Does it feel like almost everyone you know has a side hustle right now? Whether you’re in the in-between stages of life — like the one after you graduate and before you learn how to fully “adult” — or are just bored and looking to pick up a hobby, a side hustle might be the way to go for you.
Not all side hustles are made the same though, and some side hustles are better suited to different interests and different stages in life — especially Gen Z. If you are a Gen-Zer like me — i.e., fresh out of college and looking for direction on where to go — there are actually plenty of unique, fun and fulfilling side hustles that play to our generation’s strengths and skills like creativity, digital literacy and communication.
Read on for our top picks for side hustles in Canada that Gen Z will thrive in right now.
Start a podcast
You can podcast about practically anything in the world (research shows that listening to podcasts can also help satisfy our need for social connection, too, but that’s just a perk). From mental health to music to comedy to re-watching shows, if there's a will, there's a way.
Pick up a microphone and click record now and think about the rest later. Forbes offers five tips to get you started with a podcasting side hustle (and making money while doing it).
Go for graphic design
From working on an iPad and freelancing your art or taking it to the next level and making a career out of it, there is no better time than now to start.
Brush up on your art skills and take a chance — graphic design is an art that you can pick up and learn on social media, which makes it a great choice for Gen Z side hustlers to try.
Put your photography skills to use
Aside from finding freelance photography gigs (for example, photographing a special event or taking headshots), there are multiple ways to make your photography into a money-making side hustle — such as selling prints of your best work.
Rev up a classic side hustle like driving or delivery services
While driving and food delivery are hard work — and your financial success often depends a lot on how much people are willing to tip — there are plenty of perks to this type of side hustle. There’s lots of flexibility (you can do it when you want) and freedom to listen to what you want to while you do it (most of the time).
When it comes to this type of side hustle, it’s a good idea to start slow and work your way up.
Make the most of TikTok
Don’t run yet — while the app actually provides more options than just thirst traps and dancing videos (Wealth Awesome details some of the ways that Canadians can make money on TikTok here). Getting creative with your TikTok and turning it into a viable side hustle is possible — and often fits any lifestyle.
Try freelance writing
What is most appealing about freelance writing as a side hustle is the flexibility: you can do it pretty much anywhere and anytime. Sit in libraries or coffee shops and write all day, make your own schedule and work as early or late as you want… what more could you need in a side hustle?
There are many different doors you can open to go down the freelance-writing rabbit hole. Whether you write for a larger company, start small with a blog or self-publish your own book, freelance writing is definitely not a one-size-fits-all gig — take this side hustle and make it your own.
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Create your own YouTube channel
But YouTube also has a lot more to offer — just don’t forget to monetize your YouTube channel so you can actually make money. Indeed offers some tips on how to monetize your YouTube videos here.