+$Side projects are a great way to pick up a new skill, hone your creative talents, and, if you're lucky, make a bit of money. Thanks to online resources, it's now easier than ever to take your skills to the next level, but turning your side project into a success is still incredibly difficult. Although it certainly can be done.
+$Side projects can also be valuable additions to your portfolio – see our list of inspirational设计组合+$to get some ideas – and employers are often to keen to discuss such projects at interview. To help you on the way to side project satisfaction, we asked designers for their expert hints and tips.
+$03. Believe in your projects
+$You should give just as much importance to the personal projects as the paying projects, says Paula Sánchez,嘿+$’s project manager, “but obviously only when the paying part isn’t a pressing concern!” Don’t just start a side project for the sake of it though, she adds: “do it with passion and believe in what you’re doing.”
+$Personal projects can also help with client work in the end, says Hey's designer Adrià Molins. “Create personal projects that enrich your style and work as a creative exercise that transfers over to the studio.”
+$04. Turn it into a habit
+$05. Don't panic about time
“每个人的生活都不同;每个人的日常生活都不同 - 你必须找到适合你的节奏，“他说加文奇怪。 “但我觉得最令人鼓舞的事实是，我们每天都有24小时相同的事情。这取决于我们如何使用它们！“
+$For Hey, the Spanish studio known for its side projects, it's important to realise that there's no such thing as time wasted. “With self-initiated projects, we have time to explore and innovate, and if we come up with something that we like, we can inject it into our commercial projects,” says Hey's founder Verònica Fuerte. “You are never wasting your time when you are taking ideas further and playing with new graphic forms.”
+$06. Set your own goals
“这就是副项目的美妙之处 - 他们被允许扩张，”斯特兰奇补充道。 “他们被允许花费数年时间。他们被允许是奇怪的。你是自己的客户;你自己的老板。你设定了自己的期望。只要注意风和实验。“
+$07. Look at your old ideas
+$If you’re stuck for an idea, in either personal or client work, it might be worth looking back at your sketchbook. “Revisit your doodles, sketches and rejected ideas from other projects,” advises Molins. “Perhaps there’s something in there that can work when taken in a different direction.”
+$08. Share Your Work
+$Put your work out there, says Sánchez. “Share your projects with the enthusiasm and intensity that you made them with.” Don’t be afraid to share your process, too, “even if it’s not very well done,” adds Fuerte. “Perfection is for your website, Instagram is for having fun. It’s more about information not presentation, so just worry more about getting your message out than how it looks. This doesn’t come naturally for designers, which makes it even more interesting!
+$“Moments are not always perfect,” she continues. “Hardly ever, in fact. So just be honest and show yourself as you really are, not how you think you should be. That honesty has a value and charm that can’t easily be faked.”
+$09. Don't be afraid to call time