There’s a little entrepreneur in all of us

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Black Octopus Mercantile apparel
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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.

 

Side Hustles:

Jennifer: vegan lifestyle coach + holistic esthetician | Photo by vegbeautycoachchs
Jennifer: vegan lifestyle coach + holistic esthetician | Photo by vegbeautycoachchs

By day: Holistic esthetician
By night: Vegan lifestyle coach at Vegan Coach Charleston

 

Charleston drone image | Photo by @charlestonpired
Charleston drone image | Photo by @charlestonpired

By day: Promo manager for Live 5 News
By night: Photographer at @charlestonspired + founder of @zanmiproject

 

Strawberry basil scones | Photo by @sweetteacharleston
Strawberry basil scones | Photo by @sweetteacharleston

By day: Employee at a local sign company
By night: Baker and owner of Sweet Tea Charleston

 

Katie Buckholz Noonday Collection | Photo by Katie Buckholz
Katie Buckholz Noonday Collection | Photo by Katie Buckholz

By day: VP of Advancement at Carolina Youth Development Center
By night: Noonday Collection Ambassador

 

Friendsgiving styled shoot | Photo by @keelylaughlinphoto
Friendsgiving styled shoot | Photo by @keelylaughlinphoto

By day: Communications Specialist
By night: Photographer at Keely Laughlin Photo

 

Sean, artist at Paper & Path | Photo by Paper & Path
Sean, artist at Paper & Path | Photo by Paper & Path

By day: Software Engineer
By night: Creator of laser-cut paper maps at Paper & Path

 

House exterior Photo by Brushes & Rollers
Photo by Brushes & Rollers

By day: Executive Assistant
By night: Owner of Brushes & Rollers– a woman-owned, local interior painting business

 

Spinach apple bacon dog biscuits | Photo by Puppylicious Gourmet Dog Biscuits
Spinach apple bacon dog biscuits | Photo by Pupperlicious Gourmet Dog Biscuits

By day: Hilton Employee
By nIght: Baker of gourmet dog biscuits at Pupperlicious Gourmet Dog Biscuits

 

Photo by Dumpster Dudes
Photo by Dumpster Dudes

By day: Owner of Josiah Williams Real Estate
By night: Owner of Dumpster Dudes

 

Apparel from Black Octopus Mercantile | Photo by Black Octopus Mercantile
Apparel from Black Octopus Mercantile | Photo by Black Octopus Mercantile

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

 

Photo by Shellie’s House of Speed
Photo by Shellie’s House of Speed

By day: Government contractor focusing on contract reconciliation.
By night: Race car driver at Shellie’s House of Speed

 

Photo by @fishboyracing
Photo by @fishboyracing

By day: Owner of The Codfather
By night: Motorcycle racer at Fishboy Racing

 

Photo by Flaunt Staging Boutique
Photo by Flaunt Staging Boutique

By day: MUSC clinical trial manager
By night: Staging homes for Flaunt Staging Boutique

 

Port City Gutter Company Crew | Photo by Port City Gutter Company
Port City Gutter Company Crew | Photo by Port City Gutter Company

By day: Contractor
By night: Owner of Port City Gutter Company

 

Envelope Calligraphy | Photo by @justineelizabethcalligraphy
Envelope Calligraphy | Photo by @justineelizabethcalligraphy

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

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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. 

Justine