How to Slide Into a Side Hustle
By Sandy Schroeder
The CBS Morning Show took on this issue recently, pointing out the difference between a side hustle and a second job. Second jobs often make sure the bills are paid and dinner is on the table. They tend to be tiring but sometimes necessary. On the other hand, side hustles may be explorations of things you have always wanted to do, extensions of your hobbies, or reflections of your talents.
Pursue Your Passion
Many people explore their passions and eventually turn them into full-time efforts when they become really profitable and time-consuming.
If that sounds like fun to you, people doing side hustles usually recommend you hang onto your day job to pay the mortgage, provide health insurance, and keep everything together until the side hustle becomes a truly solid business venture. Try yours out in the evening or on weekends and see how it goes.
Pick Something You Love
I have known all sorts of people who have done this. Some blew glass. Others painted, acted in local plays, or whipped up bakery confections in their kitchen. When the time was right, they carried everything to the next level. Most of them never looked back, and loved every minute.
One of the most colorful examples was a fellow who was a very talented musician. He loved New Orleans and visited often, playing brief gigs at local restaurants. His full-time job as a music teacher paid the bills, but his heart was really in New Orleans.
Over time with several visits, he built up a following with short gigs and was offered more and more incentives to play. When it became profitable enough, he settled in with a permanent gig in a popular restaurant. He and his family are now enjoying life in New Orleans.
If a side hustle appeals to you, think about the things that you love to do in your free time, and see where they may fit in today's world. It may be a complete departure from your everyday job, or a spin off that deals with one aspect of your daily work.
If you are already happily involved in some effort using your skills and talents to help people in your community, you may consider how that could be expanded. Whatever you choose, make sure it makes you happy. Side hustles that don't seem like work at all often become very successful enterprises.
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