This week’s submission features a few inspiring stories, some ‘food for thought’, time management tips and what cities are flourishing in the gig economy.

Side hustles can be for anyone, you just need a passion. Let’s take Kathy Doyle Thomas, she holds down a executive vice president position at Half Price Books and runs Ready Ritas, a range of margarita mixes that come in a freezable, pourable bag.

Known for serving up mean frozen margaritas from Ziploc bags at parties, she wanted to hands-on with a small business and spend more time with family. Cheryl Hall, Business Columnist at Dallas News scribes this inspiring story of passion and opportunity as well as hurdles in the commercialisation of that passion.

More inspiration can be found at Refinery29 where Pippa Biddle’s account of how she travelled the world without damaging her career. Another interesting journey, possily funded by some luck early on, that has eventuated in a viable alternative to a full time job.

What I wanted wasn’t just a few weeks of vacation carved out of ‘real life’ but rather a life of travel in its entirety.

Avid cooks and green thumbs can be a little smart in their side hustle endeavours. Not as a cook or a landscaper but something of a much smaller (if needed to be) small. Sourced using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farmer’s Daughter Herbs, and Simply Hydroponics and Organics, Madison Morgan ranks these most profitable plans to grow hydroponically in her Insider Monkey article.

  1. Cilantro $6.00 per pound
  2. Basil $14.00 per pound
  3. Dill $14.00 per pound
  4. Mint $14.00 per pound
  5. Chives $14.00 per pound
  6. Tarragon $16.00 per pound
  7. Bay Leaves $30.00 per pound
  8. Ginseng $500-$600 per pound
  9. Cannabis $1,600 per pound

For those wondering how to manage a side hustle on top of a full time position, Ladders offers some advise in their article 4 ways to get work done after hours.

  • Approach it like you would a regular shift
  • Get the tough things out of the way first
  • Make 10 minutes your goal
    • Which means ‘prove that you can make meaningful progress for at least this small amount of time’
  • Remember not to overdo it

So who’s moonlighting where? has listed out the top cities pioneering the Moonlighting marketplace and areas where there’s opportunity for an independent workforce to grow and thrive.

Top Cities for Moonlighting

  1. New York, NY
  2. Miami, FL
  3. Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
  4. Los Angeles, CA
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Washington, DC
  9. Charlotte, NC
  10. Philadelphia, PA

Moonlighting Cities On the Rise

  1. Jackson, MS
  2. Ogden-Clearfield, UT
  3. Boulder, CO
  4. Daytona Beach, FL
  5. Bridgeport, CT
  6. Lansing, MI
  7. Des Moines, IA
  8. Albany, NY
  9. Little Rock, AR
  10. Stockton, CA

For those needing a trade or service, imoonlight allows users to search through common trade and service categories; baking cakes, tutoring, bookkeeping, etc. Moonlighters can specify what days they are available to work, their experience and where appropriate, confirm that they have the necessary qualifications to legally do the job.

Are you ready to start your own side hustle on our moonlighting website?

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