Changes are evident, as the so-called “gig economy” transforms the workforce and job market.
Do you have a side hustle? If not, you might want to consider getting one.
I started my first side hustle in college as a way to make some extra cash. I was already working on campus during my free hours in between classes. On top of that, I decided to add not one, but two part-time jobs into the mix. Thanks to self-motivation, a constant stream of caffeine and a very organized Google Calendar, I was able to bounce from my campus job in the mornings to class and tutoring in the afternoons, to my retail position on the weekends. Was it a lot? Yes. The bonus dollars at the end of each month made it worth it however.
Today, talk about side hustles is everywhere. You can’t scroll through Twitter or Facebook without seeing #sidehustle pop up on someone’s feed. Just the other day, I saw a tweet from a guy who is a banker by day and an Uber driver by night. Why not? Side hustles are the name of the game nowadays, at least as far as millennials are concerned. After all, who doesn’t want a few extra bucks in their pockets?
Personally, I love the concept of the side hustle. Whether you are in school, working full-time or doing anything in between, there is always an opportunity to make extra dough. Crafty creatives can sell their wares on sites such as Etsy or at farmers markets on the weekends. Closet declutterers can earn top dollar unloading old clothing to consignment shops or via online sites such as Poshmark or thredUP. Foodies can cover a few shifts at a local restaurant or help out at catering events in the evenings. No matter who you are, a side hustle that matches your interests and schedule is out there.
The key to getting started is to think about what you love and what you can do well. Are you a people person? Log a few hours staffing community events. Do you love your furry friends? Ask around to see if your neighbors need a dog-walker. With a little creativity, networking, and persistence, you can be well on your way to growing your bank account in no time.
Beyond that, many part-time gigs have the potential to act as stress relievers amid otherwise chaotic schedules. I don’t know about you, but switching gears from an office job to a financially rewarding hobby sounds like a welcome reprieve. No matter how you feel about your 9-5 position, knowing you can come home to an enjoyable project that will benefit your bank account is always a welcome thought.
Thanks to the growing popularity of the side hustle, the stigma of having multiple jobs at once is growing weaker. Working more than one job does not necessarily mean you are struggling to make ends meet or that you are strapped for funds (although it can certainly help in both situations). More and more frequently, having two-plus money-making operations signals a desire to be proactive and productive. If you are willing and able, why not use your hobby or skillset to rake in the dollars?
Power to the #sidehustle.
Our Turn is meant to capture the lifestyles of those 20-somethings to 35-year-olds. This edition of Our Turn is by freelance writer Sabrina Sucato, a graduate of Vassar College. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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