Starting a new side project always seems like a good idea. So you buy the materials, or you register the domain name, or you tell your friends and family that you are reserved every Sunday from now until eternity for practice sessions. And then, with just a few weeks, you start turning to the project that you are so passionate about. It takes your time and money, and you dismiss it as a stupid idea. But that’s where you go wrong. Undertaking a new project is a rewarding and productive experience if you do it right. Yes, your days are full, your to-do list is full, and you may not think you can complete another project without sacrificing the things that are important to you.
Why Side Projects Are Important
Some of the best-known products and companies, including Slack, Twitter, Craigslist, Gmail, and Trello, started as a side project. Side projects come in many forms, but they are generally projecting that start outside of normal business hours. The desire to start a side project is often driven by the pursuit of being an entrepreneur, an interest in something outside of your main area of expertise, or boredom.
⦁ Side projects can increase your physical and mental well-being
⦁ Side projects can help you learn and develop skills faster
⦁ Occupying side projects can help you avoid combustion
How to start a side project: 6 Professional Tips
Start small and work your way up
It’s a pleasure to add features and details to your project because you want it to be perfect from day one. Resist the urge. It is important not to exaggerate in your first version. Taste the water and show that the idea can work first. It’s a proven method of producing the basic building blocks and then repeating them based on results or feedback while retaining manageable costs. Focus on your first version and worry about all the problems that can happen if you are successful when they really get closer to your reality.
Learn on the go
Pick something familiar and become an expert at it. Your side project may be learning a whole new skill from the bottom up, and this guide should still apply. However, if you use this as an opportunity to master something that you have previously enjoyed and already have some skill, the results will come faster.
It can be difficult to fully express your vision before you start working on it. Talking to people is the best way to integrate your ideas.
Ignore the naysayers
Hearing comments does not mean that you have to criticize each piece. Soon there may be people who stop you and those who think you are crazy because they do not see the opportunity you saw or are worried that you will fail. Believe in your project and do not let yourself be hampered by those people.
Balance your commitments
Your day job will likely involve deadlines, deadlines, and administration to ensure your work progresses efficiently. You must apply the same high standards and care to your own project work. Don’t treat it like a second-class hobby. Use the tools available to organize yourself: for example, Evernote to record ideas; a to-do list; and your calendar to schedule your time.
Ask yourself if your contribution can be completed on your own or if you would benefit from partnering with someone to expand your ideas. You can keep the arrangements pretty casual, and as things progress you agree to a few terms in principle.
The only source of knowledge is experience. If you are thinking of starting a new project (again), get started, skip the learning curve.
⦁ Decide what you want to get out of the project
⦁ Make a thorough plan and timeline before you begin
⦁ Don’t rush to success
⦁ Make your time a priority
⦁ Commit to only one side project at a time
⦁ Include family and friends in your process