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Is glamorising side hustle’s bad for us?

In our ever busy, demanding and expensive world it’s become a necessity for many to increase to increase or maximise our income streams.

Whereas in the past people may have taken on small jobs in order to earn pin money nowadays Instagram is awash with people proclaiming that they’re living a life of luxury fuelled by ‘side hustles’, but as with lots of things we see on social media the reality is often far more complicated.

“All of these things have a proven track record of helping people, but aren’t exactly glamorous.”

Earning extra money on the side of your main income is something that many of us have done for a variety of reasons; supplementing income when on maternity leave, earning a bit more for holiday spending money, or maybe even to pay for school fees or uniforms. This may have taken lots of forms such as ebaying old clothes, doing car boot sales or taking in ironing.

All of these things have a proven track record of helping people, but aren’t exactly glamourous. However, there’s been an increasing trend to rebrand second jobs into the more instaworthy ‘side hustle.’ Although the term is different generally speaking a  ‘side hustle’ is still additional work, either another job, or maybe a small business based around your hobby (think Etsy shop), that you take on outside of your main source of income to earn some extra money.

“A side hustle can be a great way to earn some money by doing something that you love.”

While the term itself isn’t new, the use of it, especially by media outlets, as a catch-all phrase for all secondary work is. The BBC has recently been asking people ‘what’s your side hustle? And Guardian Labs has a page dedicated to them. Side hustles it seems are everywhere,

A side hustle can be a great way to earn some money by doing something that you love. But many of the recommendations for good ways to earn money are not found from these reputable media outlets, but instead from click-bait articles promoting quick fixes over developing a sustainable business.

“Often for companies with worrying associations to pyramid schemes or poor records for fuelling the gig economy.”

In many ways it’s hard to distinguish the idea of modern side hustles from the age-old problem of having to juggle a number of jobs to help pay the bills. That just doesn’t sound as sexy, right? Side hustles often claim to offer flexibility and independence in a way that traditional roles don’t.

But the reality is that many merely offer insecurity, unpredictable pay, and few workers’ rights. Often for companies with worrying associations to pyramid schemes or poor records for fuelling the gig economy.

That’s why here at Wrk Crush, we’re doing our best to try and offer up some honest and real advice to grow a side hustle or side gig.  Within our 5-9 section, there is a free courses library that you can search to find a topic that speaks to a passion.

“Don’t forget to join the Wrk Crush networking community”

Whether you side hustle is a passion project or purely monetary scheme it’s likely to impact on your work-life balance. UK employees already put in the longest hours in the EU. It’s therefore unsurprising that, according to the Henley Business School’s report, 45 % of those with side hustles regularly work more than 40 hours each week, and a quarter work more than 50 hours. Almost a third of those doing a side hustle are using up their annual leave to work on it.

The side hustle revolution is needs to be seen as an amazing opportunity but also taken with caution. We’re obviously all about self-development here at Wrk Crush but only where your mental health isn’t at risk. None of this is to say that freelance work or extra income streams are a bad idea. There are times when we all may be grateful for the ability to earn extra cash.  Just remember that life is about balance and all work and no play isn’t a fun way to live.

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