Updated: Feb 2
A side hustle is a flexible second job, which is sometimes also referred to as 'moon-lighting'. It can be a way for you to make some extra money, educate yourself on a new topic, or be a way of creative release. After a year of off and on lockdowns, a side hustle might just be what you need in 2021.
I believe side hustles are meant to be fun, and work towards your goals to achieving the life you want. So whether you want to earn a little extra to pay off debt, make a start on that dream career you always believed was unattainable or build a mini-empire, side hustling can help you on your way to feeling free in your life.
Side Hustle [sahyd hush-uh l] A side hustle is a means of making money alongside one's main form of employment or income.
As side hustles are usually started on your own terms, it means you are free to try new things, or take a step in a direction you've previously been too afraid to try. It can be a casual affair, an independent project, or be set up as a small business. It's all down to you.
This gives you full creative control over what you do. I don't know about you, but I'm yet to find a job like this working for someone else.. We've spent a year being told what we can and cannot do, having a side hustle in 2021 means that you can take back some of that control and have fun following a passion.
You don't have to try just one thing either, the fun around side hustles is having a play with new things. If one doesn't feel like it's right for you.. move onto the next.
A scary quote has been floating around the business side of instagram.. "Additional income streams are no longer a 'nice thing to have,' they're now a necessity."
2020 taught us that anything is possible, and nothing is ever 'safe'. A lot of us were put on furlough, earning 20% less than normal, others had their jobs cut altogether, loosing all sources of income. Industries were shut down overnight, and the importance of an Emergency Fund became prevalent. If you are currently in this situation, you can check out my blog post 10 Things You Can Do To Cope With A Loss Of Income.
With a lot us having more time, either from cutting commute times, or while on the job hunt, we can use this time to hone in on our skills and passions to create a side hustle, and bring ourselves more income!
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Side hustles are becoming increasingly popular. In 2018 Henley Business School found that 1 in 4 Brits have a side hustle and work an additional 6 - 15 hours on top of their day job. Furthermore they found that 43% have a side hustle in a completely different industry to the one they primarily work.
Now that they're becoming the new norm, starting a side hustle in 2021 might be one of the best things you can do. Following your creative passion, and making additional income from it sounds like a dream, but it can become your reality.
This week marks the release of my new eBook, The Ultimate Side Hustle Guide. In here I talk about how to find the perfect side hustle for you, how to start, make money and avoid burnout. If you're looking to side hustle in 2021, now is the time to start researching how!
Millennial Saves is my second side hustle, after becoming a freelance theatre technician back in 2016. It's take almost a year to get to where it is now, but this month alone I've made over £500 from the platform, and it all started with a little instagram page. I get to help women be financially savvy, work with amazing financial brands, and now there's the added financial bonus. I set my own rules, my own hours, and I get to have fun.
How can a side hustle help you?