Project Management

The Personal PM: Starting and Growing a Side-Hustle Business

PMI Toronto Chapter

Bruce is the founder of, a resource for growing IT project managers.

Project management methods are typically taught with a large organization in mind. Today, I’d like to share how project management methods apply on a much smaller scale—starting and growing a part-time business. Also known as a side hustle, the goal is to create additional sources of income, develop new skills, and more. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

How I Got Started
My journey into starting a side hustle started years ago when I read The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss for the second time. I started a blog website and then looked at my skills. Writing and research are some of my critical skills, so I turned to freelance. Fast-forward a few years, and my freelance business has improved my life in several ways. I’ve been able to pay for trips, buy a few new electronics, increase my savings and develop additional business skills.

Reflecting on the journey, several project management-related lessons are needed to draw from the experience. If you are considering starting or growing a business on the side of your full-time job, I hope you will find these lessons helpful.

Personal PM: Resource Management
In personal project management, you start with minimal resources. In my case, my primary resources were my skills and time, and technology. Optimizing these resources took time and experimentation. It also involved making …

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