Muhammad So - for a long time as I freelanced, I worked with a designer. The designer found the jobs, worked with the client and sent me the design to build into a website. He originally found me in an email from one of his friends asking him if he needed a programmer. We ended up working together for almost 8 years, lol... I must have built 30-40 websites for him over that time.
My side project I get paid for - not a lot (not my value) but enough. We get our money from companies that sponsor the website / events we put on. I met my partner on this through a mutual friend he went to school with and that grew up with my uncle, again - lol...
This new project - no money yet. My partner for the side project will pay for the servers and such, but coding, design, server maintenance, etc... is all on me until it makes money. If it doesn't... well - that's the risk you take as an entrepreneur. Of all the ideas I've come up with; I feel the strongest about this one. Conversely, any project that doesn't make it is still a project for the resume. I'd love for everything I build to turn into reoccurring income but that's not reality.
I signed the papers and am starting part time work next Monday - enough hours / money to make things a little easier but not so much I can't work on my side project full time.
Really - anything past a day job comes down to a bit of luck and a bit of determination. When my day job and I separated late May of this year; I was determined to find part time, decent pay work that I could still work on my side project full time. I didn't want a full time job anymore; I didn't want to have to go to an office every day anymore. Luck would have it, the part time work I found (they contacted me) is for a company I rebuilt their website for 3 years ago - so never burn bridges and always try to leave on a good note. I'd rather make a bit of money from a few different sources (side projects, freelance, part time) and make my own hours and work from home then to make the same money from 1 day job and kill myself for someone else's dream.