You guys. I am so excited about my new side hustle! Before I get ahead of myself, I should probably share what that side hustle is. I’ll be working as a Sunday school teacher. The best part? It’s at the church I grew up in. I used to work as a Director of Christian Education and Youth Minisytry before going back to writing, and I really missed working with kids. I was looking for a place to even just volunteer, when this job kind of just fell on my lap (and by “fell,” I mean it was Facebook messages to me)! I am so excited to get back to working with kids and doing what I love – and getting paid for it!
My excitement is really what first sparked the idea for this post. Of all the side hustles I’ve done (and I have done a number), this one feels the most right. So, I started thinking about why that is, and those reasons kind of just formed a list in my head about how to choose the right side hustle for you.
Do What You Know
There was a number of freelance projects I talked myself into taking, even though I had no initial knowledge of what I was writing about. Many freelance writing jobs pay you per word or per article, not per hour. So, if you have to spend a ton of time on research you won’t even get paid for, you’re really just lowering the amount of money you are making per hour.
Do What You Love
The quickest way to burnout is doing something you aren’t passionate about – or even like for that matter. I get that you won’t love your job 100% of the time, but when it’s an additional job, don’t be miserable on both fronts. At least get some kind of enjoyment out of it or you won’t be happy and your work will suffer. Making money doing something you love pumps you up every time you have to do the job, which enhances your performance and makes the time pass by faster.
Don’t Sell Yourself Short
I used to do some side work writing 400-character social media posts. I was paid $2 per post, which would have been fine if I didn’t have to do research for each post. That meant I was getting paid less than $5 per hour writing these posts. I wasted time on these projects when I could have used it to work on other projects that paid more. Besides that, I was also getting paid peanuts for work that was worth more. It wasn’t an ego thing. It was just common sense.
Don’t take low-paying jobs just because it’s some money – and some money is better than no money. Make sure you are getting what you are worth and save the low-paying jobs for one offs that you can do if you have any spare time. I do website testing for $10 per test. They usually only take 15-40 minutes, so I just do them whenever I have a few minutes to spare.
Don’t Take on Too Much
Not only can it be hard to turn down a job that is willing to pay you even a little money, it can be really hard to turn down any the jobs offering to pay you money. However, you have to have balance – and not just with your different hustles. You need to also have a work/life balance. Plus, if you take on too much work, you’ll spread yourself too thin and burn out, and you won’t provide your best work for any job.
What has been your favorite side hustle?
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