Many people found themselves at a loss due to the pandemic, and the events that surrounded it. From lockdowns to social distancing, the world of work took a beating. As a result, many people started their own business ventures, and many thrived. But now that lockdowns are beginning to lift, how do you go about juggling your business with post-lockdown life?
Whether it’s becoming a freelance writer or turning a hobby into a career, many people have had to adapt to job losses and the ‘new normal’. With unprecedented job losses, at an average of 1 in 20 currently unemployed, lots of us have had to look for alternate streams of income. And for some, this has involved creating their own business.
Those who have managed to maintain a full-time role while also using their side-hustle for an extra stream of income may be daunted by the thought of returning to work after lockdown ends. From remembering how to socialise to maintaining a healthy work-life balance, it can seem an intimidating prospect. Even more so if you’ve got your own business to maintain on top of it all.
We’ll take a look at some different ways you can successfully juggle your own business or side hustle with post-lockdown life, as well as your full-time job.
Introduction to side hustles
2020 and all the events brought on by COVID-19 have seen a proliferation of people pursuing side-hustles. These can come in all shapes and sizes, and have seen people dip their toes into unknown and uncharted waters.
Making money from home during lockdown has been a priority for many people, especially if they ended up being furloughed – though there are others who dived into the world of side hustles while continuing to work in their full-time roles.
But what exactly is a side hustle? And if you have a full-time job, why would you consider not only starting out in a side gig but also continuing to keep your new project going? Let’s take a look at the world of side hustles, and how they have come to the fore in the past 18 months.
What is a side hustle?
A side hustle, also known as a side gig,, is when you have a secondary source of income as well as a full-time job. Often, it’s a flexible second job or side project that can bring in some money, and is frequently in a domain that you have a personal and invested interest or passion in. It can also lead you to learn additional skills and can offer all sorts of new opportunities.