Having a job offers ongoing security, but many people find that necessity drives them to take regular employment in a role that really doesn’t speak to what they’re passionate about.
It is a rare privilege indeed to end up in a main career where you’re doing what you’re interested in and where you real talents lay – and even if it is an achievable dream, it is easy to become frustrated along the way as it takes so long to get there.
This is why it can be great for the soul (not to mention your bank balance) to spend your time away from your ‘proper’ job working on a side-hustle.
A side-hustle isn’t quite ‘moonlighting’, with its connotations of non-stop labor for ‘the man’ – instead, it’s a way to satisfy those parts of your life that have no place in your day job, whether these extra-curricular activities are artistic or social or whatever.
If you love to knit, to take photographs, or to design T-shirts and other clothing, there are plenty of online outlets where you can sign up and establish your own virtual shop.
If you like to get outdoors and meet people, it’s easy to join a website and establish yourself as a dog-walker, babysitter, or even as a tour guide showing people around your home city.
And if you have a fine automobile of which you are particularly proud, you have even more options. Some like to spend more time on the road by working as a Uber or Lyft driver, while the lazier option is to make your car available for hire – using Turo, kind of AirBnB for vehicles.
Whichever works for you, a side-hustle is a great way to open up your options and put a spring back in your professional step.
For a closer look at some side-hustle ideas and the resources to help you get started, have a peek at Quick Quid’s new infographic.