You Should Enjoy Your Side Hustle – Here’s Why

I like the idea of side hustles.

Doing something on the side of your main income gives you a bit of diversification should something happen to that main source of income.

Additionally, having a side hustle often gives you some extra money to work toward your major financial goals.

For many people, that involves paying down debt, affording extra luxuries, or working to become your own boss.

For people only side hustling for a short term boost, whatever brings in the money will do just fine.

However, if you want to side hustle for the long term, you should probably enjoy your side hustle.

Here’s why.

Your Side Hustle May Take Most Of Your Free Time

Side hustling isn’t easy. If it was, it wouldn’t be called hustling. Often, it takes quite a bit of time to get a side hustle running. In the beginning you could spend countless hours working on your side hustle before you make a penny.

Even once you get your side hustle up to speed, you’ll likely still spend time in the evenings and on the weekends maintaining or continuing to grow your hustle.

If a side hustle eats up much of your free time, wouldn’t it make sense to enjoy what you’re doing? Between your job and your side hustle, there would be very little time left for personal enjoyment if you didn’t enjoy at least one of the two.

If You Don’t Enjoy Your Side Hustle You May Give Up

Side hustling can be addicting in the beginning. You slowly see the side hustle you’re building turn into a real business. The growth and extra money are a nice boost toward your goals. But what happens after you achieve those goals?

Often, side hustling starts to lose its appeal. The sacrifices of free time you make to run your side hustle become more apparent. If you don’t enjoy your side hustle, it’d be easy to give up and lose that extra source of income.

That said, if you enjoy your side hustle, you won’t be as likely to feel burned out. You’ll continue growing or maintaining your side hustle and boost your income, as well.

Your Side Hustle Could Turn Into Your Full Time Gig

If your side hustle becomes very successful, it could turn into your full time job. While some people enjoy their full time jobs, many people simply work to make money.

If you’re building a side hustle that may become your full time job, it would make sense to do something you enjoy. Then, if your side hustle becomes successful enough, you can enjoy your new full time gig.

How And Why My Side Hustle Turned Into My Full Time Gig

I was extremely lucky and had this happen to me. I started this blog back in 2012 and through hard work over the years, grew it to the point it is at today.

This allowed me to make the decision to make blogging and freelance writing my main source of income while we started a family. In some months I make more money than I did at my old job, while during others I make less.

The important thing to my family is that we can raise our child the way we want. We aren’t forced to send our child to day care while my wife and I both head to work to earn money.

I quit my job before we started trying to have a child so we could make sure it would work out. Thankfully, it has.

Blogging Has Changed My Life

If you’re interested in starting a blog like I did, I suggest you start a self-hosted WordPress blog using SiteGround.

What many people don’t know is I tried starting a blog back in 2009. However, I used a free blogging program at the time. I quickly saw I was restricted on what I could and could not do on the platform.

I feel the free platform contributed to others not taking my blog seriously, since I did not have my own website. Instead I simply had my blog at MyBlog.BlogService.com.

Having a self-hosted WordPress blog will allow you to get started on the right foot and avoid many of the issues I ran into.

The blog only lasted a few short months before I shut it down. When I started Money Manifesto, I started self-hosted, found a support group and grew to where I am today.

Of course, if you’re starting blogging as a side hustle, be aware you won’t be making thousands of dollars a month immediately. It takes time to build a good blog and a decent following.

In fact, it may take months before you see your first income. However, if you do it right, blogging can be a very successful and enjoyable side hustle that you can grow for years to come.

Find What Makes You Happy

Finding what makes you happy can be difficult. However, if you really analyze your life you should be able to find something you enjoy that you can get paid to do.

Work to grow that side hustle and you’ll have money coming in to help with your goals.

Do you have a side hustle? Do you enjoy it? Let us know what it is in the comments below.

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About Lance Cothern

Lance Cothern, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the founder of Money Manifesto. You can read more about him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.

Comments

  1. It’s true, if you don’t enjoy what you do on the side, chances are you’re gonna give up.

    Side hustles don’t turn into full time gigs for everyone, but at least loving what you do makes it feel like you’re pursuing a hobby, rather than doing a boring chore. And if your job isn’t all rainbows and unicorns either, then doing something unpleasant after hours won’t work..

  2. Amanda Gillam says:

    My side hustle did, in fact, turn into my main job as a freelance writer. I found I loved it so much more than my “real” job that as soon as I was making enough money I quit the day job. I initially worked part-time writing so, like you, I could spend more time with my kids when they were young and they didn’t have to spend time in day care. I know there are arguments on both sides about the pros and cons of daycare but I’m inclined to believe kids are better off at home with one or more parents.
    I’m so glad I started my side hustle 6 years ago – it eas originally to help pay off some credit card debt but it is now my full-time job and it gave me the opportunity to find something I really enjoy.

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