After the Great Recession, many individuals (including myself), started doing anything they could to make extra money. I went six months without a job in 2010, and in those six months, I Googled how to write for money and secured my first freelance client. Even after I secured regular employment, I kept freelance writing on the side. It was, in essence, my side hustle before side hustles were really a thing.
I didn’t know it at the time, but that one simple Google search would lead to the six-figure business I have today as a writer, consultant, brand ambassador and influencer.
I’m not the only one, either. While the recession may have forced many American workers into finding ways to side hustle in order to make ends meet, many of those side hustles have turned into full-fledged businesses.
In fact, according to one study, 53 million American workers are contractors and they earn 17 percent more per hour than those who are employed-full time.
Not only that, but 60 percent of companies are considering hiring more contract workers.
That being said, is it easy to go from side hustle to six-figures? No. It certainly does not happen overnight. However, the economy is ripe with opportunities for it, and with enough gusto, you can make it happen. Here’s how.