Need a work life change? Have some time on your hands and trying to figure out how to monetize it? I’m sharing some easy questions you can ask yourself to find your side hustle in partnership with Uber.
I think it’s safe to say that America as we know it was built on side hustle. That little spark that tells us to try something, make something, do something and then take it one step farther. In fact this very site started as my own personal side hustle project.
While working in fashion production management and watching that industry get turned upside down in 2009, I wanted more control of my earnings and of my life. Flying around the globe was great at 22 and less great as the mother of a toddler. After missing both Craig and Kayla’s birthdays in the name of travel I knew I needed change in lifestyle and a change in priorities.
I felt like people always came to me for feedback on products or a creative solution for a problem. Surely that was a marketable trait? Maybe? I hoped. So I started a blog. I began spending my nights at my computer and learning the ropes of the blogging world.
Within a year I had built a business to call my own, started turning a nice profit doing what I loved and had branched out into not just blogging but also managing brand campaigns. A side hustle for my side hustle if you will. The point of all this is that anyone can have a side hustle and that side hustle might just become a career you love or the funding for pursuing a dream you’ve always had. The world is changing and so many of the old career rules our parents were raised with no longer apply.
Thinking about finding your side hustle? Here are a few easy questions to get you on the right path:
What do you enjoy? What are you good at?
Think about what you do in your free time. If you’re a parent odds are that free time is pretty limited but still exists in doses. Are you a late night crafter? Do you love exploring the city you live in? Is traveling your thing? Do you love throwing parties? Are you forever giving your home a makeover?
Think about what you’re really good at. It’s not always the same as what you enjoy but usually there is some overlap. Are you the life of the party and easy to talk to? Do you have a knack for photography? Are you a carpool ninja who is great with logistics? Does everyone rave about your cooking?
What are your priorities? How much time do you have?
Are you free as a bird? Do you have a baby at home? Are you suddenly the parent of school aged children with a window of time during the day?
Knowing how much time you have to devote or want to devote to earning an income or starting a business is key. If you want to stay home with your children while they’re young then you probably need something very flexible and part time. If you’ve recently found yourself with an empty nest you might be ready to dive deep into a project of your own.
What do you hope to change? What are your short term goals?
Knowing what you want to change is key to finding happiness in your side hustle. Is it a flexible schedule you’re searching for? The ability to work from home? The need to feel more creative? A higher income?
I personally don’t think it’s important to have your end goals all mapped out from the start because things almost always change. Short term goals are great for guiding and inspiring yourself. Some of my short term goals were to establish a business that gave me flexibility while my daughter was in preschool and to earn a reasonable full time income by the time she went to kindergarten.
The most important thing about finding your side hustle is just to get going. For years I’ve had friends and acquaintances come and tell me they’re going to start something and my best advice to them is always JUST START! Try something you think you’ll like that doesn’t require a huge time or financial investment and see what happens. I’ve never heard anyone say they wish they hadn’t tried!
The Answer Might Be In Your Phone
If you’re looking for some seed money to start your own business or a super flexible part time opportunity then the answer may already be in your phone. Have you ever used Uber? I’ve been using it for years here in San Diego and wherever I travel and these days with UberX it seems like a no brainer. If I’m meeting a friend at a place with tough parking or I plan to have a drink I always use UberX. I like knowing who my driver will be, knowing exactly when they’ll show up, that I will be riding in a clean and well maintained vehicle. Most importantly as a woman, being able to share my location with my husband or whomever I’m meeting.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sally, and Uber driver-partner based in Chicago. Our life stories definitely have connecting points and might sound familiar to you too. Sally began driving with Uber as a way to leave her full time job in restaurant management that lacked the flexibility and potential earnings she desired as a mother of 5 children.
Sally was one of the first female Uber driver-partners in Chicago and never having been particularly tech savvy, she was quickly able to master Uber’s simple platform for pairing riders and drivers. Driving gave her the ability to learn the ins and outs of her city, discover hidden gems, find time saving routes she could use in her everyday life and most importantly make an income equivalent to or greater than the job that hadn’t fit with her life needs.
Sally’s relationship with Uber has come full circle and she has found her true calling there. These days Sally has a management position with UberEATS, Uber’s pretty amazing food delivery service. She helps coordinate food distribution amongst many driver-partners Partners in her area. Looking back to the roots of how she came to Uber it’s really neat to see that Sally was able to make a change that ultimately led her back to the industry she originally worked in but in a more flexible (and just plain cool!) way that suits her needs. Sally has two grown daughters who now both drive with Uber part time to pay off student loans and earn spending money to enjoy going out or traveling with friends.
My How Times Have Changed!
I love that Sally and I are both living examples that show you can give your working life a makeover and call the shots on how you make money, when you make money and ultimately where your side hustle leads you. Think driving with Uber might be for you? You can learn more here.