The Power of the Side Hustle: How Speaking Gigs Can Transform Your Passion into a Full-Time Career

If you’re passionate about speaking, there’s a fantastic way to channel that energy into both making an impact and growing your business: speaking as a side hustle. Many successful speakers started their journey exactly this way, and we’re here to tell you why it’s a potent strategy to turn your dreams of speaking full time into reality.

1. Building Your Skill Set

Speaking as a side hustle allows you to hone your skills while still having the security of your primary job or business. It’s an opportunity to experiment with various speaking styles, understand different audience dynamics, and refine your content. The more you speak, the more confident and versatile you become as a speaker. I was in the mortgage industry when I started speaking as a side-hustle. Speaking as a side hustle gave me the security of having my full time with the entrepreneurial benefits. If you can manage the schedule with doing both, it is a great way to get started as a speaker.

2. Expanding Your Network

Every speaking engagement introduces you to new people—potential clients, collaborators, or mentors. Networking is a cornerstone of any successful speaking career. Your side hustle gigs provide invaluable opportunities to connect with event organizers, fellow speakers, and attendees. These connections can open doors to more speaking opportunities and collaborations, laying the groundwork for your transition to full-time speaking.

3. Showcasing Your Expertise

Every speech you give is a chance to showcase your expertise. Regardless of whether you’re speaking to a small community group or a large conference, your knowledge and passion shine through. As you consistently deliver valuable content, your reputation as a knowledgeable speaker grows. Eventually, event organizers will seek you out, recognizing your ability to captivate an audience and deliver impactful messages.

4. Generating Additional Income

Speaking engagements, even as a side hustle, can provide an additional income stream. While you’re pursuing your passion, you’re also earning money. This extra income can be reinvested into your speaking business, funding activities like marketing, professional development, or attending industry events. As your speaking gigs grow, so does your financial stability, making the transition to full-time speaking more feasible.

5. Gaining Confidence and Visibility

The more you speak, the more confident you become. Confidence is magnetic—it attracts more speaking opportunities and allows you to handle diverse and challenging situations on stage. Additionally, with every gig, your visibility increases. You become a familiar face in the speaking circuit, making it easier for event organizers to consider you for future events.

6. Developing Your Unique Voice

Speaking as a side hustle gives you the freedom to explore your passions and find your unique voice. You can experiment with different topics, styles, and presentation formats. Over time, you’ll discover what resonates most with your audience and what makes your approach distinctive. This self-discovery is invaluable and forms the foundation of a compelling speaking brand.

7. Transitioning to Full-Time Speaking

With a solid foundation built through your side hustle, transitioning to full-time speaking becomes a natural progression. By this point, you’ve honed your skills, established a strong network, gained confidence, and developed your unique voice. You have a track record of successful speaking engagements and a portfolio that showcases your expertise. Armed with these assets, you can confidently make the leap to speaking full time, pursuing your passion as a sustainable and fulfilling career. When I took the leap to become a full-time speaker, I had already built a strong foundation of a side hustle that carried me into self employment.

At Speaker School, we understand the journey from a side hustle speaker to a full-time professional. Embrace your speaking gigs, learn from every experience, and let your passion guide you. With dedication, persistence, and the right support, you can turn your side hustle into a thriving, impactful speaking career. Before you quit your job, consider trying speaking as a side-hustle to see how your speaking business grows. Here’s to your success, both now and in the inspiring journey ahead!

If you want to listen to how I quit my full time job, listen to this podcast episode.

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Alex Demczak started Speaker School to help individuals launch and scale their speaking business. Alex previously worked in corporate sales for five years. On December 21st, 2021, Alex quit his full-time job to pursue his speaking business full-time. Alex now performs around 50 speaking engagements per year to audiences across the country. Alex and his team at Speaker School are on a mission to empower others to do the same.