If you’re wondering if you should start your own freelancing business or work full-time, you’re not alone.
The other day, I went to Reddit (a community discussion board) and saw this exchange between two members:
Having a steady job with my current employer feels a lot more like being a part of a family to me…they look out for me and make sure i am doing alright. for me personally, I am way happier with a steady job.
3 years into freelancing and I’ll never go back.
In the corporate world, but you’re tired of your job. You want to be your own boss.
Or you’ve been freelancing but you’re not sure you made the right decision.
Making a career transition is scary. So many questions bubble up:
Is the timing right?
Is it the right choice for my family?
How does it affect my income?
Will it hurt my long-term career prospects?
Life’s too short to be stuck in indecision.
The best thing to do is to figure out which one suits your personality. I highly recommend Gretchen Rubin’s test:
Many urban Millennials freelance or have side-hustles. Why? Because in the age of job insecurity, it’s the only option. Diversify your income streams. Don’t be dependent on one paycheck.
Now if you’re older than the average millennial, you’re probably thinking, I had two jobs, maybe three. I just didn’t call it a side hustle.
The difference is now there are marketplaces like Uber and TaskRabbit, Upwork and Fiverr, and so many more. It’s much easier to freelance, and have a side business than ever before.
The problem is not every side gig is right for you. So how do you decide? Based on your strengths and what you love doing naturally. For example, if you’re happiest when you’re writing, curled up on your sofa, then writing work is the best option for you. If you love the idea of helping the elderly, there are many ways to get paid to run errands for seniors. The key is to do something that does’t feel like work. You work a full-time job, the last thing you want is to feel like you have two jobs.
A friend of mine is a gifted photographer, but in her full time job, she doesn’t get to use her photography skills. So on weekends, she photographs weddings and earns $2,500 per wedding. She loves it! It’s extra cash and she’s building a portfolio so if she ever gets laid off, she can always turn her side-hustle into a full-time income. She collects testimonials and reviews from all her clients and has a superb website. So go through the list and tell me what you decided to try!
The Ultimate List of Side Hustles For Millennials
I love to write…
Freelancer writer (blog posts, articles, etc.)
Sales Funnel writer/conversion copywriting – pays very well
Freelance brand expert
Sketch artist (at events)
Doodle Video creator
Photographer (Wedding, Families, Corporate, Real Estate — so many options)
iPhone app developer/Android app developer
Expert in specific software: Quickbooks, xero, etc.
I love gadgets… and fixing things
IT Expert (setting up and fixing computers)
Fixing broken smart phone screens
I love playing video games…
Get paid to play video games (yes this is a thing!)
Organize gaming events in your city (at local movie theaters)
Get a job at a gaming company (developing video games)
I have skills…
Book layout (for Amazon Kindle/self-publishing)
Sign Language Interpreter
Virtual Assistant (book travel, schedule meetings and manage operations for a business owner or executive)
Perform at events (magic show, music, Disney characters, etc.)
I’m happiest when I’m teaching or coaching
English teacher to students overseas (using Skype/Zoom)
Music teacher (piano, guitar, or traditional instruments)
Language teacher (French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese)
SAT Tutor, Math Tutor, Science Tutor
Teach sports to kids or adults (soccer, football, basketball…. so many options)