It never hurts to get in touch with your creative side; in fact, it may help you. In addition to balancing your technical work with something fun, and providing a creative outlet, a side-hustle can help you learn new skills, expand on a hobby, and of course help you make money.
Think about what you like to do and what you would like to do more of. Do you play an instrument, or love to cook? Do you spend weekends learning computer programming for fun, or enjoy proofreading your friends’ essays? You may be able to run a side business outside of your 9-to-5 to earn additional money just by pursuing your hobbies; according to according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 33% of all workers now earn income from work outside of a traditional 9-to-5. In today’s economy, employees must be flexible, and a side-hustle, whether paid or unpaid, can give you the experience you need to get ahead in your career.
Besides the financial benefits of a side-hustle, it can serve as a way to gain inspiration for your work or allow you to avoid burnout in your main career. It doesn’t hurt to think creatively about how to combine your hobby and the workplace, either; if you like to cook, taking baked goods to work can provide a unique way to connect with coworkers (discussing your newest project over tea and homemade scones, for example).
A side-hustle can also directly help you expand your career opportunities. For example, if you enjoy learning new skills such as computer programming, you can use this experience to branch out and apply to different job opportunities. Many freelancing platforms on the Internet also enable you to connect with people who are looking for your skills and experience for short-term projects, which can help you deepen your skills and experience in a given field of work.
While it may seem tempting to dedicate 100% of your efforts to your technical career, a hobby can encourage you to think out the box and can also create new opportunities. Do not discount the power of the creative side-hustle in helping you get ahead in your career!
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Sheeva Azma graduated with a BS in Brain and Cognitive Science from MIT in 2005 and earned her Masters in Neuroscience from Georgetown in 2013. She has worked as a freelance science writer since July 2013, and has worked with clients including Georgetown Business School and Johnson & Johnson.