Whether you enjoy building furniture, or you love talking about remote control cars, there's a good chance you feel passionate about something. And turning your passion into a side hustle could change your life.

A side hustle doesn't have to be a full-time job. A small blog, a weekly podcast, or selling items on eBay are just a few of the simple but effective ways to engage your passion and earn a little extra income.

1. Multiple sources of income provide financial security.

The job market is changing. And many people are finding themselves unemployed at one time or another. Finding work can be especially difficult if your skills are outdated.

Having a side hustle means you'll have more than one source of income. You may be able to rely on your side hustle to get you through tough times. Or, you may be able to use the money you earn from your side hustle to reach some of your financial goals.

Save up for that vacation you always wanted to go on, contribute to your kids' college funds, or pay off your house early. A side hustle can help you reach your goals faster and give you peace of mind along the way.

2. You'll discover talents and passions you didn't know you had.

If you picked a career path when you were 18, there's a good chance you had no idea who you were or what you were capable of doing. Many people choose a job because it's what's available, not because it's what they really want to do.

Working at the same job for decades or staying in the same line of work for your entire career can get you stuck in a rut. After 20 years in an office setting, you aren't likely to suddenly discover a hidden talent or buried passion.

There's a good chance your current job doesn't use all of your resources to their fullest. A side hustle may help you discover you're a great salesperson or that you've got a real knack for solving tech issues. But you won't know that about yourself unless you do something different.

3. You'll learn valuable skills.

Learning new skills through your current employer usually becomes more about attending workshops or classes--rather than building new talents. Doing something new makes you smarter.

Starting a side hustle may give you an opportunity to learn a whole new skill set. And you might find that those skills make you an even more valuable employee in your day job.

4. You'll gain a sense of purpose.

If you're like most people, there's a good chance your job is more about the paycheck rather than giving you a sense of purpose. It can be hard to find meaning in your work when you're working for someone else.

Whether you become a cosmetologist so you can help people feel beautiful, or you become a business consultant who inspires people to reach their dreams, a side hustle may be just what you need to feel a sense of purpose.

And while those warm fuzzy feelings can do more than just make you feel good--studies show a sense of purpose may also help you live longer.

5. It could lead to bigger opportunities than your day job.

There's always a chance your side hustle could become your main gig--that's what happened to me. And there's a chance it might be even bigger and better than you ever imagined.

Your passion and excitement for what you do could open new doors and help you earn more money than you thought possible. But you won't know until you try.

So get going and get your side hustle started now. It could change the entire course of your life.

Published on: Oct 11, 2017
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