If you know me personally, then you know that I recently made the switch to full-time self-employment. I never even thought that this would be possible for myself, and without starting a side business in the first place, I do not think that any of this would have ever happened.

There are many positives of starting a side business, and today I get to tell you those reasons.

A side business allows you to pay off debt more quickly

One of the reasons that I buckled down and really started to focus on my side business was so that I could pay off my $40,000 in student loans that I accrued after I finished my third degree.

The $40,000 in student loan debt was a really frightening number to think about, and I know that if I only worked my day job that it would take quite a long time to pay it off. I have heard stories of people taking decades to pay off their student loans, and I did not want to be one of those people with student loan debt hanging out my head when my future children go to college.

I wanted my student loan debt to be eliminated as soon as possible.

That is when I decided that I needed to work at least part-time doing something in order to pay off my student loan debt more quickly. With my side business, I was able to pay off my student loans very quickly.

I threw almost all of my profit each week towards my student loans, so that I wasn’t even able to think of the side business money as “mine.”

Advantages of Having a Side Business

A side business can let you pursue your passion

Not everyone loves their day job. And I was one of those people. My side business first started as a hobby, and grew from there. My side business started as an outlet where I could voice my opinion and learn from the community that I was a part in. It was a really great thing to have since I did not enjoy my day job.

A side business can eventually become your full-time business

Eventually, I knew that I would rather pursue my passionate side business rather than my boring day job. Starting my business first as a side business was a great idea for myself. I was able to not fully rely on the side business income since I still had my day job income. This allowed me to completely test the ropes of having my own business, but not having to be stressed out about the financial aspects of having your own business from day one since I already had a stable job that provided benefits.

I was able to see if a side business was for me or not. If I decided it wasn’t for me, it wouldn’t have been a huge deal since I still had my day job.

Due to starting my business first on a part-time basis, I was able to slowly make the transition to making my business a full-time venture. I think that this method helped me a lot, as I was able to grow with the business and learn from my mistakes without it hurting me too much.

A side business allows helps you become more diversified

A big positive of starting a side business is that it can help you become more diversified. Everyone remembers the down economy of the past few years, and a side business can help get you through that in the form of extra money.

Not relying on just one form of income can be a lifesaver.

Have you started your own side business? Why or why not?



Michelle Schroeder is the founder of Making Sense of Cents and Diversified Finances, a personal finance and lifestyle blog about budgeting, traveling, life, and student loans. Read further on her story and life.