I have only been in the working world for 12 years, but I have picked up a number of things in that time. 3 of those important lessons can be utilized in having a moonlighting gig (side job, side hustle, whatever you would like to call it).
Multiple Income Streams
This can be achieved by what you are doing in one job, but can be compounded when you work multiple jobs. A side gig is able to start to develop a second form of income.
This does 2 things one it brings you closer to financial freedom. It also creates redundancy in case one of these jobs fail. I think most people who are moonlighting a side gig would like to eventually have that become a full time job. When that happens I still encourage everyone to have a different stream of income coming in because things happen that can flip your world on its head. This is one way to combat that.
When You Work For Yourself, Your Work And Effort Directly Correlates To Your Success
I have had a strong work ethic instilled in me since I was a kid. I got my first job at 15 and was working 50-60 hours a week at 18. I have always held a job and worked hard at it until a better opportunity came. All this is to say that in a side gig this type of work ethic helps you or hurts you. When you are responsible to get what needs to be done you directly are responsible for the success or failure of what you do. Things fail even if you work hard but in general the harder you work the better you will do.
Its Harder Than It Seems
This is the one that hits home for me the most. Working a second job that you are trying to build from the ground up is exhausting. You work a full time job and when you get out the day is just beginning for you when it’s almost over for others. Compound this with being a parent and being intentional about spending time with the kids means late late nights and early early mornings.
The other sad truth is your going to fail a lot. But success isn’t guaranteed, what is guaranteed is that hard work eventually pays off. Pushing through and working towards your goals is the only way you ever will see success.
What do you want to do with you life? Start today and work towards that goal!