Side Hustle or…?

“Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life…”
That’s how the saying goes, anyway.
Many of us have very recent experience of ‘never working a day in your life’, though for the majority of people, that’s not because they’re working in their dream job, sadly.
Over the course of the last two years, there have been a number of reasons why people have been ‘at home’, instead of ‘at work…’
• Some (far too many, actually) will have been made redundant or had their hours cut, due to the effects of the pandemic on the economy.
• Others (the lucky ones, maybe) have had extended periods of time on furlough.
• The rest of us (kind of in between the lucky and the unlucky) will have had spells of working from home, either by Governmental order, or because it actually suits some of us.
For whatever reason you’ve found yourself at home though, there’s a good chance you might have tried to turn all that spare time into what we’re now calling – ‘a side hustle…’
Baking, crafting, tutoring, social media managing, pretty much anything, in fact.
Simply Business estimate that as many as a third of the UK population now run some kind of side hustle, and many of these people started those projects during one of the various lockdowns.
British ingenuity? Maybe.
Boredom? Almost certainly.
Brilliance? Yes, quite possibly!
Now that we’re all back working, assuming we were lucky enough to have jobs to go back to that is, millions of people have decided to keep this good thing going, dedicating whatever time they can to their side hustles.
Why though?
Usually, it’s because it’s something they love doing, which brings us back to the saying at the very start of this blog – “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life…”
But, what about the bills, the mortgage, the career progression?
Those things are important, of course they are, and we’re not for one minute saying you should leave your 9 to 5 to brew craft beer, or ditch the office for the oven. What we are saying is, that if there’s something that gets you fired up, something that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning and stay up late at night, maybe there’s something in that.
Maybe there’s an opportunity to fine tune your job searching, or career ambitions, to bring them in line with your passions.
If you want to talk to Career Garage about any of this, to see how we can help advise and guide you, no matter what industry you’re in, give us a shout.
This is our passion, after all.

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