Hustle. Hustle. Ka-ching!
As Lisa Whelpey mentioned in her video, The Art of the Side Hustle, there are just as many reasons to get a side hustle as there are ways to make that bonus bank. Lisa’s reason is her passion for traveling, but there are many other common reasons to go after that extra income:
- Hobbies. Rather than travel, you may enjoy an expensive sport like golf or owning a horse. Rebuilding classic cars or skydiving might be your thing, but you may not want to dip into your regular income to cover these costs.
- Dreams. Whether you’re picturing an early retirement, planning a family, continuing your education or starting your own business, these goals can come with a hefty price tag. Setting money aside today can help you get closer with each gig you take on.
- Service. Some side hustlers do it because they feel a deep desire to serve others or contribute to causes that are important to them. Maybe you want to donate to cancer research or adopt all the dogs, but your current paycheck is already stretched; a part-time job can help make it possible.
- Debt. Avoiding debt is ideal, but it’s not always realistic. Earning a little extra money to pay your debt down is a smart investment of your time and will pay rich dividends in the long run.
- Connections. If you’re considering switching careers at some point – or simply want to enhance your professional standing – a part-time gig can be a great way to learn a new skill and meet potential future employers.
- Discounts. Let’s say you have an obsession with nice clothes or are dreaming of new furniture. Pick up a few hours at your favorite store so you can spoil yourself … at a big savings.
When thinking of a side hustle, a few obvious ones instantly come to mind, like being an Uber driver or working retail, but there are plenty of other gigs that can help you earn money AND enjoy yourself:
- Walk neighborhood dogs, pet sit or house sit
- Offer up your unique talents like household organizing, special occasion makeup or landscaping
- Share your business skills with resume writing or social media consulting
- Teach others how to cook, perform basic car maintenance or play guitar
- Tutor younger kids on basic subjects or help high school students prep for SAT and other critical exams
- Handle customer service that can be done after hours – this might include helping people book vacations or responding to online tech support questions
- Look into retail, restaurant and hospitality jobs. These work well for a part-time commitment or even just a seasonal hustle
- Read what Entrepreneur magazine has to say about it; it recently shared 50 great gigs that could kick-start some income
In addition to taking the initiative to pursue side hustles like those listed above, there are many different websites and organizations that help connect side hustlers with people who need your services.
Always check out their reputation and reviews to reduce the likelihood that you’ll get ripped off, but here are a few to get you started. You might be surprised at the wide range of service categories they offer – hello, legal translation freelancer!
- fiverr (music and audio, graphic design, digital marketing, programming and tech, video and animation, etc.)
- Upwork (admin support, customer service, accounting, translation, legal services, etc.)
- Care.com (errands, tutoring, private lessons, babysitting, senior care, pet services, etc.)
If you’re ready to cash in on the gig economy, here’s what you need to do:
- Decide how much time you’re willing to commit each week
- Determine how much money you’re hoping to earn
- Make a list of your top 5 side hustle ideas
- Get referrals to people and businesses that could use your services
- Sign up with services like the ones mentioned above (fiverr, Upwork and Care.com)
Of course, you can always access our online career development program, GOALS, which provides guidance for each unique stage in your career. We’re here for you!