If you’ve been scrolling through social media and reading blogs, then you’ve most likely heard the term “side hustle.” Side hustle is basically any job you do on the side of your main weekly job that brings in extra cash and also brings you joy.
For example, my side hustle is freelance writing and this blog. I make a little extra cash on top of my part-time job outside of the home and the full-time job of being a mom to a wonderful toddler. However, my overall goal is to make blogging and writing a full-time gig with the flexibility of working from home while caring for my little one.
You may have a side hustle of your own, or you may have been thinking of adding a side hustle to your life. Either way, I’m going to share with you the 5 benefits I’ve experienced since starting my side hustle over a year ago and overall it’s made me a better mom.
1. A Side Hustle Makes A Great Creative Outlet
After I gave birth to my daughter and began staying home with her full time in 2015 I started feeling restless and cooped up at home. I realized I needed to pursue the creative outlet I enjoyed before my little one was born, which is writing.
After landing a couple freelance opportunities online I stumbled upon the possibility of blogging. From the day I decided to start a blog, my side hustle began. Rather than bing watching another Netflix show or scrolling social media during nap times, I worked hard on building my blog and brainstorming new ideas.
I felt happier, more energized and more purposeful knowing I was working towards this special goal of mine. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was craving writing and learning new things again. Starting a blog and a side hustle satisfied my cravings, and I felt more complete and healthier overall as a new mom.
2. A Side Hustle Creates Connections + Friendships
Let’s face it, staying home full time with your new baby can feel isolating and lonely. I gave birth to my daughter and although I was overjoyed with my new role as a mom I soon became lonely with my husband at work full-time and no friends who had children yet.
The online community for writers and side hustlers is welcoming and supportive. I’ve been blessed enough to find a couple solid groups of writers who I connect with and communicate with almost on a daily basis through our Facebook groups.
These added connections and friendships not only helped with my loneliness, but also helped me network more and push myself to become a better writer. Furthermore, witnessing fellow mothers crushing their side hustles inspired me to chase writing dreams.
3. A Side Hustle Gives You The Ability To Help Others
If you have a child, then you know motherhood is made up of doing endless amounts of things for your child and never expecting a “thank you” or feedback at all really about your job performance. That’s the sacrifice, though. Motherhood is always helping a little one, but having a side hustle gives you the opportunity to help more than your offspring.
Once you hit publish on your blog post, you don’t really expect anyone to comment on it. Once you get a positive comment of a person thanking you for the information you shared or wrote about, then you fall more in love with blogging and know this is the right path.
When I started blogging I absolutely knew I wanted to help people. I knew I’d be most successful if my writing was purposeful and the information I shared would be good and abundant. That’s why the main purpose of my blog is to help women become more confident writers so they can pursue their dreams.
Today, I have the feeling of purpose that goes beyond motherhood and into a future career. This balance isn’t always perfect, but I wouldn’t choose any other path.
4. A Side Hustle Opens Up Dreams You Never Knew You Had
When I graduated college in 2014 I never thought I’d start a blog, let alone start a blog in hopes to make money from home. In all honesty, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life. With a bachelors degree in English and mass communications, I could easily work as a journalist for a newspaper but I disliked the rigidness and lack of room for creativity.
Turns out, I didn’t need to worry so much about a career since we had our daughter a little over a year after graduating. We decided I’d stay home full time while my husband worked.
Becoming a mother definitely tops any job I will ever hold, but chasing my writing dream and helping other writers succeed helps me mother as a whole.
5. A Side Hustle Earns Extra Money For You + Your Family
Whether your goal is to make fifty extra dollars a month or to eventually turn your side hustle into a full-time job, viewing extra income deposited into your bank account every month is a great site.
I’ve read and heard many new moms discuss the burden they feel their partners hold working full-time while moms stay home with the children. I’ve personally felt this myself at times. Whether it’s a true burden or not, a big change comes when a person stops working full-time outside of the home and cares for the baby all day.
A side hustle can help moms who want to contribute to the family income.
Since starting this blog and moving to a new state closer to family, I started working outside of the home about 15 hours a week. I’m getting closer to my goal of staying at home full time again and I’m not quitting on this side hustle of mine.
Any side hustling mamas out there with me? Are you a new mom or experienced mom looking to start a side hustle? Leave a comment below. I’d love to connect with you.
Jessica Kromer – Purposeful Writer