So, someone who wanted to remain anonymous (for now) sent me this in a DM, so I asked them if I had permission to reshare, and they said yes.
Have you started your own tech side hustle?
Absolutely! I’ve been working on an IoT-based solution for smart homes. I started it initially just to automate my own home, but soon realized there’s a potential market for my approach. Now, I’ve got a little online store selling my solutions.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced, and how have you overcome them?
Two main challenges for me:
- Time Management: Balancing my 9-to-5 job, family commitments, and the side hustle was tough. I started dedicating specific “blocks” of time just for my side project, like Saturday mornings and Wednesday nights.
- Technical Limitations: As I ventured into IoT, I realized there’s a whole world of hardware compatibility issues I hadn’t considered. Joining some dedicated IoT forums and communities helped me get answers and feedback on these problems.
Are there any tools or resources that have been invaluable in your journey?
Trello for task management and GitHub for version control (obviously ). Also, I’ve found Node-RED to be super useful for creating IoT workflows without going crazy on the coding side.
How have you managed the balance between your full-time job and your side project?
It’s all about setting boundaries. My employer knows about my side hustle and is supportive as long as it doesn’t interfere with my work tasks. I don’t work on my side project during office hours. Also, keeping my side hustle fun and not treating it as another “job” has been essential to prevent burnout.
For those integrating fintech into their projects, what insights can you share about the experience?
I’m actually in the early stages of this. I’ve integrated Rapyd for payment processing in my online store. It was surprisingly straightforward, thanks to their comprehensive documentation. However, I’m still figuring out the nuances of international payments and tax implications, so any insights from the community would be appreciated!
Hope this helps someone out there. Cheers!