Are you aboard the side-hustle train yet? If so, you’re part of a growing, ambitious sector of society — it’s estimated that over one-third of millennials have a side hustle. Put simply, a side hustle is a business you run in your free time that allows you the flexibility to pursue what you’re most interested in. It’s a chance to delve into fashion blogging, jewelry-making, career coaching, or whatever else you’re passionate about (while keeping your day job and paycheck). Aside from the additional (uncapped!) revenue stream, a side hustle has a string of other major benefits too.
Here are five of our favorite benefits of starting a side hustle (that have nothing to do with money):
1. You’ll (surprisingly!) like your day job more.
Living life with a clear and defined purpose outside the office will help you care a lot less about being bored at work. When I was employed and life coaching & writing on the side, my salary took all financial pressure off my business, which, ironically, helped it grow so fast. The power of my side hustle intention seeped into every area of my life and even left me more energized in my cubicle which, interestingly, actually lead to me earning a lot more money in my day job!
2. You’ll lose the toxic types.
Ain’t nothin’ like a busy, inspired, focused person to deflect negative Nancies. Rocking a side hustle means you’ll be naturally busier and engaged. This means you will have to say “no” to more stuff — and the first to go will be the people who don’t energize you. Adios!
3. You’ll make new friends.
Once you’re immersed in your new biz, you’ll naturally be a magnet to other people like you. I met a whole circle of life coaches, wellness experts, and bloggers when I became a coach. Your high-flying vibes will attract your new tribe instantly! There is no end to the opening of online and offline communities that will unfold for you.
4. You’ll grow.
There is nothing like an entrepreneurial venture to teach you a million new things. From creating a website to networking to balancing a business bank account every month, you’ll be picking up fresh skills left and right. More than that, you’ll be a new person: a CEO. Boom, #girlboss!
5. You’ll shine.
Ever seen a person living their passion: a singer with a microphone, an artist with a pencil, a party planner with a clipboard and an empty space? There’s nothing quite like living your passion here on Earth. When I started my side hustle, people told me I looked better. Because I did! I felt lighter. There was color in my cheeks and a different energy in my walk. I was happy. No matter what you’re doing, is there any greater benefit than that?
What’s your side hustle, or what are you thinking about turning into one? Lemme know in the comments below!