I have spent the majority of my adult life employed by churches and non-profit organizations. While this is extremely rewarding, the salaries are not always super competitive (some are, but many are not). Because of this, I am no stranger to the side hustle game. I have had many a side hustle. Now that I am a mom, my biggest goal is to stay home with my son. Like many moms, though, I have to work. By "work" I mean, I need to make some serious cash (all moms work!). Enter, once again, the side hustle.
For me, what most would consider a "side hustle" is my main hustle and I fully intend to keep it that way! I believe wholeheartedly that this is possible but whether you need a full-time income, a little fun money or anything in between, here are some ways that you can find your side hustle.
Look at your hobbies.
What do you like to do in your spare time? (Or what did you like to do when you had spare time?) Many hobbies can be turned into side hustles. I am not crafty. Not. One. Little. Bit. My sister, on other hand, is amazingly crafty. She's been able to make some extra cash by selling aprons during the holidays.
One of my hobbies is makeup. I'm not a makeup artist but I feel pretty comfortable applying makeup and have some training thanks to my former employer, Sephora. I have done some side hustle wedding makeup and have even done some one-on-one consulting (aka makeup shopping!).
Consider your strengths & work experience.
I was a children's pastor for the greater part of my adult life. With that job, came many events - from kids sleepovers at the church to community festivals to area-wide conferences. After years of doing events, I got pretty good at it. There was a time a few years ago that I was feeling a little strapped financially. So, I asked a few of my friends that I had done large events with for a "testimonial", I put together an about page on a free blog site and then advertised myself as an event planner on Craigslist with a link back to the testimonials. (And, yes, I got hired!)
Another area I am pretty experienced in is working with kids. This skill came in handy big time in 2013 when I decided to move from one island to another (I lived in Hawaii), with no job lined up! A friend had connected me with someone who had a guest house and a brand new baby that she wanted some help with. So, I moved in and watched the baby for a few hours a week in exchange for living rent-free in the guest house. I decided that "in the meantime" while I looked for a permanent job, I would try to get more babysitting gigs. So, I started myself an account on Care.com and, again, advertised on Craigslist. This "side hustle" quickly turned in to full-time pay (with less than full-time hours).
Most of us know someone that is side hustlin'. If you've noticed someone posting on social media about their side hustle (and you are the least bit interested) ask questions! If it's someone you personally know that lives locally, ask if you can go to coffee and pick her brain. If it's someone on social media, shoot her a pm. Sure, there's a chance you won't get a response but then again, you might!
So, what if you have no idea what your side hustle could be? Ask the people that know you best. We are often our worst critics; we are usually pretty good at underestimating our skills and abilities. Ask a close friend if she has any ideas for you.
Do you have a side hustle? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!