Do you feel something missing in your day-to-day job? Interested in expanding your knowledge in a different field? Consider picking up a side gig to supplement your work week. While juggling a few jobs is not for everyone, picking up the right gig can give you the satisfaction of stepping outside your routine. You can improve your time management skills and secure an additional source of income, or at least earn some pocket change to make it worthwhile. Here are three more advantages that can be a game-changer for you.
Take up a gig for yourself. Not everyone is working a dream job or can be picky when it comes to making a living. But we have the freedom to choose what to do with our down time. Choose a project or activity that fulfills what your daily job can't. Explore interests and passions that isn't open to you in your professional life. You can also flex and exercise dormant skills, as well as push yourself to develop it further beyond a hobby.
Look into a different industry where you have little experience and slowly build it up. Taking on an additional job outside your field will provide you a different set of challenges. You can use and develop transferable skills, as well as soak up knowledge, that will help you to think outside the box and propel you in your main job. If you're seeking a potential career change, you'll also have the flexibility and time to develop the necessary skills and experience to make the transition easier.
Whether you are working a gig from the comforts of your own home or going out, you have the opportunity to expand your connections when meeting other people in person or over a network. Depending on the type of gig you pick up, you may collaborate with various people outside your main job. Working with people from different industries will also increase the number of people that can vouch for your qualifications and can become a professional reference.
Turn a side gig into an opportunity to move forward and find purpose, meaning, and success in your professional life.