Why College Students Need Side Hustles

Why College Students Need Side Hustles | Having a side hustle can be a huge asset while in college! Learn why on macaronsinthemorning.com

Side hustles are the new wave among millennials, and for good reason. Our generation is known for being multi-talented and totally unsatisfied with the thought of having just one career path. Job security is becoming less and less of a guarantee as well, and it’s now almost necessary to start pulling income from multiple places.

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.
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I think of a side hustle as a project, hobby, or small business that you have outside of your regular responsibilities. Your side hustle uses your talents and passions to make some sort of profit.

This wave is not just for 20-something millennials who work 9-5 jobs, though. Having a side hustle while you’re still in college can be a huge advantage, especially when applying for internships.

A successful side hustle will set you apart from the crowd

Taking the initiative to start a big project by yourself will always catch a hiring manager’s eye. Most people don’t have the courage to try to carry out their visions at a young age. Doing so will make you stand out in a crowd of applicants.

Committing to and being passionate about a side hustle shows that you approach life with ambition, enthusiasm, and innovation. These are traits that any employer would love to see put into practice at their companies. All those “buzz words” you fill your resume with will actually hold power when you have a well-developed side hustle to illustrate them.

You’ll also gain resume-worthy skills and experience

It’s a struggle applying to really good internships, especially as a Freshman or Sophomore. You probably lack the experience and skill sets that highly selective employers are looking for. You might begin to feel your resume is a little bare when all you have to draw from are accomplishments from high school or clubs that you joined only a few months ago.

With a side hustle, you can gain the skills and experience that employers are looking for on your own. I consider blogging to be my side hustle, and most of the skills and experience I refer to on my resume have come directly from my work on Macarons in the Morning.

Organization, time-management, research, data analysis, and communication skills are almost inherent to any hustle. You will also gain experience specific to your work. For example, if you become a freelance graphic designer, Illustrator and Photoshop will be mastered skills after a few gigs. You’ll also learn how to build your brand and its credibility, attract new clients, and be a versatile thinker.

Don’t feel like a side hustle you do out of passion cannot be useful to your academic pursuits because they aren’t closely related. The skills you will acquire can be applied to many internships that you apply for.

Explore your passions while still pursuing a marketable major

There is a lot of pressure on college students to have majors that will get them good paying jobs once they graduate in order to pay off loans and still live comfortably. Finding majors that will provide this opportunity often comes at the expense of exploring our more creative sides.

Having side hustles and hobbies allow you to develop your other talents at a pretty low risk. You can still ensure you’ll have financial security while giving yourself a creative outlet. You can thrive and survive this way!

Make money on your own terms

Some side hustles can eventually grow to take the place of an on campus job and can become a pretty reliable source of income. If you prefer to have the freedom of being your own boss and deciding how you want to make money, a side hustle is the way to go.

Of course, side hustles require a lot more hours and some time before they really start being lucrative. Make sure you’re also passionate about your side hustle. It’s easy to want to ditch it if you’re just doing it for the money.


What do you think about side hustles? If you had to start one, what would you do? Let me know in the comments!

June 25, 2017
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4 Comments

  • Reply Shenga

    Ahhhhhh! LOLA!!! So glad you’re back to blogging! I really missed your insightful posts! What a great topic, I definitely need to look into some side hustles. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. <3

    Lots of love,
    Shenga | helloshenga.com

    June 25, 2017 at 1:04 am
    • Reply Lola Adewuya

      Hey girl!!! It’s good to be back, I just couldn’t let MITM go haha! Thank you so much for keeping up with me, I hope to get more consistent with posting (I’m also starting another blog, so look out for that). Are you still blogging? I’m getting a 404 not found when I go to your website. I hope you are!!

      Love,
      Lola

      June 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply kathlynkale

    You’re back! I think that this is such a great post. You listed a lot of valuable reasons as to why a side hustle is so important, and it’s made me want to step up my own game. I think side hustles give the ordinary person an advantage over others and sets them apart. Getting back into book blogging and eventually podcasting are on my mind right now.

    Kathlyn | Kathlyn’s Korner

    June 28, 2017 at 10:11 am
    • Reply Lola Adewuya

      Hey Kathlyn! I have indeed returned!! A podcast sounds really exciting, I would listen to yours any day. We need more people our age using their voices in all corners of digital media. Keep grinding girl!

      Love,
      Lola

      June 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm

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