Side hustles are becoming increasingly popular. Nearly half, 40% of Americans currently have one, according to a May 2022 Zapier survey of 2,032 American adults. That’s up from 34% of Americans in December 2020.
And while earning some extra cash might be the most obvious reason to buy one, there are other reasons to consider doing so as well. Depending on what you choose to do, your side gig might actually help you hone the skills you need for your nine-to-five.
Working outside teaches you “how to actually manage your workload without someone else micromanaging you,” says Daniella Flores, founder of sideline animation blog I Like To Dabble, as a commentator. example of a benefit.
Here are three side hustles to consider that could make you better at your job.
One skill that is always good to improve is public speaking.
“You’re going to be called upon to give presentations, answer questions, have meetings with your boss, interview for new jobs,” says Jen Glantz, founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and Odd Jobs Newsletter. “The art of public speaking follows you everywhere.”
Glantz recommends taking private lessons. “It’s the art of having to combine skills and teaching with public speaking to get your point across and sometimes even persuasion to get the other person to listen.”
You can tutor children and adults in a range of areas, from a foreign language to musical instruments and arithmetic. Take tutoring gigs on sites like Varsity Tutors, Lessonface, Wyzant, and TutorMe, or let your community know you’re looking to dive, in case they know someone interested in your expertise.
Tutors earn an average of around $25 an hour in the US, according to Indeed, but that partly depends on the subject and level of expertise you’re teaching in. You could end up earning a lot more. Do a search on these sites and others to see how much tutors in your field and location charge.
If you want to open your services to an even larger group, consider teaching classes on sites like Outschool, where kids take virtual classes from STEM to arts and crafts. An English and essay writing teacher has earned $10,000 a month from the site.
Soft skills such as planning are among the most coveted by employers, and learning how to create systems to handle these and other administrative tasks can make you more efficient in many jobs.
“Virtual assistants are the ones who literally take care of all those soft skills for people who don’t have the time to do it themselves,” Flores says. “Small businesses are hiring virtual assistants every day.”
Find virtual assistant jobs on sites like BELAY and Robert Half, look for gigs in virtual assistant groups on Facebook, or create a profile on sites like Fiverr. These scammers earn an average of $22 per hour, according to Indeed, however, the more specialized you are as an assistant, the more you can charge.
Flores has a virtual assistant who manages their Instagram, Pinterest and Notion (a project management software). They pay her $30 an hour.
Start an Etsy shop
Your job is probably part of a business, big or small. And “no matter where you are in a business, it’s always good to understand basic business principles,” says Glantz. Understanding cost versus profit, customer service, how to pivot if something doesn’t work — if you can figure out “how to troubleshoot with these issues, you become super valuable to your business,” she says.
To learn some basic business skills, try opening a virtual business on sites like Etsy, Poshmark, Mercari, or eBay. You can sell vintage T-shirts you found at garage sales, unique cards you made for family members’ birthdays, or digital products like budget planners that people buy and print themselves. same.
Julie Berninger earns $1,000 a month in passive income from her Etsy shop, where she sells items like bachelorette party activity lists.
Regardless of whether or not your side job directly feeds into your full-time job responsibilities, you never know where trying something new will take you. “Maybe going through this journey and this experience will still teach you something,” says Flores.
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