Why You Should Have A Side Hustle

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Nearly 80% of millennials are now in the workforce. It even surpasses Gen Xers as the largest population in the workforce. Besides for labeling our generation as the most entitled generation, millennials are also over work, overweight and over stress.

 

And most of the time, it hap­pens because they find­ing pur­pose, iden­ti­ty, and sig­nif­i­cance on the things they do.

But not every­one is built for one job. The chances are, many mil­len­ni­als get eas­i­ly bored at their jobs, includ­ing me. Being 7 years in the cor­po­rate world, I’ve expe­ri­enced this with myself. Every year, I longed for some­thing to do that chal­lenges me to take a risk, will give me the expe­ri­ence to fail and learn, and make me grow per­son­al­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly.

It was 2 years ago since then the first time I asked my man­ag­er to trans­fer me to anoth­er role, but he can’t grant my request because of the lack of resource from our team.

And to keep myself from leav­ing the com­pa­ny, I found a side job. That time I was a finan­cial advi­sor in the morn­ing and week­ends, and a tech­ni­cal sup­port con­sul­tant for Hewlett Packard in week­days of the after­noon until mid­night. I also joined some employ­ee ini­tia­tives that allowed me to net­work with oth­er employ­ees out­side our depart­ment.

Today, I am a writer and web devel­op­er by morn­ing, soft­ware or automa­tion engi­neer by after­noon till mid­night, a teacher in Sun­day School and a pub­lic speak­er when­ev­er there’s a speak­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty that will come up.

Being a writer, speak­er, web devel­op­er, and teacher are my side hus­tles. But few peo­ple know that I have these side hus­tles. I don’t care if these jobs will give me a side income or not, but these hus­tles allowed me to pur­sue my pas­sion.

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A side job can be fun and chal­leng­ing. It can put an extra mon­ey in your pock­et or sim­ply allows you to do the things that you love with­out leav­ing your full-time job. But besides that, it makes you more pro­duc­tive.

 

SIDE HUSTLES MAKE YOU MORE PRODUCTIVE

 

Today, most employ­ers not only seek­ing spe­cial­ists and experts in one skill but they most­ly look­ing for indi­vid­u­als who are well round­ed. And hav­ing a side hus­tle, it makes you a well-round­ed employ­ee, and it makes you a great asset in the com­pa­ny because:

 

1. You gain skills off the clock.

If you work only with the job you have, the chances are you will only be good at one skill. I expe­ri­enced this when I was hav­ing a hard time to find a job. I only had one skill to offer.

It changed when I start­ed find­ing a hus­tle on the side of my job. Hav­ing a side hus­tle allows me to learn how to build my own busi­ness in my spare time. It gave me real world expe­ri­ence than enrolling to a busi­ness degree in the uni­ver­si­ty.

And I believe there’s no bet­ter way to learn than doing it on your own.

 

2. You devel­op char­ac­ter­is­tics most employ­ers want.

Hav­ing a side hus­tle makes you more resource­ful, inno­v­a­tive, and pro­duc­tive. I learned sales when I was a finan­cial advi­sor. I learned Eng­lish pro­fi­cien­cy and pub­lic speak­ing when I joined toast­mas­ters and start deliv­er­ing speech­es. I nev­er thought I would be more this excit­ed to speak in pub­lic and turn it into a career some­day.

Side hus­tles devel­op you to become a well-round­ed per­son. And employ­ers want that kind of employ­ee.

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And last­ly,
3. You become more cre­ative.

I didn’t know that over time I become more cre­ative as I con­tin­ue doing my side hus­tles. Being a writer is a no joke, it wasn’t just writ­ing what comes from your mind.

Since not all people are born entrepreneurs, you can still have an entrepreneurial mindset. Employees who have this mindset never runs out of ideas. As it’s core, entrepreneurship is about creating something and making them true to life.

A lot of peo­ple often wake up dread­ing Mon­days, and I know some of them. If you are one of that per­son who seems every day becomes a strug­gle, and despite all the activ­i­ties, planned trav­els or trips you have, you can’t still find your pur­pose, why not try hav­ing a side hus­tle?

I know how it felt like as I’ve been there too. Per­haps God is so good that He allows me to dis­cov­er my pur­pose and bring ful­fill­ment to my every­day life by doing my side hus­tles because it will not just help me, but it also helps oth­er peo­ple.

As for me hav­ing a side hus­tle makes you appre­ci­ate how much time and effort goes into build­ing a busi­ness and not just a mere employ­ee com­plain­ing. It allows me to be bet­ter at my job as I seek improve­ment every day and it makes me a more well-round­ed indi­vid­ual.

Don’t let your day job becomes a dis­trac­tion to pur­sue your pas­sion. Your pas­sion ener­gizes you and it flows also in your day job. And if your day job can’t moti­vate you, per­haps your side hus­tle can.

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I blog about my dis­cov­er­ies and learn­ings with per­son­al devel­op­ment, blog­ging, writ­ing, pub­lic speak­ing, and pub­lish­ing. I am a Jesus fol­low­er. Each month, I send out a newslet­ter with free tips on those top­ics.

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