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Should You Have a Side Hustle?

You’ve heard the expression, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” If you’ve ever been laid off, you know how tenuous the job market can sometimes be.

That’s partially why 55 million Americans are now freelancing as I-9 contractors (need a refresher? Watch this). These independent workers are engaging in side jobs in addition to their day jobs, or multiple part-time gigs, in order to make ends meet. They understand that having a side hustle – or several – is the key to coming out ahead in a volatile job market.

Wondering how you can too?

Do the Hustle

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The first step toward developing a side hustle is to figure out exactly what you’re good at and how you can turn it into a marketable service.

Some Side Hustle Ideas

  • Do you have a nice car and a clean driving record? Then Uber it.
  • Are you crafty? What about opening your own Etsy shop?
  • How about babysitting or mowing lawns on the weekends?
  • If you have a spare room in your home, there’s Airbnb.
  • Love to write? Sites like WriterAccess can help you get paid.
  • How about pet sitting? Check out
  • Did you play trumpet or some other instrument in high school? Why not give lessons in your home?
  • In many states, you only have to have a bachelor’s degree to be a substitute teacher.
  • How about delivering pizza on Friday nights?

There’s been a proliferation of “side hustle” job sites, like Flexjobs or Task Rabbit that help Americans with their goal of not keeping all of their eggs in one job basket. The Penny Hoarder always gives great ideas for a hundred mini-side hustles you can start today to help you save and make money.

You can even resale recycled “junk” at your local flea market. Or, just pick up a seasonal retail job. These days, there are thousands of ways to do the hustle.

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How to Start the Hustle

A successful side hustle requires two things, really:

  1. Figuring out the hustle.
  2. Maximizing your free time to get it done.

A side hustle is all about using wasted time to generate extra income. You replace unproductive, idle time with creative, fulfilling tasks that help you make extra income.

In fact, a side hustle doesn’t even have to be monetized – because it can be fulfilling in so many other ways. Volunteering at your local animal shelter may become your side hustle. Your payment will be more about how you feel at the end of the day than how much money you have.

Artisan Talent Has Side Hustle

If you have creative skills, we can help you in your goal of finding a moneymaking side-hustle. If you’re thinking about finally using that creative design degree, or would like to talk with us about part-time, temporary, or contract gigs, we have ‘em.

Contact us today to get started:

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