Getting a side gig can be beneficial to your life in so many ways.
It can be of particular benefit for those who feel like they are in a bad place in their career and would like to be doing something different.
Depending on the survey you look at, as many as 70% of workers dislike their jobs today. That's a huge percentage!
I was in that boat not too long ago. More than I hated my job, I despised the downward spiral my career was in. Then, I started a side gig, and it was a huge game changer for me. My side gig eventually turned into my day job doing something I love.
Here are my top five reasons why I believe almost everyone working a regular 9-5 job should consider getting a side gig.
#1. Job stability is not what it once was.
A side gig gives you something to fall back on. According to Metlife's annual employee benefits trend survey, 51% of employees are extremely concerned about job security.
With layoffs as common as they are these days, without a moment's notice, you can be let go for a multitude of reasons. A side gig can help provide you with income in the interim and bridge the gap to new employment opportunities.
#2. Develop the skills you need to advance your career.
"The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!"- Earl Nightingale.
Jobs and careers are completely different beasts. My career kept getting stalled by my job. In other words, I got passed over for promotions. Then, I hit a wall in my position. I stopped learning and developing new skills. I needed a way to break out of the mold that was being cast around me.
Developing a side gig for yourself enables you to become more entrepreneurial and acquire the skills that you may not be able to in your day job because of the limitations of your position.
#3. Do what you love as your side gig.
Does your day job leave you unfilled? I know mine did. My side gig enabled me to find my real passion. Now my career is fulfilling again. I'm no longer in that huge percentage of people that dislike their job.
Figure out what you love to do and then do it as your side gig. What have you got to lose?
#4. Side gigs help you make connections in the field you really want to be in.
Maybe you're like many that feel the pressure of being unemployed and end up settling for a job in a field that was less than desirable or the position you took is way beneath you.
Having a side gig is a perfect way to add new connections in whatever field or line of work you're interested in the most.
A side gig can be a stepping stone to new heights in your career. Once you start networking with new people and getting clients, those connections can often lead to big things in your career down the road.
These are people that you would most likely have never been able to meet in your day job.
#5. Your time management will improve.
According to data from Nielson, American adults aged 35-49 spend 33 hours a week watching tv. I can tell you that tv was the first thing I eliminated when I started my side gig.
A side gig forces you to prioritize your activities differently. What you will find is that the stuff that provides the least value gets quickly eliminated from your life.
#6. Thanks to the internet it's easier to set up side gigs than ever before.
How do you get started in a side gig? Well, luckily it's easy to get started. Websites like Fiverr and Elance make it easier than ever to put yourself out there and advertise your services as a freelancer.
LinkedIn recently joined the gig economy earlier this year when they launched ProFinder, a service that enables freelancers to promote their business and be found by those in need of their services. beBee, a fast emerging global social network for professionals, allows entrepreneurs to display up to five gigs right on their profile.
However, don't let anyone fool you, a side gig is hard work. But if you're up for a grind, the benefits extend well beyond having some extra cash on hand.