A lot of times we allow fear of social situations to control us. Be it public speaking, going to an event where you don’t know anyone, or just going out after work we all have some places where we are anxious in social settings. Even for the more outgoing and extroverted there are times when social fears and anxieties cause us to avoid interactions that otherwise would be to our benefit.
Whether it is producing content such as podcasts, blogs, and videos, consulting, or building applications for personal use or for sale, or even creating other content like music and books, there is a lot to be gained by hustling on the side, a lot of which is much more difficult to get in a regular job. Taking on a side project can help build your career and your skills, provided you do it in an intelligent fashion. If you are considering starting a side project of your own, an early awareness of the upsides and downsides can save you a ton of pain and frustration.