Having been an entrepreneur minded hack for a decade plus, many have asked especially in recent times with mainstream jobs evaporating in many sectors driven by digitization and supply led recalibrations pandemic led that where do we find the cognitive resources to start up (everyone i know has been pushed to start a business as incomes evaporated overnight). If you are not from the salaried public sector elites in your country, with job security- then every job is gig work in the precarious platform economy. Your work can be offshored to the other part of the world at a fraction of the cost. The trampoline is often your own ability to reskill and pivot, often at a huge cost. With an unconventional, nonlinear resume- i operate at the fringes which has compelled me to figure out revenue streams, lead pipelines, invoicing, and the project pipelines. Fringes also mean that there is no core, and the core evolves as per the opportunity. This of course needs a mental frame shift- from an employee to a service provider. Start where one can find leverage, what can do right away that other people need.
Liberal arts folks ask- how can i do consulting is often a query which is put to me:
The answer is what language expertise that you can offer or editing skills (core competences). A 100-dollar article is all you need to start. I started with INR 1000.