Nearly 39% of American adults currently have a side hustle, according to a 2023 Bankrate survey, whether it’s ecommerce, dogwalking or freelance bookkeeping. They do it for a variety of reasons. They may want extra money, a creative outlet, or a chance to explore and develop new skills.
They may be surprised to find that their side gig also makes them feel more upbeat and perform better at their day job. A study of 337 employees by Hudson Sessions, an assistant professor of management and organizations at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.
“They can have these positive, enriching experiences that carry forward into their full-time work.” Sessions was quoted in an article on Business Insider, “in a way that can enrich the full-time work . . . It will help your job to the extent that you can feel empowered by it.”
As a career coach, I can tell you that a side gig can grow into a thriving, satisfying business that eventually replaces your current job. Or, if you’re currently between jobs, freelancing can help you get a new role sooner by building your confidence, connections and skills.
Intrigued? Why not think about the activities you love to do, skills you’d like to develop, maybe even the types of people you’d like to meet, and brainstorm some options based on those interests? Here are 100 side hustle ideas to get you started on a path that could enrich your bank account, your resume and your life–while putting a smile on your face during your workday.