Do You Even Side Hustle? Why I don’t.

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  1. RBD says:

    Side hustles are good for a lot of people. Especially those who may not have a lot of career mobility. The hustle gives you opportunities to both earn more and perhaps frame a new career. The key is to start a side hustle involving something you enjoy to keep you motivated.

    I use my hustle not to pay off debt but to earn more to invest. I determined long ago that I didn’t have the energy or desire to double-down on my regular career to grow my income. The side gig gives me flexibility to earn on my own time and the upside is only limited by how much time I spend on it. Not some corporate salary range!

    • Chris says:

      Great points!! If you’re shooting for FIRE a side hustle is a great avenue. I’m just not willing to give up my free time yet.
      But I certainly recognize the flexibility and freedom that a good side hustle can bring.
      Thanks for the comment. πŸ˜€

  2. Yes not everyone needs one esp full timers. Isn’t blogging a total side hustle though?!

  3. I completely agree with your take: side hustle for a while, then take a break. I had a fairly lucrative hustle for about 4 months, but it was exhausting. It wasn’t something I could sustain over the long term. Instead, I sought a higher-paying regular job (not an easy task, but it eventually happened).

    • Chris says:

      Nice . . . I guess the best would be to find a side hustle that’s lucrative and not so time consuming that it becomes your life. I’m sure there’s some out there, but I haven’t really found it yet. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ‘

  4. Chris, great points with advocating the side hustle that you already have the skills/passion for – quicker to overcome the learning curve. And nice call with winding down once the need is gone. Can’t replace the time.

    Did you ever have a side hustle/are you hoping the blog could be that for you?

    • Chris says:

      I’m hoping that the blog can get there eventually. πŸ˜‰
      I’ve dabbled here and there with odd jobs, but none of them ever stuck. I’ve also considered freelance CAD work, but never pulled the trigger on that either. Maybe someday . . .

  5. I think you would be awesome at some of the side hustles we have talked about. But of course, I covet your time more than the money so I am thankful that it is not a necessity at this point in life. Love you!

    • Chris says:

      I agree – we aren’t in need of extra money at the moment. Not that we couldn’t use it, but it’s not worth the time right now. πŸ˜€

  6. drmcfrugal says:

    I’m with you on this one. Side hustles can be fun. But I don’t take them too seriously because my main hustles makes so much more than I can compared to any side hustles that take a lot of time.

  7. Mohammed says:

    I agree in terms of spending more time living rather than working so much! I second that if you have enough from your main job then you are blessed. Spend the rest of the time with loved ones!

    Personally I have no side hustle. I blog for the experience and enjoyment. I’m more big on enjoying life and living right now as my basic needs are more than taken care of.

    • Chris says:

      Thanks for the comment. Family time can’t be understated. And blogging? Well, we both know it’s not easy, but in time . . . It could be a lucrative side hustle. 😎

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