Could Your Side Gig Help Your Career?

Email  Print Print  

In a world where technology makes it easier to reach new clients and work from home, there is a growing interest in side gigs. Indeed, many people are finding that they can make money on hobbies, or start a web site and make money of the advertising. It’s even possible to start a non-profit organization as a side gig, or buy into a local business as a way to make money.

No matter your idea for making a little more money on the side, it’s possible for your side gig to also help you in your day job — if you do it right.

First of All: Thou Shalt Not Compete

Before you decide that your side gig is a great thing for your pocketbook and your career, you need to make sure that you aren’t competing with your employer. Developing a product that competes with your employer’s, and trying to launch it while you still pull down a paycheck, isn’t exactly showing your classy side. Additionally, it’s not exactly ethical moonlighting to work on your side gig during working hours, when someone else is paying you to do work for them.

While your side gig can be a good thing in your life, and while your employer can’t really penalize you for starting a business on the side as long as staying up past midnight doesn’t affect your job performance, you need to make sure that what you’re doing is on the up-and-up, and that your side business isn’t in competition with your day job, or reducing you ability to perform your day job.

Develope New Skills

One of the ways that your side gig can help you in your day career is by helping you develop new skills. Turning your hobby into a source of income requires that you exercise creativity, and develop other skills and abilities that can translate to your traditional job. These skills might be able to help you improve your performance, helping you land a promotion or a raise.

Other skills that your side gig might help you develop — and that can be helpful to you in your career at another company — can include:

  • Networking
  • Social media
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Business acumen
  • New contacts

Some of these skills can help you improve your job performance for your current employer. In other cases, developing these skills can help you advance your career by helping you find a better job. You can improve your career prospects with a little help from the things that you learn working on your side gig. The things that you have to do to build a successful side business often translate to skills that can be applied in the world of a 9-5 career.

Consider the benefits that can come from a side gig, and consider how it can help you in your career. Whether you are providing more value to your employer so that you are more likely to get a raise, or whether you want to develop a new skill that makes you more attractive for a better job, learn from your side gig experience. Knowledge and experience are always valuable, and a side gig tends to provide both.

{ 7 comments, please add your thoughts now! }

Related Posts

RSS Subscribe Like this article? Get all the latest articles sent to your email for free every day. Enter your email address and click "Subscribe." Your email will only be used for this daily subscription and you can unsubscribe anytime.

7 Responses to “Could Your Side Gig Help Your Career?”

  1. Great post again Miranda. My side gig was originally writing blogs and now that is approx 30% of my business. Which is handy as I really enjoy it. So you never know when you start you side gig where it will take you. Thanks for sharing on

  2. anon says:

    Develope New Skills

  3. I wonder what percentage of readers have employers which do not allow moonlighting of any kind?

    I’ve had a few jobs where that was part of your employment contract.

    • jim says:

      For one to enter into an employment contract with such a restriction, the job must pay quite well with good job security and benefits, and require dedication. Why would someone with that type of job be looking for a sideline?

  4. Scott says:

    Management & leadership experience are key. If you’re managing people in your side gig, you can use that experience to help propel you in your primary career/job where you might not have yet had the chance to lead others.

  5. Mike W says:

    With our dynamic job markets today, one has to look at this much further than just helping your present career growth:

    1. Will the second or part time gig help with advancing into a better or new job elsewhere?
    2. If you’re considering going into retirement in the not too distant future, then the second gig or job may well be a great way to work into this phase of your life, continuing to have some income and a means to keep yourself busy and active.

    3. Best of all…… with today’s job market; having a second job may be a good insurance policy in the event your existing employer goes through a buyout, turndown in business or downsizing. Unless you’re the owner of the business you need to consider yourself a temporary worker as there is very little loyalty anymore; what have you done for me today?

    • Shirley says:

      Re: #3
      I’ve seen several businesses in the last few years that started out with family and then employees that worked alongside them. These were intensely loyal and hard-working employees who felt (and deserved) the loyalty of their employers.

      As the company grew and management trickled down to younger family members, the attitude of that management became ‘all business’ and less personal. That does make sense because the company is actually there to make money rather than friends and the younger generation is now far more schooled in business tactics.

      They are not, however, as schooled in people skills and that very important loyalty has been lost along the way. It seems that the bigger the business is, the more impersonal it becomes.

Please Leave a Reply
Bargaineering Comment Policy

Previous Article: «
Next Article: »
Advertising Disclosure: Bargaineering may be compensated in exchange for featured placement of certain sponsored products and services, or your clicking on links posted on this website.
About | Contact Me | Privacy Policy/Your California Privacy Rights | Terms of Use | Press
Copyright © 2016 by All rights reserved.