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Side Hustles – Why They’re a Life Saver

When payday comes, be it at the end of the month or in the middle of the month, is it a day that you aren’t even remotely excited for because you know that as soon as the SMS notification comes, all your money is already gone? If you answered yes, then having a side hustles is something you should start considering.

Besides the fact that you can never really have too much money coming into your bank account, having a side hustle does wonders for the self. Be it tutoring kids once a week, coaching a sport at a nearby school, selling Tupperware or even running a business in conjunction with your day job, side hustles are a brilliant way of releasing the potential that you have to do many things at once, to excel in them and to make that your means for a comfortable life.

It comes down to a simple fact, if you are not blessed with old money or a wealthy family whose riches you are going to naturally inherit, you are unfortunately one of the many who have to properly work for their comfortability and livelihood.

“I have been side hustling since the age of 14. I started working at a popular restaurant in Pretoria, I was a waitress and though I was young and inexperienced, after spilling many a drinks and confusing customers’ food orders, that first taste of the working world set me off for a life of constantly trying to learn and do more for myself,” says Jennifer Simons, a Kimberley resident who is currently working four jobs at the same time.

“Depending on how hard I work; I can go from earning R8000 a month to making R20 000 a month. That’s the thing with side hustles generally, what you put in you will get out. I know that if I haven’t put in the necessary hours, I will not be getting the necessary financial reward in that month,” she goes on to explain.

Side hustles are often things a person is passionate about, rather than a typical day job worked in order to make ends meet. Side hustling assists with optimal usage of the hours that are given to us in a day. If you sit down, think and calculate how much time you waste doing nothing, versus how you could use that time to increase your financial freedom, you will be shocked.

If you find yourself having too much spare time, think about the things that you are good at and that you love doing and strategize a means of making money out of doing what you love. This could be an extra income to add to your savings plan, it could specifically go towards paying off a debt that you have been struggling with, or it could be contributing towards your leisure travelling money.

An important aspect of side hustling that needs to be remembered, is not to over burden. Side hustling requires a good understanding of balancing work loads and pressures so as to be achieve optimal levels of productivity without crashing or burning out.

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