If you work for or own a small business or your day job isn't paying quite enough for you at the moment, embarking upon a side gig is a great way to supplement your income. This side job may be what you really hope to do full-time in the future or just something else you're interested in pursuing casually, but either way, the added income is always welcome.
You may have time to work on your side job just here and there, or have the availability to spend a good chunk of time on this pursuit, so consider your bandwidth before diving into any of these suggested side gig opportunities. But if you think you're just too busy, take note – these supplemental incomes might not take as much time as you might believe. Over time, you can earn supplemental income while still maintaining your current job. And if things go well, you may turn your side gig into a full-time venture. Look into these amazing opportunities if you need a side dish to enhance your main course!
No matter what field you're in, others are searching online to learn more about it, especially from someone who's in or has been in the trenches. There are many easy-to-set up (and even free) blog platforms to start with such as Weebly and WordPress where you can begin posting to see what resonates with readers while perfecting your writing.
But job-related content isn't the only type of blog you can create. Perhaps you're a legal secretary by day but love to bake. Your blog can be all about recipes, dining, and party planning. The point is, blog about what inspires you and makes you look forward to sharing regularly.
But how will this make you money, you may ask? Once you build a decent following, you can make money from what you love. As per Entrepreneur, a blog can allow you to monetize in passive methods such as affiliate marketing, online products, and consulting.
Be sure to stay on top of your blog, answer questions and respond to comments, and follow the best practices for blogging. Moz offers insight on how to get your best blog out there for beginners.
Turn a Hobby Into a Money-Maker
Are you always knitting in your spare time or asking co-workers to taste your latest muffin creation? Do you love painting your friends' fingernails or fixing run down cars? Why not take a simple hobby and profit off what you already do and enjoy?
Hobbies make for great side jobs because they're never a chore. You'll look forward to your work because it isn't really work at all. You can start small by selling your arts and crafts on sites like Etsy. Make a batch of your famous double chocolate chip muffins and test them at a local café. If they sell out, the shop would surely pay you to resupply for demanding customers, and you can grow your business by word of muffin-filled mouth. Save your friends some dough by offering to do their manicures for half the price but double the gossip time instead of them heading to pricy salons. And stop giving away your car services for free. Neighbors will be willing to pay a trusted friend to repair their clunkers rather than being ripped off at a busy garage.
While your added income will be determined by how much you're able to produce or work, finding that others value what you consider to be a hobby is an added perk of being paid for doing what you love.
Get Behind the Wheel
If you have a car and valid license, why not consider becoming an UBER driver? You can work as much as you'd like and can make up to $35/hour. Carpooling the kids around may seem like a chore, but shuttling folks to various destinations for money is a different story. Plus, if you commute into and home from your job, why not make a few bucks along the way?!
You can work weekends, after hours when you finish your regular job, or whenever you have some extra time. You'll get more familiar with your neighborhood and meet new people as well. As UBER puts it, you're the boss, so you pick your hours and schedule. That alone makes the gig so enticing. If you love driving, this could be a nice second income solution for you.
Being good at your job can take you further than the confines of the workplace walls. You can expand your reach and offer valuable insight to others embarking in your field by becoming a paid consultant in your spare time.
You can obtain consulting gigs by word of mouth, via posts on social media, or even the old-fashioned way by advertising your services on billboards in your area. You may find ongoing opportunities by offering your knowledge for free at first at community centers or in schools or small businesses, then with time, you'll be more readily sought after and paid well for your insight.
As per Daily Worth, "Companies pay big bucks every year for outside consultants. But rather than working with large, expensive consulting firms, many are finding they can get the same skills by hiring individuals. For instance, HourlyNerd links highly educated professionals with big and small companies that need consulting help to solve challenges."
Consulting can lead to speaking opportunities, interview proposals, and even another (better) job offer down the road as well.
So instead of vegging out on the couch or keeping your talents to yourself, consider a side job to earn extra income, hone your skills, and further climb the ladder to success!
Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.
What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.
The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.
There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!
Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.
Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”
While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.
That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying
the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.
This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.
Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.
That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?
Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”
While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."
In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.
We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.
As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.
What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.
The rising trend of pet-friendly offices is part of the effort to incentivize employees to come back to work in person. Many companies completely embraced the remote-friendly convenience of WFH. Digital nomad culture emerged and “second cities” arose when people exited New York, San Francisco, and LA, and headed to Denver, Austin, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh.
But now, employees and employers have a choice to make. The question now is: to return or not to return to the office? This is no longer about forcing employees to commute. Post The Great Resignation, employees feel more empowered to leave in-person positions and seek out remote jobs. So if offices want people to return, they’ve got to do a ton to entice their employees.
Some huge companies with giant operating budgets are not worried. With major perks like shiny facilities and full-service food bars, they feel comfortable requiring in-office work days — even if it’s for a hybrid week. But the solution might be simpler: pet-friendly workplaces.
The Allure of Pet-Friendly Offices
According to the Washington Post, pet-friendly workplaces are becoming a common solution to improve employee morale and appease the rising number of pandemic pet owners. “As offices start reopening and thousands of workers are being called back for the first time in two years, some companies are allowing employees to bring their pets. About 23 million American households adopted a pet during the pandemic, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Many workers say they find pet-friendly environments an important perk for their new furry family members. A recent survey conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital, owned by Mars Inc., showed that 57 percent of the 1,500 pet owners polled said they would be happiest returning to a pet-friendly workplace. Half of the 500 top executives surveyed said they are planning to allow pets at the office. Tech companies including Google, Amazon, and Uber plan to continue to allow dogs at their offices, even with their flexible office policies.”
With so many people adopting and fostering since the pandemic, becoming a pet parent is a trend. And to welcome these new additions into people’s lives, it makes sense for some workplaces to welcome them into the office.
After spending unlimited amounts of time at home, many pets grew greatly attached to their “parents” — and pet-parents feel the same about their pets. Rather than keeping them locked in the house while their caretakers head off to work, this is a mutually beneficial solution to the current separation anxiety faced by pets.
Pets have also been shown to boost happiness in pet owners. According to heart.org, “Studies show that dogs reduce stress, anxiety, and depression; ease loneliness; encourage exercise and improve your overall health. For example, people with dogs tend to have lower blood pressure and are less likely to develop heart disease. Just playing with a dog has been shown to raise levels of the feel-good brain chemicals oxytocin and dopamine, creating positive feelings and bonding for both the person and their pet.” Most likely, this might have a similar effect on people who bond with animals at work that don’t even belong to them, lending an overall mood boost to the office.
The controversy behind pet-friendly workplaces
However, not everyone is as enthusiastic about the prospect. Some would rather keep the office separate from their personal lives. Some are allergic to pets. And some people simply don’t like animals.
Offices considering pet-friendly policies are weighing the pros and cons to keep everyone happy. According to the Washington Post, clear guidelines and communication can increase the chances of success.
“Before making the jump, pet experts say that leaders should first understand whether their employees have interest in, or strong feelings against, having a pet-friendly office. Doing an anonymous survey may allow employees to freely share thoughts on the matter.”
Overall, the key to a policy like this is flexibility. “Be ready to adjust: Above all, pet-friendly offices should be ready to listen and adjust their policies as they go. What works for one office may not work for another, but experts say proper planning can lessen much of the burden.”
Ensure your office is actually suited to the pets you want to welcome. “A well-developed pet-friendly office should be both safe and welcoming to pets. That means companies should consider blocking off areas that could be dangerous to pets as well as making sure pets have access to clean water, food, and places to rest.”
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