In the not too distant past, the idea of doing additional work outside of your day-to-day job was almost unheard of. But a surprising 15% of working-age Canadians now say they have a side hustle.
Whether it’s in pursuit of a passion, monetizing a hobby, gaining additional skills to further their careers, or simply as an additional source of income, more Canadians than ever are taking on work outside of their regular job.
Having a side hustle or side gig is a relatively new phenomenon. Over half of those surveyed (55%) have been doing their side job for under two years, but they’re very happy that they made the leap.
A huge 84% of side hustlers said they were happy with their extra job. The main benefits of side hustle work were found to be enjoying the work (22%), the freedom in the ability to choose when to work (21%) and how much work to do (17%).
The side gig economy is living proof that people aren’t always just what they seem on their LinkedIn profile. Some people have very unexpected side jobs.