I was reading article from a Rachel Bitte, a contributing writer for The Muse, a website that discusses all things work, employment and getting hired related and she was addressing the legal layout of side hustling. I love reading about side hustling from other perspectives and learning something new. I make time to read every piece of content I come across about about side gigs because I’m really passionate about having side hustles. I live to hustle.
However, I was really upset after reading her article that I couldn’t even finish it in the first read-through. I had to come back to it in a calmer state of mind. Now, I understand that she is discussing the legalities of having or starting a side hustle and making sure people don’t jeopardize their full-time, rent-paying, keeping-the-lights-on job. I get that. But I don’t think she’s well versed in the reasons why people start hustling. She starts off by saying “maybe you love your job”. What the hell? Does she not know that studies have shown that between 75% and 85% of people in the U.S. hate their jobs? Those same people who hate their jobs actively look for other jobs while at their current job. Who is Rachel referring to? She talks about starting a passion project as a side hustle. Logically, I would think that if you love your job it would be in line with your passion. Yes, it’s possible to love more than one thing, but someone who loves their job and is dedicated to the work and the company and the mission of the company — does that sound like someone who’s gonna start a side hustle? For the heck of it? Really?
Then she goes to talk about speaking with your HR or company representative to make sure you’re not violating any non-compete clauses. That, I understand IF your side hustle is directly related to your work in your full time job. If not, what you do from 5pm to 9am is no one’s business but yours. Telling your boss about your side hustle is the equivalent to tell your employer you get hammered every Wednesday evening. That’s scary, if you do, but that’s none of their business. Just like your side hustle is none their business.
Then Ms. Rachel goes on to having the person confirm with boss or employer that they’re 100% committed to their full time job. NO THEY’RE NOT. People start a side for two main reasons: they need to earn more money that they’re not making at their full time jobs or their full time jobs aren’t completely fulfilling them professionally. That’s it. If you love your job and are getting paid what you feel you are worth, chances are you’re not side hustling. There’s nothing wrong that. But the notion that side hustling is a decision made whimsically and light-heartedly is foolishness. RACHEL, it’s foolishness.
I’ve included the link to the article below. Tell me what you think. Am I being too dramatic? Mind you, I take side hustling seriously.