If you follow my social media pages, you saw that I now have TWO new gigs in addition to being the owner to Blonde Boss Media! When you work a full time job that doesn’t pay you nearly enough and a new business that is slowly building out, its hard to make ends meet. I have tried getting a second job and working on weekends but I realized, I need time to myself to enjoy hobbies and loved ones in order to refresh my mind and creativity. Plus, it wore me out to no end and gave me NO time to do the one thing I love which is working on Blonde Boss.
When I lived in Miami, I was always bouncing from job to job, trying to figure out what works for me and pays me decently at the same time (which wasn'tt an easy task at all). So, one day, I looked into the gigs section on Craigslist and started exploring the different types of side jobs they offered. I usually sticked to the “events”, “creative” and “writing” categories and usually they were pretty legit. Although, I may have run into some, well, interesting offers, I did find some great ones in the mix. This is what I think are the benefits to getting a side gig that goes beyond making some extra dough :
1) MOST gigs are on your terms and you have more of an open schedule that isn’t mandatory or over whelming. - I am all about flexibility with my side gigs. I don’t want to be tied down to anything that isn’t my full time job. You get to pick the times and days you can work and if you decide you don’ t want to be involved anymore, its not a huge loss.
2) Side gigs are a wonderful opportunity to grow and develop your skills - I have always had a huge passion for writing and that is what my primary focus was when I went looking for a gig. I want to do something I love and strengthen that skill in order to be a step ahead of the competition. Not to mention, if you love it, it doesn’t seem like work.
3) Gigs are a great way to network and possibly lead to new and exciting job opportunities - When I meet these companies who are offering this gig, I see it as a chance to expand my skill set, open doors and have fun while doing it! If you love coaching kids or helping with events, try to get involved in something that will potentially put you in the position to pursue it full time! You never know who you’re going to meet and what will end up happening if they like your work.
What my experiences taught me, regardless if it was here in New Hampshire or back in Miami, are endless and I know they have molded me into who I am today. Here are a few lessons I have learned from all of this:
1) DON’T OVERLOAD YOURSELF!
2) DON’T JUST DO IT FOR THE $$ - DO IT FOR THE EXPERIENCE AND IF YOU LOVE DOING IT!
3) ALWAYS PROTECT YOURSELF & BE SMART ABOUT THE GIGS YOU GET INVOLVED IN - SOME MIGHT BE SHADY!
4) ALWAYS INCLUDE YOUR SIDE GIGS ON YOUR RESUME - YOU NEVER KNOW IF IT’LL COME IN HANDY AT A JOB INTERVIEW
I could go on and on about how much I love the idea of gigs and expanding your mind and your knowledge but I will just leave you with this:
Keep learning, keep developing and never lose your sense of wonder because there is always going to be competition and you must LEARN to stand out amongst the rest. But most importantly, allow yourself to grow from the inside out while enjoying every minute of it!
- The Blonde Boss xo