartender; a sales rep; a broke artist. Others lucked into computer science in college. Still others will say they just wanted a job that was more flexible than the average 9-to-5.

And then there’s me. I became a developer because of a PDF.

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8 Simple Ways to Turn Your Skills into a Profitable Side Business

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In the US alone, there are over 28 million small businesses. Of those, an estimated 22 million consist of a single operating member—solopreneurs as I like to call them.

Many of these businesses got started as nothing more than the intersection of passion and skills that combined to create a side project with the ability to scale into something truly sustainable.

As someone who’s successfully launched four profitable side businesses over the past four years, I’ve learned a lot about how to turn your skills into a healthy side income. From building physical products to selling my consultative services, and building my own suite of digital products, I’ve been able to generate thousands in extra income each month.

If you’re ready to build a foundation for one day becoming gainfully self-employed, here are my top eight ways to get started with a profitable side business today.

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10 Millennials Inspiring Us to Hustle Even Harder

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In recent years, we’ve seen Millennials become the largest generation in the workforce, changes in the way companies look at Millennials as customers, and predictions that one-fourth of the Millennial workforce will fill the managerial roles of retiring Baby Boomers in 2016.

One of the coolest parts about this Millennial revolution, though, is that as our generation starts to take over more and more of the working world, we become surrounded by peers who motivate us and inspire us to hustle even harder. Here, we’ve gathered 10 of our favorites. As entrepreneurs, bloggers, scientists, and all-around game changers, these Millennials are igniting our inner desire to hustlehustlehustle.

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Students Helps Beer App Barly Find a Smooth Finish

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Craft beer rating app, Barly, recently released new features that shift the focus from simple ratings to smart recommendations that learn your taste in beer over time. The founding team at Barly started as a group of musicians who appreciate a frosty beverage, but after one fateful round of drinks, they realized that most beer menus are hard to decipher for the casual beer drinker. Nick Norton, Craig Vermeyen, Mike Weil, and Hunter Knight moved quickly to create an app, sourcing expertise to get their idea off the ground, including help from UXDI students at General Assembly’s Los Angeles campus.

Students in the User Experience Design Immersive work on client projects as part of the curriculum to gain real world experience using their new skills. Aaron Barnes, Samantha Burke, and Ken Sugai were assigned to work with the app.

For Barly CEO Nick Norton, it was an easy decision to go with the students at General Assembly. “They were great. Sam, Aaron, and Ken put in so much work over a short period, and were clearly excited to be working on this project,” he said.

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Getting Started with Front-End Web Development

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So, you want to learn to code? Awesome! Knowing how to code can help you level-up in your current role, open new career opportunities, and empower you to make your app or website ideas come to life. But where should you start?

Although hotly contested among developers, most novice coders begin their education by learning the basics of front-end web development, or the client-facing side of web development. The front-end involves what the end user sees, like the design/appearance of the web page.

In order to become a front-end developer, there are three languages you need to master: HTML, CSS, and Javascript, or as I like to call them, ‘The Holy Trinity.”

Below, I explain the difference between these three “languages,” and how they work in concert to get a simple website up and running.

 

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