Side hustles are the new norm – who’s doing them, what they’re doing

How to follow your passion and pay the bills

Got a side gig? You’re not alone. According to new CareerBuilder research, nearly a third of workers do.

Feel like every day you’re hustling, hustling? So do other American workers. According to new CareerBuilder research, nearly a third of workers (32 percent) have side gigs — a trait more common for women than men — 35 percent vs. 28 percent.

Broken down by age, those under 35 are more likely to have a side hustle (41 percent) versus those over 35 (27 percent). By race/ethnicity, African American workers (46 percent) and Hispanic workers (40 percent) are more likely than White (29 percent) and Asian (26 percent) workers to have a side hustle.

And side gigs aren’t limited to an income level. One in 4 workers making more than $75k (25 percent) and 19 percent of those making more than $100k currently have a gig outside of their full time job. This is compared to 35 percent of workers making below $50k and 36 percent earning below $35k.

Broken down by industry or function, leisure and hospitality (42 percent), transportation (36 percent) and health care (34 percent) workers report having a side gig, followed by:

Retail: 32 percent

Manufacturing: 31 percent

Sales: 30 percent

Financial services: 27 percent

IT: 25 percent

What are workers doing?

Below are some of the types of side hustles workers are doing in addition to their regular work hours, according to survey results:

  • Survey taker
  • Babysitter
  • Chef/baker
  • Dog walker
  • Blogger
  • House sitter
  • DJ
  • Bartender

Some workers cited more unique side gigs:

  • Barrel racer
  • Face painter
  • Gourd artist
  • Soap maker
  • Rapper

How to work side hustles so you don’t lose your day job:

Before you pick up a side hustle, make sure it won't affect your main source of income. When in doubt, talk to your boss or HR and review your employee handbook.

To balance your main and secondary job without burning out, keep your health and well-being in mind as you work.

Consider what your long-term ambitions are. If your side hustle doesn't have the potential to be your next career move, it may be more beneficial to focus on snaring that promotion or raise at your main job

Tweet at @CareerBuilder: Do you have a side hustle? What is it? Are you more loyal to your day job or side hustle?