Brooke Lowry represents the rising tide of modern entrepreneurs: an amalgamation of committed professional plus passionate CEO and founder of her ‘side hustle’ productivity app ‘Goalie.’
A ‘serial goal-achiever’ Lowry balances a Senior Product Owner role with managing the Goalie team – 7 remote-based individuals. Goalie offers a systematic way for people to take action and achieve goals – indicative of Lowry’s ethos.
Ms Lowry (28) shares her opinion with AESTOLOGYY about the benefits of having ‘two jobs,’ and why it could soon become commonplace.
Global citizens are honing in on their creative and entrepreneurial skills during the pandemic.
The world of work as we know is changing. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has closed international borders, it has also opened the door for many domestic citizens to hone in on their creative and entrepreneurial talents. Travel restrictions have seen many use their time to knuckle down, and try something new.
Evidence of side hustles are popping up all over Facebook communities [She’s on the Money, Girls in Business, My Millennial Money] as people look for creative ways to make extra cash, and increase personal streams of revenue.
Ten reasons why you should pursue a side hustle:
- Maintain a healthy attitude to work
- One job takes energy, the other job gives energy and purpose
- To maintain a healthy balance and outside perspective on other ways of working
- A mental break from each job would provide more mental clarity and a unique outward-looking-in perspective on the situation
- Strengthen your soft skills
- Develop your soft skills/empathy
- Bridge your current self into your future self
- Consciously practice building emotional intelligence and resilience
- Train your mind to play/create
- One job to play/create with no restrictions/rules/regulations
- One job encourages creative freedom and therefore enables you to be more innovative
- Broaden perspective to keep your mind open
- Stay connected to the outside world, think outside the box
- To give back
- One to give back/contribute to society
- Do something that makes you feel good
The world needs our urgent help on fundamental social issues, unfortunately these issues cannot wait until we finish our day jobs and retire. The world needs us now.
Societal aspects such as: the Black lives matter movement, climate change, women’s rights, minority rights, the COVID19 pandemic and job losses are some of the modern day issues we face today.
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- Maintain industry knowledge
- Maintain industry knowledge and theory
- Apply skills you learned in the way you want to
- Opportunity to speak to others through attending alumni/expert events
- Stay connected with industry professionals/university alumni
- Connect with up-and-coming talent
- Expand your network
- Expand your network and meet different types of people
- Networking adds to the likelihood of your success in business (see here)
- Cross pollinate industry knowledge
- Exposure to different ways of working and different companies can make our contributions more valuable.
- Creative fusion of ideas from different contexts = innovation
- Bridge into your future self
- To learn and improve ourselves
- To visualise, focus on the future and build the person we want to become
- Trial career/business options to figure out what you really want
- We don’t have only one talent, we have multiple, two jobs is a good test and use of those multiple talents
- The more you explore/try different things, the sooner you’ll find what’s right for you
- One job to sustain your lifestyle/pay the bills, the other to do as you please
- Multiple streams of revenue
- The pandemic has put our full time jobs at risk
- Diversifying our revenue streams means that we will be less impacted if one avenue were to be unexpectedly cut-off.
Every one of us has an inherent side hustle gene. A side hustle doesn’t have to be as grandiose as an app startup or a global company.
A side hustle could be regular source of income to help pay for the groceries, something to maintain your lifestyle, or a source of energy replenishment when you feel the world is zapping your energy. All are definitions of a successful side hustle.
Push your limits and explore other secret talents you have that; fill your soul, make you a better human, and could help make money.