You need a side hustle, and this is why

You need a side hustle, and this is why

As Lily Allen once famously said, it’s hard out here for a bitch. Millennials are finding it harder and harder to save – probably because we spend all our money on avocados. *Cue eye roll*

But between the soaring cost of rent in most major cities (read: London) and paychecks being squeezed now more than ever, many of us are looking for ways to make more money overall.

Enter the side hustle.

What is a side hustle?

A side hustle essentially is a way for you to make some extra cash, whilst still pursuing your day job. Often, side hustles are based on your natural talents or interests – for example, fashion, travel, writing etc. The important part of a side hustle is that it means you can continue with your day job.

Think you’re alone in wanting to start up a side hustle? Oh no. Apparently, around 35 percent of millennials have a side hustle on the go.

Why should I start one?

Ummm that is a ridiculous question. What, are you tired of having money?? Please.

Side hustle money can be used for a variety of things. It might be that if you work part time, your side hustle money can help cover your rent or food.

It could be that you need side hustle money to start making a dent in that credit card you took out at uni. Side hustle money can also be put straight into savings (having savings is no joke, millennials.)

But more importantly than the fiscal benefits of a side hustle is the experience. Side hustles can allow you to get some serious experience in areas that would otherwise be incredibly competitive.

For example, writing, careers in digital, graphic design and fashion all have strong groundings in side hustles. Some of the easiest side hustles lend themselves really well to these skills.

So I should start one?

Fuck yeah, you should!

The first step is to sit down and think logically about the skills you have. Oh but I don’t have any skills! Bitch please, everyone has skills… And if you really don’t have any, learn some. There are thousands of Photoshop guides out there, or you could even learn to code for free!

Once you’ve thought about your skills, work from there to come up with a side hustle that aligns well. Build on your existing skills before you start branching out into new skillsets.

If you’re a good writer, you should look into copywriting or ghostwriting jobs. That way, you’ll be able to write in the evening when you’re home from work. Instead of binge watching The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll be able to make more dosh. (Although can we talk about how good The Handmaid’s Tale is???? Pls.)

If you’re handy with photoshop, the world is your oyster. Sites like Etsy allow you to create whatever you want, be it printed tees, artwork or even furniture. If you’re able to make something, you can sell it on Etsy.

If you definitely don’t have any useful skills – which I’d find hard to believe – sites like TaskRabbit can help. TaskRabbit is an app that asks regular people to help each other out running errands. You can earn some easy money doing things like putting together IKEA furniture or even grocery shopping for other lazy people.

The point is, there is always a way you can get your own side hustle. So stop procrastinating, get out there and take control of your money.