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How Many Side Hustles do You Have?

How many gigs or side hustles do you have?

This question is predicted to soon replace the currently used – “So what do you do for a living?” Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Take a look around you. See how many people are having regular jobs with side hustles, which help keep them secure in the knowledge that a “pink slip” is not going to have a cataclysmic effect on their existence and their dreams. So it comes as no surprise to learn that about one-third of 1,000 people surveyed admitted to having two (or more) jobs.

Side hustles galore

There are multiple ways of securing additional sources of income. Some examples of side hustles include:

  • Buying second-hand goods, books and artifacts and selling them online.
  • Sell paintings, handicrafts and other creative products online.
  • Teach music online or in your home.
  • Coach sports in the evening or on weekends.
  • Consult for businesses.
  • Sing, rap or compose lyrics or melodies.
  • Write, blog or edit for companies – both large and small.
  • Be a designer – of websites or clothes.
  • Take photographs – landscapes, senior pictures and weddings.
  • Teach English as a second language.
  • Bartend or waiter/waitress.
  • Provide childcare, especially for parents who work second or third shifts.
  • Drive for Uber or Lyft.
  • Rent out your home as an Airbnb host.

People want an additional job for many reasons. Not only does it offer extra pocket money, but it also enables one to follow a passion or pursue a hobby while earning. Such creative hobbies help people focus more on their work in general, keeps them focused, active and energized – so no one loses.

Benefits of a side hustle

  • Gain alternative skills or real world experience.
  • Find more meaning in work.
  • Enjoy better financial security.
  • Network with people from other spheres of life.
  • Lay the foundations of a completely new career.
  • Gain better work-life balance.
  • Acquire entrepreneurial attitude and empathy for your employer.
  • Become more organized, productive, innovative, optimistic, proactive and creative.
  • Feel rejuvenated, enthusiastic and passionate about work.
  • Build a personal brand as a subject matter expert.
  • Find confidence and purpose in life.

All the above benefits are great to have in a changing job market which is still trying to figure out how many workers will be replaced partly or totally by robots, as workplaces turn more toward technology to automate menial tasks.

Start moonlighting, follow your passions and lay the path to a brighter future in the land of your dreams. For the most part, many side hustles require you to put in your time to make it work. Just be sure that you don’t become frazzled and burnt out with overwork. On the other hand, you can have a great side hustle just by renting out a room in your house and make good money doing so, especially in tourist hot spots. The times they’re a-changing…and the types of side hustles are too!

Do you have a side hustle or can you recommend one not on the list? Please share it with us!

The content on this blog is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for competent legal advice. They reflect the opinions of DCR Workforce and may not reflect the opinions of any individual attorney. Do contact an attorney for advice specific to your issue or problem.
Natasha is an analytical person, which makes her a perfect match for researching and resolving payroll- and payroll tax-related issues. A true participant in the gig economy, she has several side hustles as well, including grocery delivery services, multiple cosmetology gigs and an ecommerce site!