by Hal Salazar
When it comes time to find a side gig, just remember that you don’t necessarily have to find a job that is the complete opposite of your passion. Instead, you can find work that you enjoy. For instance, if you love to paint and sculpt, then you could become an art teacher either in person or online. You can either focus exclusively on teaching or supplement your income by selling books and supplies that your students will need to succeed in your class.
Side gigs are especially helpful for actors and dancers who may need to be available at a moment’s notice to go to auditions for acting/dancing jobs that can come out of nowhere. If you are a dancer, a great side gig might be working as a personal trainer. Since you likely need to keep your body in peak shape, this could be the perfect job. If you’re an actor, you might also consider working as a bartender or server at night. That way you can be available to do film and TV shoots during the day. If you dance or act, you could also teach classes to people who want to learn the arts.
Even though you might find a side gig as a way to earn extra money here and there, you never know when a part-time job can turn into a full-fledged business. If you find that your brand is growing and you are getting more work and clients, then it may be time to bring this endeavor to the next level.
To help move things along, you will want to market your business, and an easy way to do that is by creating your own personal logo that you can put on business cards and your website. You have the option to hire a professional designer to make this logo, but if you want to cut costs, then you can use a free logo maker.
In order for your business to be a success, you need to ensure that you are being paid correctly by customers, and a good way to do that is by sending out detailed invoices that are easy to use. You can turn to an invoice generator which allows you to create your own custom invoices with your own font and design that will clearly state how much money is owed and how those payments can be made.
Some people want a side gig but they don’t know where to start. The good news is that there are many tactics you can try, including inquiring about dance or acting classes, searching online for side gigs at sites like Craigslist and Facebook community groups, and looking on standard job sites. Once you find a job that interests you, apply or reach out to the company to see how you can join their organization. When you do, let them know that you are an actor or dancer and that you will need a flexible schedule.
As you can see, there are plenty of side gigs that you can pick up as a working actor, dancer, or artist. Consider the advice mentioned here and you can make money while still doing what you love. And if you plan on turning your side gig into a business, make sure to prioritize marketing and to have an effective invoicing process in place.
Hal Salazar is a regular contributor for The Frugal Lifestyle. He has written several great articles on how to live a frugal yet richer life. Hal is newly retired, and as he embarked on planning and preparing for his golden years, he realized there was a lot of information to keep up with so he started gathering it all and created Elders.Today to lend a helping hand to other seniors via carefully curated resources. When Hal isn’t working on Elders.Today, he enjoys walking at his local park, testing out new recipes with his wife, Marlene, and playing piano.