Should You Start a Side Hustle?

A side hustle is anything that brings in money beyond your normal job. It’s not just a second job, though. A side hustle is usually some sort of small business that you run in your free time, giving you control over when you work. It offers more flexibility than a traditional second job and can be a lot more fun than your day job. 

More and more people are starting a side gig, but it’s not for everyone. Keep reading to learn five reasons why a side hustle might be the right option for you.

1. You want to diversify your income

With a side hustle, you’ll have a bit of extra income coming in. You can use this income to pay off debt, plan for a big trip, or save for a bigger purchase (like a house).

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2. You’re considering switching career paths

If you’re thinking about changing careers, your resume might not have what it needs to get a job in your new chosen field. A side hustle can help you get the experience you need to update your resume and land the job.

3. You want to learn a new skill

Even if you’re not thinking about changing careers, a side gig can help you learn new skills. It’s pretty common to stop growing in your day job because you do the same thing day after day, week after week, and year after year. With a side hustle, you can learn new skills to help you become more productive in your personal and professional life.

4. You can explore your passion

If you can’t pursue your passion in your full-time job, a side gig gives you the space to do that and can give you a creative outlet.

5. You want to be your own boss

A side gig gives you a lot of flexibility, so you can work when you want and how much you want. You’ll decide when to work and when to take some time off. It’s also a great way to see what you’re capable of on your own or if you have what it takes to turn your hobby into a career.

Last thoughts

If you’re going to start a side hustle, think about how much time you can devote to it and how much time you want to devote to it. There are a lot of options out there (including blogging, tutoring, driving for Uber or Lyft, starting an Etsy store, and more). How much time do you want to invest in your side gig?

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woman using laptop to work on her side hustle