A side hustle is something you do part-time in addition to your main gig. Whether your main gig is a full-time student, a stay-at-home-mom or dad, an artist or an investment banker, you should always ALWAYS have a side hustle. It doesn’t matter if your side hustle takes up two hours a week or twenty, here are some reasons why everyone should have one:
1. Extra income
This is the obvious one. Whether to save up for the newest IT bag, stash more in savings, or pay off student loan debt (that’d be me!), a side hustle can be a very lucrative gig, even if it doesn’t take up much time. Take blogs for example. There are myraid ways to earn a little extra by writing regularly about something you’re good at and/or passionate about. Now, I’m not one of those people who will tell you that you will earn $1,000 in your first month. You conceivably could. But often, bloggers who get into it for the money are sorely disappointed when their affiliate marketing, Google Ads and sponsored post revenue doesn’t even hit the $20 mark in their first month. Same with any industry you choose. If you’d like to be a house cleaner, you’ll need to shell out money for good quality supplies first, and then start with friends and family. You will need to spend time developing a social media presence and a good website – none of this has to cost much at the outset, and you may be successful right off the bat. If you are, yay! this is awesome! If not, don’t worry – keep trucking – try anything and everything.
My Mother instilled in me, from a very young age, the notion that a woman must always earn her own income. She could not afford to stay home with me, but stressed that should I ever be a stay-at-home mom, that I should have something of my own. Anything. Illustrations. Photography. Accounting. Why? Because there is a 50% divorce rate in this country. Is that a romantic way of thinking? No, but it’s practical. And should my husband pass away or leave me (not happy thoughts for sure), if I have my own way of making cash, I won’t be in the same precarious position I would be in if I had nothing.
“But my husband would never leave me!” I get it. Practicality isn’t fun. I’m not suggesting that you sit around and think about your husband leaving you every day, but it happens. Women leave stay-at-home Dads, too. And while stay-at-home parents certainly work extremely hard, I believe that independence is priceless. Maybe your independence involves getting a degree, maybe it involves starting to sell the pretty calligraphy you’ve always done, or maybe it’s blogging about raising your kids. Whatever ‘it’ is, set yourself up so that you can always take care of yourself.
3. Career Change
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been bored with your job? Hated your job? Hated the industry you’re in (which you may be in because of a major you chose when you were 18)? Yep, we’ve all been there. Some of us have the money to go back to school to learn something new and change careers. Most of us do not. For those of us that do not, I would advocate that you take your extra minutes or hours every week to build your skill set in something you’re passionate about. Do that thing you love. Or do that thing you like that you know will afford your family a better life. DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY. If you went to school for finance, but really want to code websites, check out <a href=”www.codeacademy.com”>Code Academy</a> and try to do a lesson per night. Or a lesson per week, if that’s all your time allows. As you build skills, toss them up on your resume. If you’re currently working in a company full-time, ask for new projects based on the skills you’re building. If not, build your own websites and apps. The Internet is amazing, and YouTube has incredible skills videos. I LEARNED HOW TO GROUT FROM YOUTUBE. And, the first time I did it, it came out amazing. You can do this.
Yes, you should eat right and exercise. But, I believe that for optimal brain health, you should always keep learning. My grandmother is eighty-nine and she LOVES to learn. She watches shows on outer space, technology, politics, history, and reads any book she can get her hands on. As her body ages, her mind has stayed as sharp as a young person’s, and that is definitely attributable to a good attitude and being a lifelong learner. Despite being a stay-at-home mother for many years, my grandmother always had a side hustle. She would make doilies, and helped run my grandfather’s laundromat. Being up and about and actively engaged in learning for her whole life has made for a VERY sharp little old lady. Even if you don’t need/want to make a ton of extra cash, and don’t desire a career change, having a side hustle is always good for the mind. Keep yours in tip top shape.
I hope these have inspired you to use your own unique talents and desires to create something amazing.
Do you already have a side hustle? If so, post it below so other readers can check it out! Network with each other. Tell us what having a side hustle has done for you.