#DigiBlogChat September 5: How to Turn a Hobby into a Side Gig

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We’re talking about side hustles Tuesday! Do join us on Twitter (now “X”) on Tuesday, September 5th at 1:00 pm Pacific for #Digiblogchat! How to Turn a Hobby into a Side Gig with @maricarjagger!

Urban Dictionary defines side hustle like so: Sideline that brings in cash; something other than your main job. Maybe playing weekend gigs or life coaching. SELLING AMWAY IS NOT A SIDE HUSTLE — it’s just a stupid way to alienate your friends.

Join us each Tuesday from 1:00 through 2:00 p.m. PDT, 10pm CEST (most of W. Europe), 9pm BST + WEST (UK + Portugal), 4pm EDT (Eastern). My partner for these chats is @LazBlazter.  If you need to know how to participate, click here: How to Join #DigiBlogChat. P.S. Don’t forget to add the #digiblogchat hashtag!

Here are the questions:

Q1. What is a side hustle? #digiblogchat 

Q2. What skills can you offer? #digiblogchat 

Q3. What do you love doing in your spare time? #digiblogchat 

Q4. What skills can you teach others? #digiblogchat 

Q5. Have you ever wanted to run your own business? #digiblogchat 

Q6. What’s stopping you from running your own business? #digiblogchat 

Q7. Do you have a side hustle? Is creating a business out of it a good idea? #digiblogchat 

Q8. Can you turn your hobby into a side hustle? #digiblogchat 

Q9. Can you offer your skills to others? Will they pay you for your skill? #digiblogchat 

Q10. What is the one thing you would do if you had more hours in the day? #digiblogchat 

A Good Hobby Will Make You Feel Delighted

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As I write this week’s blog post, the world is reeling from the Corona Virus panic. Nearly every news story is about how events are being cancelled, new sanctions are being imposed, and more people are getting sick. It’s enough to cause anxiety and worry for even the most calm people among us. What to do? How about delving into a hobby instead of going to that conference–since it’s just been cancelled?

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Hobbies Take Us on a Mini-Vacation

For me, there’s nothing like a hobby to get away from the stress and stop thinking and worrying over things I have no control over. When I knit something, listen to a podcast, or cut out pattern pieces to sew, I’m a million miles away. Time disappears and I forget to eat. If you still need to be connected, you might like How to Use Social Media and Keep Your Mental Health.

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Hobbies Make Us Happier

If you tend to overwork, having a hobby can definitely make you happier. Not only do you learn something new, you often get out into the community through your hobby, too. For instance, I’ve met loads of wonderful women through knitting. We meet for coffee, knit, and kvetch about everything under the sun. Having more social connections leads to greater happiness in many studies. You can read about some of my stretch goals (which include sewing and knitting) here: How to Make Stretch Goals That Make You Stretch.

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Hobbies Give Us More Dimension

If all you have to talk about it work, isn’t that a little one dimensional? Last week I was at Window Works (a client of mine) for the Women in Construction Luncheon in San Francisco, and met a woman engineer. She asked me what I do when I’m not working. It turns out that she’s a ballroom dancer! Along with being a structural engineer, she enters dance competitions. Besides being ultra-cool, having a whole other hobby makes her more interesting.

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Why Not Have a Hobby?

Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. in her article Six Reasons to Get a Hobby, says “Consider the possibility that you’re not as busy as you think.” We all waste time on social media, Netflix, and “doing something close to nothing, but different than the day before” as Prince once sang. But having a hobby seems to have gone by the wayside. And if you have a structured hobby, she says, chances are you’d finish up that work so you could scoot off to your book club meeting. Without a hobby, work expands to fill the time we have. And active leisure is invigorating, says Kurtz. Wouldn’t you agree?

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What’s Your Hobby?

Do you have something that you love to do when you’re not working? What is it? Leave me a comment and thank you!

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