22 CHS side hustles
More than half of U.S. millennials today have a side hustle– a.k.a. side gigs (outside their full-time jobs) that bringing in extra money. The same study also found that 30% of people ages 38-53 and 24% of people ages 54-72 are side-hustling, too.
From selling used clothes on Poshmark to restoring old furniture to waiting tables on nights + weekends– side hustlers are bringing in an average of $686 a month (equal to $8,200 year in extra income).
The most popular side hustles among millennials (who say they devote ~12 hours per week to their side gigs) are selling items online, making clothing + accessories, offering cleaning services and doing sales/marketing tasks. Among baby boomers (who devote ~15 hours/week), the most popular side jobs are online sales + cleaning, too, but also volunteer work + consulting.
By day: Holistic esthetician
By night: Vegan lifestyle coach at Vegan Coach Charleston
By day: Employee at a local sign company
By night: Baker and owner of Sweet Tea Charleston
By day: Communications Specialist
By night: Photographer at Keely Laughlin Photo
By day: Software Engineer
By night: Creator of laser-cut paper maps at Paper & Path
By day: Executive Assistant
By night: Owner of Brushes & Rollers– a woman-owned, local interior painting business
By day: Hilton Employee
By nIght: Baker of gourmet dog biscuits at Pupperlicious Gourmet Dog Biscuits
By day: Cleaner of swimming pools
By night: Owner + designer for Black Octopus Mercantile– the Park Circle/North Charleston community inspired apparel, goods, and gifts company
By day: Government contractor focusing on contract reconciliation.
By night: Race car driver at Shellie’s House of Speed
By day: MUSC clinical trial manager
By night: Staging homes for Flaunt Staging Boutique
By day: Contractor
By night: Owner of Port City Gutter Company
By day: CHStoday Multimedia Producer
By night: Calligrapher and owner of Justine Elizabeth Calligraphy
By day: Software company employee
By night: Younique consultant
By day: Full-time professor and assistant dean
By night: Part-time freelance writer and editor
By day: Nurse practitioner
By night: Insurance Agent for North American Senior Benefits
By day: Teacher
By night: Painter + gallery worker
By day: Teacher-Librarian at a local Elementary school
By night: Bartend at events and Citadel football games
By day: Carpenter at TTS Studios
By night: Uber Driver
Some entrepreneurs pick up a side hustle for the extra cash, some do it as a creative passion project, + others (like me) just kind of fell into it.
I started my side hustle– Justine Elizabeth Calligraphy– because while I was learning calligraphy to address my own wedding invitations, people started coming up to me + offering me money to do theirs too... how could I say no to that?!
What’s your side gig? Let us know in the comments below.