9 tips for better side projects

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 design portfolios 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.

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Julia Sagar
Editor-in-chief retail

Julia is editor-in-chief, retail at Future Ltd, where she works in e-commerce across a number of consumer lifestyle brands. A former editor of design website Creative Bloq, she’s also worked on a variety of print titles, and was part of the team that launched consumer tech website TechRadar. She's been writing about art, design and technology for over 15 years.