August 9, 2019

Advantages of the Side Gig

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Looking for a side gig? Be SMART

Moonlighting, side hustling, working a side job.

Call it what you may: It all boils down to earning extra cash. And who doesn’t like that?

Actually, for some, the extra cash is just the icing on the cake. There are other reasons you may want to take on extra work. Before you dive in, though, be SMART. Set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-limited. This will help you stay on track.

As you consider side gig options, think about how the job will help you:

 

Sharpen your skills

Developing new skills can go a long way in setting you up for a new job — whether at a new company or with your current employer. But focus is key. A random set of skills is nice, but it’s important to have a goal in mind.

Take a look someone who has the job you’d like. What skills or special knowledge does he or she have — and how can you develop them? Or check with your boss to see what additional skills are needed on your team. Certainly you can go back to school for special training (generally a great idea!), but a side gig can be a SMART way to help build those skills.

 

Beef up your resume

Are you a skilled writer or designer, but find that it’s not part of your current job description? That can be frustrating. But reaching out for freelance work (even if you’re not paid much to start) is a great way to build your resume — and your skills. Contact friends and relatives who may need help.

If you’re looking to improve your sales and networking skills, look no further. SalesGig can help! It offers a platform that allows you to earn commissions when you refer qualified leads to companies.

Other websites worth checking out fiverr, Upwork, Thumbtack or Moonlighting.

Whatever your skill or passion, it’s highly likely you can parlay it into extra cash. But keep in mind that if you’re looking to beef up your resume, you’ll need to focus on the end point — and set realistic goals.

Build confidence

A second job or career can help build confidence. Take, for example, a gig as a travel adviser. If you’ve ever planned a trip for your family, you know how time consuming that can be. But you can take those skills and create travel experiences for friends and family —and save them time and energy! Best of all, you can build these skills into a position that makes travel arrangements for your organization.  

Again, be sure to focus; set a realistic goal. And remember to be SMART!


… and who can’t use more money?  

The economy is looking good, with unemployment at an all-time low. But coupled with that is stagnant wage growth. So, for many, it can be hard to make ends meet — much less save. A second job can help improve your financial situation. So whether you’re looking to pay bills, set aside reserves for unexpected life events, buy a house, go on a dream trip, or save for retirement (you can’t start too soon!), think about how that side gig can help meet your goals.

Whatever that goal might be … be strategic. Focus on your skills and determine how they can contribute to your goals and aspirations. And be SMART.

Ben Goldberg is the CEO & Founder of SalesGig.

SalesGig creates seamless lead generation with limitless opportunities by connecting companies with referral partners.  Sign up today and get connected.

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