Pamela Slim over at Escape From Cubicle Nation has the answer.

My friend’s teenage daughter informed her the other day that she was enrolling in a nail technician class at high school.

The friend, who has been prepping her daughter for a good college education since she was a toddler, was less than thrilled.

“Why are you taking a beauty school class instead of an advanced placement academic class? Wouldn’t that be better for college?”

“MOM,” she said in an exasperated tone that only teenagers do perfectly, “Doing nails is my side hustle to help pay for college. I can do it anytime, in the dorms, and there is a ready market if I need some extra cash.”

My friend went from worry to admiration for the enterprising spirit of her daughter.

If you are still working in a corporate job, a side hustle is a great way to test and try new business ideas. It can also be part of your backup plan in case you lose your job. Examples of side hustles I have seen from corporate employee clients and friends over the years:

* Web design
* Home organizing
* Writing and editing
* Coaching
* Computer maintenance
* Massage
* Tax preparation
* Personal training
* Yoga
* Consulting
* Catering
* Photography

Photo by jenikahycc.

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