CareerBuilder commissioned a survey of 3,244 US employed aged 18 and over. Those surveyed were employed full-time, not self-employed and non-government. The survey concluded that millennials significantly outpace other age groups for taking on side gigs.
The study into the side gig economy doesn’t appear to include the trade industry of which we expect to skew these results somewhat.
The leisure and hospitality industry were most likely to have a side gig (34 percent), followed by retail (33 percent) and transportation. In the South it’s more common to see employees pursuing a side hustle.
Almost a third of employees have side hustles, broken down by:
- 39 percent of 18-24 year olds
- 44 percent of 25-34 year olds
- 29 percent of 35-44 year olds
- 22 percent of 45-54 year olds
- 19 percent of those aged 55 and older.
- Survey taker
- Freelance writer
- House sitter
- Website designer
- Mystery shopper
- BBQ contest official
- Firewood processor
- Trailer checker
- Tattoo apprentice
- Gaining skills off the clock: Building your own business in your spare time gives you real-world experience you can add to your resume and bring to your next job interview. There’s no better way to learn than hands-on.
- What employers want: Employers are looking for innovative, proactive team members and self-starters to achieve organizational results. These characteristics best describe an entrepreneur.
- Boosting your creativity: Entrepreneurial employees thrive when handed something to create. At its core, entrepreneurship is about creating something — taking ideas and making them come to life.
More common moonlighting ventures included:
The more unique side gigs included:
Why Side Hustle
Rosemary Haefner, Chief Human Resources Officer at CareerBuilder explained that “Side hustles not only provide financial benefits to workers, but they make them more attractive candidates to employers, especially in a competitive job market.”
3 Ways moonlighting employees assist their full time employer:
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