More Than Money: Why Everyone Needs A Side Hustle

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For Assata, who’s been baking for about five years now, it’s the strong sense of accomplishment she gets from what she does. “Every time I make something that I enjoy or that I know others will enjoy, I feel like I’ve done something from my heart; something that no one else will ever be able to do like I can. That’s because there is a true love there for what I am doing.  That feeling is why I keep baking and creating.”

Here are a few quick tips for getting started:

– Make sure it’s flexible

For Assata, she says her side hustle works for her because she has “true 9-to-5 job that doesn’t require me to come in on weekends or take work home in the evenings.”

Michel is still finding his balance, but he still feels a deeper motivation — aside from the extra cash — to keep going. “Honestly, I am drained, but I’m fortunate to work four days a week, 10 hour shifts. That gives me three days off to work on iPhones all day… Some weeks, when I feel I’ve been neglecting attention towards one or the other, I make an effort or rededicate myself. I feel that both are necessary.”

– Have a skill that’s marketable, or in-demand?

Teach. Skillshare.com provides a platform for you to teach courses.

–  Want to go the freelance route?

There’s a plethora of options including: ElanceoDesk, 99designs, Idealist.org, and Taskrabbit.

– Looking to simply expand your network and meet new people?

Check out MeetUp.com, and HerAgenda.com, for a database of panels, and events to help put you in the room with new people.

– Looking to volunteer your skills or services regardless of rate?

Often, nonprofits need services like PR, marketing et. al. but can’t afford it. Services like Catchafire help match professionals with nonprofits.

Rhonesha Byng is the founder of Her Agenda, “an information and inspiration hub for millennial women.” You can follow her on twitter @NeshasAgenda

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