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.
Making a career transition is scary. So many questions bubble up:
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:
So which one are you?
Do the test and report back your results on the form below.[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’What Are You Struggling With?’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]
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…
I love gadgets… and fixing things
I love playing video games…
I have skills…
I’m happiest when I’m teaching or coaching
I’m a social media guru
Marketing is my thing…
How do I turn my OCD into money?
I have a real estate license…
People LOVE my cooking…
I want to give back and do meaningful work…
Nonprofits are often hiring for the following positions:
Find one that resonates with your values, and offer to work for them.
They don’t always pay as well as businesses, but if you’re in a stressful job, it may be the perfect way to bring meaning to your work week.
Did you know you could earn a living as a Diabetes Coach?
I want to create products, I hate providing services…
I have a social following…
I love science/research/medicine:
I like working with my hands…
I’m great with kids!
I’m great on the phone!
I have a heart for senior citizens
People say I have lovely handwriting!
Do you have a spare room in your house or a second home?
I’m in great shape
Other Ways to Make Money
I love animals 🙂
I Love Numbers!
Maria Popova (@brainpicker) created a website called BrainPickings.org. Can you believe that Maria started by sending a weekly email to seven friends?
BrainPickings morphed into a blog, and now gets 5 million+ readers every month.
In her words:
Brain Pickings is my one-woman labor of love — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Mostly, it’s a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.
Instead of charging readers, Maria invites her patrons to make a recurring monthly donation ranging from $3 to $25. She also earns money from her affiliate revenues – I loved her note explaining it to her readers, that I plan to model HotSkillsPayBills on her example:
Brain Pickings participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon. In more human terms, this means that whenever you buy a book on Amazon from a link on here, I get a small percentage of its price. That helps support Brain Pickings by offsetting a fraction of what it takes to maintain the site, and is very much appreciated
Visit Brain Pickings to see if it inspires you.