Being a 20-something in today’s economy means getting used to people assuming that you’re probably a debt-ridden parasite, still suckling at the teat of parental welfare. And why not? As our student loans, rent checks, grocery bills and bar tabs pile up throughout the month, it’s no surprise we Millennials yearn to bury our heads in our parents’ protective financial bosoms.
But we don’t have to play into the stereotype. Members of Generation Me can — and often do — attack our money problems by embracing the new version of a classic moneymaker: the side hustle.
Like a small business, only smaller, a side hustle is any (legal) way you can capitalize on your individual talents to generate extra income. Former journalism majors take up freelance writing jobs. Graphic designers create website logos for bloggers. Performing arts grads babysit. And anyone who has learned their discipline well enough to teach it can try tutoring.
There’s money to be made from the skills you spent all those years honing: But how exactly do you secure your side hustle? Let’s review:
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