Hustle Hard.


You’ve seen it on coffee mugs. You’ve read it on dozens of Pinterest pins. You’ve heard it anytime someone played this 2006 anthem.

Everyday someone is hustlin’.

Specifically, more people are venturing into side hustles, or side jobs/projects. Career-related articles on sites continue to promote the idea of having a side hustle, or two. Whether your everyday job is satisfying or not, having a passion project on the side seems to have more pros than cons.

I even jumped on the side hustle bandwagon and started freelancing recently. (Shameless plug: If you’re looking for some life lessons from one of today’s queens of comedy, head over to Career Contessa’s website and read key takeaways from Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please.”)

If you’re not already convinced that you should pick up a side hustle, reading up on its benefits may interest you. An article on GoGirlFinance’s website lists three specific ways that a side hustle can actually improve your career.

  • “Learning to Optimize Your Time”

Balancing a full/part time job and a side project will take some much-needed time management skills. Whether it’s deciding to only work on your side hustle after work or only on the weekends, understanding how to allocate your time for different tasks will ultimately sharpen your time management skills overall.

  • “Mastering the Art of Multitasking”

Balancing two jobs isn’t easy, but don’t forget to factor in household responsibilities, parental duties, etc. Most of us already have to balance several responsibilities (some more welcome than others). Learning how to juggle your jobs with other responsibilities will have a positive effect on your overall multitasking skills. 

  • “Expanding Your Set of Skills”

Maybe you’re a healthcare professional looking to get into DIY crafts. Or a writer just looking for more writing opportunities (*raises hand*). Either way, a new venture opens up the opportunity to learn more skills (like, networking, content creation, budgeting — the list goes on).

On one hand, a side hustle may not be ideal for everyone. But if there’s something you’re passionate about that could be a side hustle, why not give it a shot?

With that being said, what’s your (or what could be your) side hustle?