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A side hustle is a way to earn extra income outside of your day job. I started mine because I wanted to help women feel confident and empowered with technology so that they could start online businesses. From there, it has evolved to help folks start side hustles and pursue their passions without quitting their day jobs.
Working with side hustlers, I have found that most start them for money, passion, or entrepreneurship.
Earn extra money
Some of us just want to make some extra cash. You can build up your travel or emergency fund by driving Uber or doing Instacart. You can also make what some people call “beer money” by doing surveys, focus groups, or earning cashback from shopping through apps like Ibotta and Rakuten (formerly EBates).
Pursue a passion
Some people would love to be writers, coaches, or artists but either feel it won’t pay them enough, or they have no idea how to get started. Side hustles allow you the flexibility to try that passion while keeping your day job and your primary source of income intact. If you want to become a writer, you can start a blog. To become a coach, you can offer to coach five folks for free. Experiment with a couple of ideas and clarify what you want to do.
Start a business in a low-risk way
Some folks are not big on risk(myself included). They want to be entrepreneurs but are afraid of quitting their jobs and going all-in on a business which, unfortunately, is sometimes the characteristic of startup culture. Starting your business as a side hustle allows you to experiment with products and services and then grow your business to a point where you have either saved up enough money or are making a consistent enough income to feel more comfortable taking the leap.
These are just a few reasons why people start side hustles. Whatever your reason, go for it! Side hustles are a fantastic personal development adventure; if nothing else, you will learn something you can take into your next job or business.