Side projects rule the world. They can essentially be defined as anything you enjoy doing in your free time with or without the intention of making money.
This blog started as a side project. It’s my canvass for exploring new ideas and thoughts. Gmail and Nasty Gal also started as passion projects. Both are viable businesses today.
The great thing about side projects is that there’s no pressure to make them work, at least in the beginning. You take a side project on for fun and because you think it’ll add some value to other people, even if it’s just a friend.
But I think everyone needs a side project. Today’s reality requires everyone to be an entrepreneur on the side. The economy is forever unpredictable and machines are taking away human jobs. Start a blog, write a book, sell some art on Etsy, make a rap album, or go to the extreme and build a rocket ship or modern car like Elon Musk.
Creativity can’t be automated. It takes the complexity and effort of the human brain to come up with new ideas that are essentially subjective mashups of interests, experiences, and access.
It turns that if you really love doing something and enriching other people’s lives a career may meet you half-way. But there’s no rush to monetize a side-project, just start because you love it first and then capitalize on the opportunities to grow it even further.