Partly money, but another reason is humans are always looking for ways to expand their skills and dive deeper into their passions.
Sometimes our day jobs don’t allow that kind of creative freedom to flourish, so we look for other opportunities to satisfy those desires.
Which brings us to today’s topic — 7 benefits of having a side hustle.
1. You’ll Learn New Skills and Gain Knowledge
Even if you start a side hustle in a field you’re familiar with, the learning never ends.
When I started my first blog in 2014, I was familiar with copywriting, but I went on to learn SEO, social media marketing, email marketing, basic HTML, and so much more.
If you’ve never tried your own thing before, you may find yourself learning the ins and outs of bookkeeping, client retention, and other important business elements.
2. You’ll Have Side Income
One of the most obvious benefits of having a side hustle is you’ll have extra side income to pay off debt, pay bills, save for a vacation, do home improvement projects, buy a car, and so much more.
And while money isn’t everything, it can sure be a great motivator, especially if you have financial goals you’re working toward!
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3. You’ll Expand Your Network
Side hustles are a great way to meet new people and build connections.
Whether you make new friends or gain customers who are willing to leave testimonials, all of these relationships can benefit your long-term professional image.
When I jumped into my first side hustle, I found myself joining Facebook and LinkedIn groups with other like-minded people, and it made me feel like I was a part of a community who understood me.
4. You’ll Find Out What You’re Truly Passionate About
Another benefit of having a side hustle is you’ll start to realize what type of work truly brings you joy.
For example, you may think starting a blog is your ideal side hustle because you get to write posts and publish them, but that’s only a small part of the process. You also have to take photos for social media, learn how to market your content and get search engines to crawl it, and interact with your readers.
That’s a lot more steps than just writing!
In this case, a writer may find that they enjoy freelance writing or ghostwriting instead because then they aren’t responsible for all the graphic and marketing elements that go into making a blog successful.
Do yourself a favor — when you start your side hustle, keep a journal of the things you truly like and dislike about the process. Eventually, you’ll start to see patterns and find out what truly leaves you feeling fulfilled at the end of the day.
5. You Can Use Your Side Hustle as Work Experience
Need to beef up your LinkedIn or resume?
Add your side hustle!
Employers like to see initiative from applicants, and having something on your resume that shows you took charge to start your own thing conveys dedication and determination.
Remember that blog I told you I started in 2014?
It helped me change career paths.
Without that blog, I may not have even gotten chosen to interview for the company that would later become my employer for over four years.
It’s truly one of the best benefits of having a side hustle (that is, if you don’t plan to turn your side hustle into a full-time gig just yet).
6. It May Become Your Full-Time Job
If you dive head first into your side hustle with the goal of turning it into a business, then you can absolutely make it your full-time job one day.
This article shares just a few stories of people who have become their own bosses.
Yes, it’s going to take some time and yes, you’re going to need to put in consistent effort, but with the right business plan and discipline to get the job done, there’s no reason you can’t make it happen!
7. You’ll Have More Confidence in Your Abilities
We all get to a point in life where we could use a small “win” to lift us up and make us feel like we’re achieving something.
One of the benefits of having a side hustle, no matter how big or small, is that you can get that win and see your hard work paying off.
For me, just having a portfolio of the work I’ve completed is enough to motivate me to keep going and remind myself of how far I’ve come.
For others, signing on another client or receiving a positive client testimonial could be that boost of confidence you need.
Each time you work on your side hustle, you’re developing more expertise in your field. Keep building that confidence and showing the world what you have to offer!
Do you know of any other benefits of having a side hustle? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
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