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.