A side hustle is sometimes the best way to #LiveGrey. 

Entrepreneur Ross Simmonds, even goes so far as to say that everyone working a traditional 9-5 job should have their own side hustle - one that doesn’t feel like work and actually brings energy instead of depleting it. The value added to your life will be well worth the hard work that goes into it.

We love this post from Ross that explains four benefits of having something going on outside of your 9 -5:

One: More Money in Your Pocket

Need money to get a few extra courses?  Need to make more money so you can get out of debt?  Need to pay for an engagement ring or new home?  Save money for a dream vacation? At the end of the day, when the 9 to 5 isn’t doing the trick, a side hustle can be a great accelerator to moving you closer to your goals.

Financial freedom is definitely something that we all strive to achieve. The idea of not having to worry about how much a meal will cost or how far back a trip will set you back is a key benefit to financial freedom. When you’re running your own small, side business or doing freelance work, you have the ability to generate extra cash to build savings and a little bit of wiggle room to do what you really want.

Two: Build Skills that Help You Level Up

When I think about the power of a side hustle and the amount of learning that is associated with it, I think of a famous quote from Jim Rohn. He once said that a formal education can make you a living but self education can make you a fortune (tweet this idea). The truth in this quote as it relates to side hustles is the fact that when you’re working for yourself, you are forced to learn. As an entrepreneur you’re required to wear multiple hats and as such, learn a variety of new things.

One of the most exciting parts of running your own business is the adrenaline rush associated with the risks. You’re constantly making decisions and that allows you to learn new things on a regular basis. When you build a business you start to develop a wide variety of different skills. These will ultimately go with you from one endeavour to the next allowing you to have an understanding in things like marketing, finance, networking and organizational planning.

Three: Gives You a “Fall-Back” Plan if things turn for the Worst

For many who’ve been laid off or let go from work unexpectedly, the worst part is having to start all over. But what if you had a side gig that could keep you going until you found another full-time job?

Your side hustle can allow you to test your business ideas and build clients without the stress of having to earn a lot of money in a short time.  Those clients and business lessons can then provide you with a ready-made gig should times get hard and you find yourself suddenly free of your day job.  In fact, some people have found that their side gigs became so lucrative that they didn’t need their day jobs anyway.

Four: Do Work that You’re Passionate About

A side hustle can be and should be built on passion. It should act as a creative outlet or  an avenue for you to get closer to your dreams. Finding your passion isn’t an easy road. Our lives are filled with obstacles, noise and distractions telling us what we should and shouldn’t be doing. Society tells us to become a zombie from 9 to 5 doing what we need to do to put food on the table and have fun living once the clock hits five. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race but if you’re itching to find your passion, it’s time to make some changes and make it a priority.

The ideal side hustle is one that you enjoy doing. It could start off as nothing more than a passion project and evolve into a money maker or it can be something you’re interested in but not quite sure how interested. Ideally, your side hustle will bring you more happiness than grief along the way. It should be something you can wake up excited to do and not something you see as simply another means to an end.


We’re teaming up with the good folks at lululemon athletica for an event this Thursday in NYC, and it’s all about the side hustle! If you are unable to attend, tune in to our Twitter feed for the play-by-play!


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  • David Perry

    This article is amazing and I can relate to it almost completely.

    I was going to school in Ontario, Canada and in my second year of marketing. I got a job as a part time intern for a company that builds offices. They hired me to try and update the marketing and work side by side with our marketing director as her ‘gopher’. Within two weeks I couldn’t take it and I went to the owner of the company and told him the director was doing EVERYTHING wrong. We took it to a meeting with the entire company of higher-ups and I won the ‘debate’. With half an undergrad degree and 20 years of life under my belt I became the company’s marketing director. And now the company has seen nothing but success coming from marketing and in the 30 some odd years the company has been around we are insanely busy.

    So, I’m happy with my job don’t get me wrong; for being 20 years old it’s a great place to be. I dropped out of a school and took it on full time. Fast forward a few months to this spring, an opportunity was brought forth to me to be a project manager of my mother’s good friend who’s mother passed away and left the house in an awful state. Fast forward a few more months we completed the renovation and the client was more than happy for the service we gave her and end-result. And on top of her being happy, almost every one of her clients (she does eyelashes or something) is now contacting me for help with their home projects and my “side-hustle” is taking off and making me just as much money as my real gig with a lot less effort going in to each project.

    Long story aside, this is my oo-rah to this article and I personally believe that everybody should have some sort of side hustle because a: it’s always good to be challenged and b: you can make a decent chunk of money if you can find something good and execute well!

    Thanks for the article LITG - I just found your website today and am loving every article. To be honest this is the first blog post I have ever commented on as I was able to relate so well to it!

    David Perry

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