My Retirement Side-Hustle MS Office Developer 18 months in. It has been a year and half since I left the corporate world and hung up my virtual shingle. Well, that is when I published my Microsoft Office Development www.excelandvbacraftsman.com website that is.
MS Office Developer 18 months in My Retirement Side-Hustle Goals Were Simple:
Generate a modest amount of income while not working full time. Hard work, a lifetime of saving, thrift, living debt free and investing put my wife and I in the enviable position that we do not need to work. Well the income I have earned through the business is not massive, it has absolutely surpassed my expectations. Every dollar earned is appreciated in this time of covid uncertanty.
Stay occupied, stay sharp -If you have been in the corporate world for a while your body and mind are used to the 9 to 5 discipline and having a virtual conveyor belt of tasks being fed to you. I am admittedly, an antsy guy, and I was concerned about not being bored. I can laugh about that now as I am always busy with new projects. Business has been steady, and my daily exercise walk of over an hour is the new project conveyor belt. My mind is forever generating ideas for new articles, coding projects, of course some good, some not so much.
Continue to enjoy coding and new challenges. I love Excel, VBA and making highly automated efficient workbooks, I always have. Technology has always been good for me and my career. Im guessing it would not hurt in my semi retirement I find Im having fun.
What I have discovered as a Freelance MS Office Developer 18 months in that I want to share:
Generating customers is an ongoing, active never-ending process. I have mentioned in prior post that the days of putting up a website and passively generating business are generally gone. I say generally because there will always be “hot” skills. The MS Office development space is anything but hot and is highly competitive- consultants, freelancers and businesses are paying dearly for each click Google sends their way. Run Google search on ‘VBA freelancer’ and you will get pages and pages of paid for Google ads.
Building Website Traffic is a long haul but, It can be done
On August 14 of last year, I had 20 visitors to my site and they visited 30 pages. Flash forward one year to 2020 and I had 69 visitors to the site and 192 page visits. Site traffic has tripled but its taken a long year. In reading about website development and SEO – (How google steers people who search on for example VBA developer) I learned it can take a year or more to build traffic. In my case it absolutely did. So, the sooner you get started on that building that side hustle the better.
I am ecstatic my side hustle is doing as well as it is provides hope for other people looking to develop a new businesses. I must admit I could pursue and likely generate more business but right now it is at a manageable scale that I am comfortable with.