A side hustle is, somewhat unsurprisingly, something you do for money that isn’t your main occupation. Yes, in the past it probably was called a second job, but ‘side hustle’ sounds so much more exciting!
The key difference here is that this is flexible work, often freelance, and it’s not that you need two jobs for the cash, rather that you have an outlet for a passion or interest.
Not everyone can make their passion into a 9-5 (10-2?) and not everyone wants to. There is no reason why you can’t have a day job that you like, that gives you the money you want or need, and monetise an interest that you enjoy as well. However, a side hustle can also be a way of trying out a new career without the risk. It can help you build confidence, taking small steps to reach a long term career aspiration.
So what do people do as a side hustle?
The list is endless, you might get involved with:
Ecommerce - Make or upcycle things and sell them on your own website/ebay/Etsy etc.
Third party selling - Buy goods in bulk and sell them for a profit on eBay or Amazon
Writing - Write books and get published or self-publish, work as a freelance writer or editor, write blogs and/or informational websites
Be a Youtube star! Or at least make Youtube videos in your area of expertise
Property - Buy to let, home renovation or let out your home for short term stays (AirBnB)
You could also:
Teach music/languages/yoga to adults and/or children
Provide holiday care for pets or dog-walking
Organise events or parties
Make and sell party cakes
It would be natural to start with skills that you have but if you do want to start up something new you could ask others how to get started or look on Youtube. Alternatively, where appropriate, you could take a short online course (e.g. Udemy) to get you started. Go hustle!
Alternative career options
If you would like support in developing a side hustle or exploring alternative career options further, our Career Relaunch Programme for mums could be for you.
The Career Relaunch Programme delivers coaching to mums flexibly through weekly interactive webinar sessions. These are delivered on a weekday evening, usually around 8pm when partners may be home and little ones asleep (but if they’re not - all sessions will be recorded!).
We love the idea that women support women and so we incorporated a peer group coaching element. Mums can feel isolated and lack confidence when thinking about returning to work. Supportive peer group coaching activities can help combat some of these barriers.
We wanted to ensure that participants took action during the coaching journey and we were not just an e-learning course but an ‘e-doing’ course. At the beginning of each course we will set up a private Facebook Group to share content and information. We also offer the opportunity for mums to get in touch at any point during the course for extra support.
For more details visit us at www.coachingpartners.co.uk
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