A Side Hustle Is the Secret to Career Happiness

Jordan Mendiola

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Constant worrying about paying bills, rent, and everyday life expenses equate to lots of built-up stress and worry. 

45% of working Americans report having a side hustle. (Source) That amounts to roughly 70 million people. Even celebrities are getting in on the action, recognizing the value in diversifying income streams according to Side Hustle Nation.

It’s more common than ever to have a side hustle. Nowadays, people look at you sideways if you aren’t pursuing anything on the side. Having a side hustle doesn’t mean you’re broke, but it shows that you want more out of life. 

I will share my top five reasons you need a side hustle. 

What Are Some Side Hustle Examples?

Side hustles come in all shapes and sizes. Every person who’s out there hustling has unique skills and passions that drive them to do more work. 

  •  Dog walking for neighbors or family members — $15/walk
  • Selling homemade items on Etsy or Red Bubble — $10+/item
  • Yardwork for nearby friends, family, and neighbors/$12+/hour
  • Creating content for a blog, channel, stream, etc. — $5/day
  • Uber Eats delivery — $40/day.
  • Day trading in the stock market — $50/day

1. Leads to More Financial Flexibility

Time and time again, bills pile up, and we’re left with very little money at the end of the month. This is the problem with working a 9–5 and doing only that. It leads us to live paycheck to paycheck without contributing to savings and investments. 

A side hustle gives you more cushion on top of your current income and allows you to have more freedom to spend how you want. Some people want to save 20%, invest 20%, and use the remaining 60% for expenses and personal use. 

Having an extra $300-$400 every month adds up and keeps you on top of your money. If you don’t pick up a side hustle that pays, odds are somebody else will. The extra money in your pockets will provide reassurance and security we all aspire to have. 

2. Helps You Find Your Passion

Most people find their true passion by trying new things. Money is an excellent driving force that got me to try new things like writing, vlogging, and walking dogs. 

After performing a wide variety of side hustles, I found a full-time job pursuing my dream to work in marketing, and I’m making money on the side writing blog posts online. I wouldn’t be where I’m today if I stuck to my 9–5 job alone.

Feeling lost in life is never a great feeling, but as long as you’re keeping yourself occupied and stepping out of your comfort zone, you’ll increase your chances of finding yourself. We all wish we knew our purpose in life without putting in the work, but it’s not that easy. 

You’ve got to put in the extra hours to pursue something that provides you extra income, and you’ll discover what you like and don’t like along the way. Keep busy, but avoid burnout.

Find your balance, and side hustling can be the creative outlet that allows you to test business ideas without quitting your full-time job. 

3. Can Lead to Full-Time Work

Wouldn’t it be nice to turn your side hustle into a full-time job? Many people are doing this more than ever with the help of the internet and all of the fancy free-lancing apps available. 

Some of my favorite apps to free-lance on include: 

  • Wag! Dog Walking App for gaining clients near me.
  • Fiverr for writing projects or graphic design gigs.
  • Red Bubble/Etsy for creating products and designs to sell.
  • NextDoor for finding people nearby who need help with random projects.

Writing every single day for a side hustle income has led me to earn enough money to begin pursuing it full-time with stable money coming in. 

Side hustles are the perfect excuse to give one of your curiosities a try for two reasons. One, you get to make money in the process. Two, it can lead to full-time work, and you can quit any time you feel like exploring something new.

4. Gives You More Skills and Experience 

Not everyone has the time or energy to pursue extra work on the side. Some of us have kids, families, and other special circumstances that don’t allow for it. 

But if you’re one of the lucky ones who do have the opportunity to work on a side hustle, you’ll gain more useful skills and knowledge that can add to your resume. Most people who have or had side hustles are more interesting individuals. 

Skills I’ve gained from Side Hustling:

  • Punctual and timely scheduling on Google Calendar.
  • Confident talking on the phone and in-person with strangers.
  • Creative content creating skills that help inspire people.
  • Poised budgeting with the extra income.
  • Strong networking skills online and in-person.
  • Unique methods of income when combining all skills.

Ask any one of your friends who has a side hustle, and odds are the friends who say they have a side hustle are more energetic and upbeat. They’re happy because they’re doing something they enjoy, and money is coming in — a perfect win-win scenario.

Experimenting with side hustles can result in a confidence boost, enhanced creativity, and more appreciation for life. 

5. You’ll Look Forward to Every Day

Most people live for the weekends because it's the only time they truly get a break from their 9–5 job. Unfortunately, most people don’t look forward to the weekdays because they have to do work that doesn’t make them happy.

I’m not saying you need to quit your day job to pursue a side hustle, hobby, or passion project. Instead, I’m saying that when you put in work in the “after-hours” when everyone else is relaxing, you’re increasing your net worth. 

Working extra side jobs elevates your intelligence and willingness to take risks — two things employers and people looking to date look for in life. After a few weeks of pursuing side hustles, you’ll feel the excitement coursing through your veins. 

Every day seems more like an opportunity rather than a day you want to check off your list. Side hustles help you live for every day rather than just the weekends. 

Final Thoughts

If you’ve tried side hustles, then you’re elevating your potential and gaining experience that many people aren’t. But if you haven’t tried a side hustle in your life, it’s not too late.

There’s so much opportunity out there for you to explore new horizons.

I urge everyone to pursue a side hustle project, however big or small. 

The rewards are priceless, and you’ll live with fewer regrets. 

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com 08.18.20 ?

Chicago, IL
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