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Side hustles: For passion or money?

Rob Zaldivar | September 29, 2016

Side Hustles 2016

Twenty-nine percent of workers have a job on the side.

It shouldn't come as an overwhelming shock that a majority of employees (80 percent) say they are not in their dream jobs, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. But it may surprise many to see the number of workers who don't even see it as a possibility: 44 percent think they never will grasp their dream career.

While there are plenty of motivational articles, in-person speakers and even memes encouraging people to "follow their dreams," sometimes quitting your job in pursuit of a passion project is simply not a possibility. So, for 29 percent of the workforce, finding a job outside of their full-time career may be the next best step toward success.

At the same time, money could also be driving workers to pick up a side gig. More than 7 in 10 employees (71 percent) who have a side job say they don't want to turn their side gig into their day job.

Employers love a little extra hustle

Interested in picking up extra work but worried your boss won't go for it? As long as your side job doesn't conflict with the business of your full-time employer, many companies find that entrepreneurial workers are a great asset to their success. Here a couple reasons they value this type of work ethic, according to Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder:

  1. You gain skills off the clock: Building your own business in your spare time gives you real-world experience you can add to your resume and bring to your next job interview. There's no better way to learn than hands-on.
  2. It boosts your creativity: Entrepreneurial employees thrive when handed something to create. At its core, entrepreneurship is about creating something — taking ideas and making them come to life.

Find your side gig

Here is a sampling of the most common side jobs that employees are doing outside of their full-time careers:

  • Survey taker
  • Childcare worker
  • Consultant
  • Freelance writer
  • House sitter
  • Blogger
  • Bartender
  • Photographer/videographer
  • Website designer
  • Tutor

Others went a little more creative to find additional work with jobs like:

  • Mystery shopper
  • BBQ contest official
  • Firewood processor
  • Trailer checker
  • Tattoo apprentice
Share your side gig with us on Twitter and Instagram @CareerBuilder.