7 Side Hustle Ideas to Feed Your Soul (and Wallet)

When we are young, extracurricular activities are a mandatory part of life, but as we get older, those hobbies and passions often fall to the wayside as we build careers and families. With mounting responsibilities—not to mention financial woes—taking up the majority of our time and energy, it can be difficult to prioritize anything other than the bare essentials. But, according to psychotherapist Jeremy Bergen, creating a side hustle isn’t just lucrative—it’s also a great way to develop your identity outside the office. “We feel pressure to find a lot of our identity in our work, but the fact is that there are very few people who find careers that define them as a person,” he says.

Unless you are one of those few people, it might be time reignite your passions and find a creative outlet. Bergen says, “The key to picking a side project that will improve your mood is choosing something that you feel excited to do that also happens to make money.”

Keep scrolling for seven ideas to kickstart your next after-work project.

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