I was reading Chris Guillebeau’s book, Born for This, where he described what he called a side hustle. Essentially it’s anything you do over and above your day job that also brings in some money and that you enjoy. I was instantly struck by what a great idea it is to bring in more than the monthly paycheck. It’s always handy to have a little extra for unexpected expenses, a treat or a holiday. I didn’t like the name though. A hustle sound like something dodgy a geezer is doing in the darkened corner of the pub with items that fell off the back of a van. So I’ve opted to call it a side gig.
The term gig comes from the musical world and is essentially a job, possibly a one off or for a season but not tradition 9 to 5 work. It sums the concept up nicely and got me thinking about all my friends who do make a bit of money on the occasional gig in a pub. Continue reading