I’m constantly pitching and scouting new story ideas, and juggling numerous assignments from my home office.
But writing is a solitary exercise, and I get antsy if I’m stuck inside too long without human interaction. That’s why, for a fleeting second, I entertained the idea of supplementing my regular gig with a part-time job as a driver for Lyft—a ride-share service that I didn’t know much about until the company recently beefed up recruitment efforts in my hometown of Chicago.
Suddenly, online ads were everywhere—in my face, calling my name, teasing: “Wanna make $500 in a weekend?”
Why, yes! Yes, I do!
There was just one problem: I don’t own a car. So I begrudgingly gave up that dream—but I’m still fascinated by those who live it.
In fact, the service-oriented side-hustle economy seems to be plowing full steam ahead given the growing number of white-collar workers like me who are stepping out of their comfort zones to do things like drive Lyft cars all the way to the bank.
Nick Loper, founding editor of Side Hustle Nation, a website devoted to the trend, pins it partly on social-media-driven pressure to achieve something novel—as well as the impulse to hatch an independent venture as a possible fallback in a time when the threat of layoffs still lingers.
“You’ve got to be self-reliant,” Loper says. “Creativity is our 21st-century survival skill.”
Unsurprisingly, creativity just happens to be something these four enterprising—and totally inspiring—full-timers have in spades. Here’s how they’ve transformed their off-hours into an opportunity to support a profitable weekend job.