A side hustle is any type of employment or job taken in addition to a regular job. They are generally freelance, meaning you work for yourself without a boss monitoring you. They are not the same as a part-time job. With a part-time job, someone else is still calling the shots on when you will get paid. They also give you plenty of freedom to decide how much work you want to do, and how you want to search for it. 

Side hustles are slowly becoming more popular, especially in today’s world, because of a lack of financial security. Among youth, they provide a reliable way to earn money while showcasing the talents and gifts teens exhibit. Many side hustles start by making either little-to-no money, but if you keep at it consistently, you can earn enough to live off of and make it into a career.  

Famous People with Successful Side Hustles

A pair of white Jordan shoes next to a basketball
A pair of white Jordan shoes next to a basketball

Just in case you thought that side hustling was not for you, here is some inspiration from people who have already become successful through side hustling.


Rihanna, whose lucrative side hustle is Fenty, reported that her beauty line alone is worth $3 billion. She is also the creative director of Puma. This makes Rihanna one of the richest female musicians of all time. 

Phil Knight

We all know about Phil Knight and the Nike brand. But we do not know how it all started. Knight only started Nike after looking at running shoes he saw in Japan. As a student at Stanford University, Knight was very interested in shoes. Despite that, he decided to become a CPA and pursue a degree in accounting instead. When he found success in selling shoes, he quit his job. 

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is the highest-paid athlete of all time, but not just from his salary as a basketball player. When the movie Space Jam came out, Michael earned $250 million at the worldwide box office.

3 of the Best Side Hustles for Teens

A person holding a smartphone with the Youtube logo on the screen
A person holding a smartphone with the Youtube logo on the screen

I know that this seems like a very obvious one, but YouTube is one of the best side hustles for teens who want to get serious about making money. When you sign up for a YouTube channel, make sure that it is centered around a niche. Also, be sure to get lots of people involved to help you out with your efforts. Learn how to utilize SEO and keywords and now you have a successful YouTube channel. Some successful YouTube niches are gaming videos. When finding a niche that best fits you, make sure it is a passion.

Selling Clothing

Selling clothing with your designs on them can lead to successful long-term profit and even a successful brand in the future. Sites that allow you to make shirts are Teespring and Printful. Once you do start selling, get different people involved to help you out.

Becoming a Brand Ambassador

Being a brand ambassador means that you are the face of that companies product. When you show up to live events and other things, you are repping that brand and telling more people about it. To become a brand ambassador, you must have a large following on social media and be tech-savvy. If you are perfect at both of these, then you are on the right path.

Why Today is the Perfect Time to Start

A person jumping across a building
A person jumping across a building

With everything going on in the world and our society, we have time to learn and build interests that we never thought about before. Take a new step today, and you will be looking at a brighter future tomorrow. 

What are some side hustles you’ve found success with? Please share them in the comments.

This article originally published in GREY Journal.