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How To Identify & Rock Your Side Hustle

June 15th, 2017

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by Kathryn Worsham. The Texas native worked her way through the New York digital marketing scene — most notably managing social media at Gap — before recently returning to her hometown in Houston. She’s here to share with us her expert tips on how to develop a successful side hustle for those of us in need of a creative outlet.

As a career-driven society, we tend to put a lot of pressure on our jobs to both fulfill our work aspirations and to be the ultimate opportunity that will propel us towards success. If our current position isn’t ideal, or appears to be hindering our desired trajectory, we feel anxious that we are heading down the wrong path. The reality is that while you should seek job opportunities that push you towards your goals, nothing is perfect.

Whether you are currently in a job that you love, or in one where you feel stuck, there are probably aspects of your situation that you wish you could change. Maybe you have skills that are not being utilized, a passion that isn’t being encouraged, or your current role is not quite meeting your financial goals. There is no such thing as a perfect job, but you can proactively take hold of your career and pursue your interests by developing a “side hustle.”

Finding a creative outlet and pursuing hobbies that you are passionate about is a fantastic way to combat burnout and bring a fresh perspective to your day job. Getting paid for exercising those creative muscles and interests is even better. Even though pursuing a side hustle requires additional time and energy, it can often bring a sense of rejuvenation as well as serve to boost your morale and performance at work.

If you’ve been thinking about launching a side hustle, but aren’t sure where to start, use these steps below as a guide to point you in the right direction and get your creative juices flowing.

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10 Comments under :: How To Identify & Rock Your Side Hustle
  1. Iida says:

    This was very interesting article! I really enjoyed reading it. What I’ve actually understood is that it’s important to keep your life in balance even when you’re side-hustling. It means that if your day job is all about sitting at the office your side-hustle should be something more active. Otherwise you can get burnt out easily.

  2. Thoroughly enjoyed this piece – love a side hustle!!


  3. S. Moore says:

    Yes please to side hustles!

  4. Carolyn H. says:

    This is an excellent article with loads of encouragement and advice! Brilliant!

  5. I keep forgetting about offering pro-bono work to build our profiles. That is such an important point for people beginning their journeys into their new careers.

  6. Katie Lewis says:

    I love this idea about “fuel[ing] your creative energy,” Kathryn! The creative work we do outside of our 9-to-5 makes us all the more energized and successful when back in the saddle.

    I’m also a huge proponent of asking potential mentors for advice. People love sharing their stories and talking about themselves (in a good way!), and I’ve found that as scary as it can feel reaching out, there have been lovely, meaningful moments that have resulted from the initial bravery of an email invite to coffee.

    • thanks, Katie! I completely agree; whenever I have reached out to someone to treat them to coffee, it always results in meaningful advice and a fantastic networking connection. you never know where it might lead, and once you put a face to the name people are almost always willing to help however they can. thanks for reading! xo

  7. Loved this! Thanks so much!

  8. Joanne says:

    Nicely written. Our passions and hobbies keep us engaged and connected. They don’t have to turn into careers but you’ve outlined how they just might. Thanks for making me think.

  9. Well Paid Women says:

    Loved everything about this article! Very well written. – Mimi

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