A side hustle isn’t just nice, it’s necessary.

If you’re trying to make a big change, a hustle can help you build a foundation to move on to something else. If you love your day job, that’s great too—the hustle will provide a creative outlet and a backup plan.

Either way, you need a hustle of your own.

When you have more than one source of income, you’re no longer dependent on a single employer. You’ll have much greater opportunity. You’ll learn new skills. Oh, and you’ll also have … more money.

When you have more than one paycheck arriving every month, you feel better about yourself. You look to the future differently, and you consider a wider set of options as you make decisions.

It’s also fun. Starting a side hustle is like “playing entrepreneurially” without making a huge commitment. The stakes are low and the potential is high.

About Chris Guillebeau

Challenging authority since 1978.

Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity, and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. His latest book, Born for This, will help you find the work you were meant to do.

Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwide airline lounge.

Other Projects

The Art of Non-Conformity

You don’t have to live your life the way others expect. My original blog, with articles published at least twice a week since 2008 and continuing through eternity.


Our annual gathering in Portland, Oregon welcomes attendees from all over for a weeklong celebration of community, adventure, and service.

Travel Hacking Cartel

Earn frequent flyer miles without leaving the ground. We’ve served over 15,000 users, and when you join now, you’ll get at least 4 free plane tickets a year, guaranteed!

Born for This

It’s not just what kind of work you do, it’s how you do it. Find the work you were born to do and win the career lottery. If you don’t have your dream job, read this book.

The Happiness of Pursuit

My New York Times bestselling book about quests (including mine!) is now available in paperback. Warning: once you go down the road of adventure, you don’t always know where you’ll end up.

The $100 Startup

The original bestseller, with more than 400,000 copies sold worldwide. You don’t need an 80-page business plan or a business degree. Fire your boss and create a new future.

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