It seems that every millennial nowadays has a side hustle, and wisely so! Beyond the obvious internships and accreditations, a side hustle is an excellent way to show your passion and develop skill-sets that will make you a valuable asset to any company.
1. Start a blog or freelance writing
Think of what you are absolutely passionate about and start a blog recording your observations and thoughts. Once you have taken a few baby steps of getting your blog running, go ahead and look at freelance writing opportunities. There are websites on every imaginable topic possible online, and many of them accept submissions from newbie authors.
This is a wonderful resume builder, you can link your blog and/or published articles in your resume which demonstrates your writing abilities, knowledge and savvy on the subject matter.
2. Host an event
Another great side hustle gig is to host or MC for events and/or workshops. Initially, you may volunteer for school events but challenge yourself to see if you can branch out to other types of events (and paid ones as well!).
Hosting and public speaking are excellent ways to build your confidence and presentation skills, all of which are useful skills in the eyes of any employer.
3. Run an online shop
The internet has made becoming an entrepreneur easier than ever before. One of the best ways to start is by running an online shop. This can take the form of homemade goods via Etsy, or a shop via Shopee. You can sell anything and everything online. The key is to transform your mindset and treat it as a business. Have a brand name for your shop and logo, dabble in marketing efforts and track your profit margins and see if you can scale them.
Running an online shop can be an incredibly rewarding introduction into the world of E-commerce. Almost all companies nowadays have an E-commerce aspect to their business and running your own online shop is an excellent way to show that you actually walk the talk when interviewing with companies.
4. Set up an investment portfolio
Finally, if you are thinking about going into the finance industry, you should really set up an investment portfolio. Investing in the stock market can be as simple as putting in $10 in an index fund. Even if you are not interviewing for a professional financial job, it helps to have actual experience in investing (no matter how small) to help inform your thoughts. It is also an excellent way to keep you motivated to keep updated on market trends and new investment products.
We would also recommend incorporating Tip #1 and set up an investment blog. Writing (instead of just abstract thinking and speculation) will help sharpen your thoughts and require you to go beyond superficial research. It is a great learning motivator and when you look back on your posts you can see how far you have come in terms of financial acumen.
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