Side Hustling vs. a Part-time Job

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Side hustle versus part-time jobI 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 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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  1. Good breakdown between the two Grayson. I think a part-time job has it’s place for some, but side hustling wins hands down for me. I’m all about having the flexibility and being able to work on what I want and you just can’t find that in most part-time roles.
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  2. I totally agree with you Grayson that a side hustle is totally different from a part time job and for me, I should go into the side hustle type. My hubs when he was still studying before, one of his side hustle is making a website. That aside, he is earning from it, he enjoyed making different kind of websites and it even helped him to be a good programmer and developer.

  3. I was thinking about this recently too. There are definitely differences. I have side hustled for years, but recently had two very part-time jobs. It was a part-time job as I was a) employed by a company, b) I had to be somewhere at a specific time, and c) my tax-withholding was as an employee, and not an independent contractor.

    I prefer side hustling because I can usually do it on my own terms. I think you have more creativity too!
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  4. My freelancing started out as a side hustle. I wasn’t happy with how much I made at my full time job so I started earning on the side. Eventually my hourly income from side work surpassed my full time rate. When it got to 5 times my full time rate I quit my job. I can work 10 hours per week and earn more than I was before.

    On another note, I don’t agree that having a job and a side hustle (or part time job as well) is a result of where we are I out economy but rather where we are as a society. We THINK we need more to survive, but really we are just spending more than necessary.

  5. Grayson,

    Great breakdown of the differences between the two. I agree with you 100%, a side hustle is definitely the way to go because you can chose to work on your terms doing something that you love.

  6. For me, side hustles win hands-down. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, side hustles typically give you greater flexibility and control over your time so they’re easier to fit around a full time job and easier to fit around a social life too. They also have fewer limitations – I can work as much as I like on my side hustle but if my part time job doesn’t have any hours available that week that’s just tough.

    Lastly, side hustles have a funny habit of growing into full-flown businesses while a part time job will always just be a job.
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  7. Interesting debate. I think side hustling is a lot of work though. I’m not sure that you actually have that much flexibility if you are trying to achieve a certain level of income because you are basically working all the time, even if you enjoy it. At least with a part-time job you have a stop and start time.
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  8. I’ve thought about a few different part time jobs, but it all comes down to the on my own time thing. I do generally work on blogging at some point every day, but it can be at 5AM or 10PM or not at all if I choose to do something else. I’m a huge fan of being able to work on your own time and stopping when you finish your work, regardless of how long it took. Watching a clock until quitting time sucks.
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  9. I would definitely rather have a side hustle than a part-time job. Side hustles are usually more flexible, and you can usually increase your income at a much faster pace than a stagnant paying part-time job.
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  10. I like a side hustle because of the flexibility around family life. However a part time job may also help me stay focused when flexibility and family interfere with cash flow from the side hustle.


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