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After clocking out of your day job, it’s hard to imagine wanting to work a few more hours. But many people these days are doing just that. Enter the side hustle; the art of creating an additional stream of income outside of your regular paycheck.

Even if you are happy at work, in the age of job uncertainty and a constantly evolving workforce, having a side hustle is not simply lucrative, it’s smart.

For those struggling to make ends meet, the side hustle is rooted in necessity. For Michel Lavache, aka the “iPhone Doc,” his side hustle fixing iPhones came out of a need for supplemental income during a career transition. “I was working part time as a consultant at the time and needed the income,”  he says

However, sometimes, the side hustle emerges from a hobby. “I was leaving my day job to go home and bake almost every night,” explained Assata Rhodes, creator of AssataBAKES. “I would have so many pies at home that I would have to bring them to work just to get rid of them. Eventually, I figured I could just sell them and make a profit.” In 2009, she created AssataBAKES and now her treats extend behind her circle of friends and family. She caters events, and takes online orders.

Others are motivated to start a side hustle because they dream of one day working for themselves. But, both Assata and Michel agree, not everyone who has a side hustle wants to leave their full time jobs. Their motivation comes from a passion that lies within. Their side gigs provide a useful outlet for creative energy or a newly learned skill and the added reward is extra cash.

With that said, here are a few reasons (besides the money) you need a side hustle, and tips to get started.

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