Since leaving my respectable, full-time, corporate career to pursue entrepreneurship; I’ve taken on a plethora of side gigs to keep the dream alive and help WonderMan pay the bills. Recently, a new acquaintance asked the age-old conversation starter…so, what do you do for a living? Wow! I hadn’t boiled it down to the 30-second elevator pitch. Before 2005, my reflexive response was “software engineer” with a raised left eyebrow and virtual collar pop. Until one of these ventures breaks loose, I’m in title purgatory swimming in a sea of entrepreneurial endeavors.
I’ve decided to craft an interim title. A good title should encapsulate my hustle experience, flexible employment standards, and long standing aversion to routine schedules. Thank goodness WonderMan doesn’t share my condition! Gig-ologist Extrodinaire at your service. Yes, I specialize in the science of gig’n.
A gig, a.k.a side hustle, is a great way to generate additional cash flow which helps accelerate any debt elimination strategy. Gigs generally don’t expect a long term commitment. A good one will possess flexible scheduling parameters and shouldn’t impact your main gig, I mean job. The kids might call it a Friend without Benefits. The Internet opens a swath of possibilities for the internally motivated among us. Multiple income streams are possible with a little creativity and willingness to part with your evening or weekend play time. For example:
If you have a debt burden, and/or like me – entrepreneurship pulses through your veins – consider supplementing your income as a Gig-ologist. Also, try to keep a straight face while answering that age-old, conversation starter. I can only imagine the reactions. What? Eh? Come again?