I get questioned from readers about the difference between side hustling and having a part-time job. Many people think this is the same thing. While there are differences between the two, I feel this subject comes up because there are so many who need to have a part-time job on top of their full job to survive. This is where we are with our economy and our outlook on jobs. It is what it is. While having a part-time job along with a full time job could be considered side hustling, I would say that it isn’t. There are clear differences between working a side part-time job and running a side hustle. Here is the battle between side hustling and part-time work.
What is a Side Hustle?
You probably hear this term a lot, especially on the internet. Side hustling is a popular thing among many people. I am an active side hustler. No, I don’t pimp prostitutes or sling coke on the streets to thugs. That is the underbelly of side hustling. What I do is completely legal and very much legitimate. It also brings me quite the sum of cash on the side. Here is what Entrepreneur.com labels as a side hustle:
A side hustle is a way to make some extra cash that allows you flexibility to pursue what you’re most interested in. It can also be your true passion – a chance to delve into fashion, travel or whatever it is you care about the most without quitting your day job.
As it states, a side hustle is something that allows you to earn extra cash, but still have flexibility. Many people, including myself, hustle in something we are passionate about. I am passionate about blogging and helping WordPress blog owners run their blogs. That is what I like to do. I also like to write. Never said I was good at it, but I do enjoy it. Not only that, but I am not restricted to one thing when I side hustle. I can do a number of different things. As long as I am bringing in money and still enjoying it, then I will be a side hustler.
There tends to be less structure with side hustles. They might not require you to be there everyday at 5 or clock in. If you have a good side hustle, then you can do work when you have some free time. I work in the mornings before my full-time job. I work at night and on the weekends. While my side hustle may feel like work sometimes, I am not obligated to do it. I do it because I enjoy it.
What is a Part-time Job?
I hope we all know what a part-time job is, but if not, then they are typically jobs that require less than the requirement for full-time. Clever response isn’t it? OK, a part-time job is typically one with less than 30 to 35 hours. Each employer can label an employee as part time if they meet these hour requirements. You might still have the same duties, but being a part-time employee does not grant you the benefits of being full-time.
If you have a part-time job, then you are still being controlled by a company or boss. You still have to will out specific employment forms along with interviews. A part-time job is just the less glamorous full-time job. You get less benefits, work the same amount (work load, not hours), and could be treated differently.
With regards to structure and scheduling, a part-time job typically has a rigid structure and schedule. You might be required to be at this place at this time. You have to be there or you could be fired. Remember, a part-time job is pretty much a full-time job without the perks.
A Side Hustle is Better than a Part-time Job
Yes, I am saying it. I think a side hustle is better than a part-time job. While some hustles turn into jobs, they are usually born out of passion. People hustle because they enjoy it. They create their own schedules and tasks. They might not have to report to a boss or go into an office. They still don’t get the perks of being a full-time employee, but neither does a part-time employee. I have said it before and I will say it again, side hustling is my cup of tea. I love it!
What do you think about the side hustle versus part-time job battle? Do you have a favorite?
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