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How a Side Gig Makes You More Successful at Your Day Job

 

A side gig can be an awesome way to earn some extra money and help your career. Many people make income and enjoy their hobbies in the gig economy. According to Bankrate.com, more than 44 million adults in the United States have a side hustle. Additionally, Adobe’s Future of Work study found that more than one-third of U.S. workers have more than one occupation. Here are some of the ways the right side gig can help you in your day job:

 

Better Skills

Performing a new task in real life is often more useful than the best course about the subject. At your day job, you may be used to doing the same tasks that require a certain skill set. With a side gig, you're often able to do something completely different, which builds on other skills you have but don't use as often. The additional paycheck also provides excellent motivation for you to work hard, listen to advice from mentors, and learn more so that you can eventually earn more.

A side gig also gives you plenty of time to learn what you need to know. You can start by taking care of one or two tasks for clients every month, and you can increase the time you spend as you acquire new skills, get more popular with clients, and start earning more.

 

Chances to Try New Tasks

You can try several different side gigs until you find something you enjoy. For many people, a part-time job or hobby will eventually become a full-time job. You can start small and try something new while keeping your current job. Trying out new skills gradually helps prevent imposter syndrome or feeling like you don’t deserve your position. You’ll have plenty of time to become confident with your side gig, and you can try a new one easily.

The skills you gain will help you in your day job and make asking for new responsibilities or a higher salary easier. With the extra income you get from your side hustle, you’ll have more time to find another job if you decide that your main career doesn’t make you happy.

 

Networking Ninja

A side gig is a great way to meet new people who share your interests. You can share the latest news and learn more about your industry. A longtime client could recommend you for your next day job or refer new customers. You can also learn about new opportunities through your coworkers or fellow freelancers. Building strong connections with people over time with a side gig is much more effective than attending conventions where everyone is trying to network or trying to make an elevator pitch to someone you don’t know.

 

Be Selective

If you decide to partner with an established company, make sure it is reputable. Don't rely on rumors, but do the fact checking yourself. For example, Amway pyramid scheme rumors flew around for awhile, but a quick Google search shows the company has been a world-wide leader in health and beauty products for years. Look for a side business with a flexible schedule to make balancing your responsibilities simple. You don't want your side gig to be something that drains you or that you dread.

With the right gig, you can meet new people, learn new skills, gain confidence, and find an occupation you’re passionate about.

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