Professionals create opportunities outside of their “main” career for many different reasons, such as generating additional income or to use skills beyond the scope of their current role. I have started Prime Persona because it allows me to learn new skills, whilst bringing my passion to help others succeed to life a bit more.
So your side hustle doesn’t have to be just for personal fulfillment. In fact, it can help you to develop the skills you need to advance in the workplace, which is great for your employer in the long-run. I built this website, have started to learn the art of blogging (steep learning curve I admit) and social media management too. It’s amazing, exciting and exhausting all at the same time.
Here’s a few ways that your career may actually be benefitting from your side hustle.
Side hustles help you build confidence.
It can be difficult to try something new or take a risk in your career. This is your main source of income, and jeopardizing your reputation with a “failure” can have significant consequences, whether real or perceived. . A side hustle offers you the freedom to take chances, and any successes add up to more confidence in that skill set. This sense of personal achievement will carry over to other areas of your life, including your career.
Side hustles develop your sense of independence.
For most of us, our career offers us the safety net of not being the final decision maker. There is a corporate hierarchy and, even when we’re asked our opinion, there are other stakeholders spreading risk and responsibility thin. But your side hustle puts you in the position of entrepreneur. What to do, how to do it, and who to do it with – these decisions all lie with you.
For those that can manage this type of freedom and responsibility, small successes and “right” decisions can have an immediate psychological impact and give you the confidence to make decisions in your career and put you on a path toward more senior roles.
Side hustles allow you to develop new skills.
Those risks that build confidence and independence are also helping you to develop new skills and improve upon others. A side hustle offers you opportunities outside of your day-to-day.
Your side hustle can benefit from more genuine interactions with others and a growing community. you May find yourself raising your hand for new opportunities and not shying away from experiences you previously would have considered yourself unqualified for.
Side hustles give you a space to practice authenticity.
That sounds weird, right? Why would you need to practice being authentic? Well, it can be hard to bring your whole self to an office environment.
You learn quickly who your network is, who you can rely on for support, and who will offer you help in climbing the ladder.
If you are pursuing a side hustle in addition to your career, there are several pitfalls to avoid.
- Don’t go after an opportunity purely for the income. A side hustle should be something that you’re passionate about and that rewards you financially. If you don’t love the work or it isn’t paying off, you won’t stick with it.
- Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day – time is the one thing you can’t make more of. Be realistic about setting goals and understand where your limits are to avoid burnout or disappointment.
- Side hustles, especially when they are new and exciting, can consume your time and attention. Set clear boundaries around the time you need to dedicate to advancing your career.
Balancing a career and a side hustle can be financially valuable and personally rewarding when you find the right opportunity. What dreams are you pursuing?