Side hustles are still very popular. According to a May 2022 Zapier study of 2,032 U.S. adults, 40% of Americans had a side hustle in 2022, up from nearly one-third in 2020.
People pick one up for a variety of reasons: some do it for extra money, while others do it for the pure enjoyment of whatever their gig is. Starting a hustle could also help anyone looking to hone the skills they use in their 9-to-5.
Jen Glantz, the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the Odd Jobs Newsletter, began experimenting with freelance writing like as blogging while working jobs such as consulting and public relations. She eventually landed a full-time job as a copywriter for a tech business.
“I kept getting big raises and significant promotions in that position,” she adds, “and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I was really active on enhancing my talents outside of work.”
Here’s how to discover a side job that will help you improve in your current work.
Consider the abilities you wish to enhance.
Take an inventory of your daily tasks and think about the abilities you’d like to enhance.
Is customer service a talent you’d like to hone if you work in retail or hospitality and have a lot of contact with customers? Is quick turnaround a skill you’d like to hone if you work in advertising and are frequently challenged with tight deadlines?
Make a note of what you believe you could improve on, either on previous comments from your boss or your own judgment of what you’d like to improve, and keep it in mind as you begin your hunt for a hustle.
Look into the various opportunities available.
Once you’ve determined the abilities you’d like to cultivate, start looking through sites like LinkedIn, freelancer.com, Indeed, and FlexJobs to see what kinds of gigs individuals are offering that would be of interest to you.
If you’re interested in copywriting, for example, try searching for “freelance copywriting” and “freelance copywriter” to see what chances come up, recommends Daniella Flores, founder of side hustle blog I Like To Dabble. You can also look for communities on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter specialized to the type of work you do, where businesses occasionally post project openings.
Create a profile on a freelancing website.
On sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and TaskRabbit, you can also check what kind of work and skills freelancers are offering.
A search for “lawyer” on Fiverr yields services such as contract writing, legal advising, and trademark registration. On TaskRabbit, a search for “organization” yields services such as decluttering, cleaning, and labeling. “Even individuals in HR who are always reviewing resumes,” Flores says. “They can write resumes.”