You Don’t Have To Turn Every Hobby Into A Job or Side Hustle

It’s great to have a creative outlet or hobby you just enjoy!

Jyssica Schwartz


It seems like every piece of advice online these days are all about “take what you love and make it your job!” and “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!” and “side gigs are the new career!”

It’s true in one sense. If you like your job, it is still work…but it feels less terrible. You don’t dread getting up on a workday and you don’t hate what you’re doing all day long.

And that’s wonderful.

But unlike the prevailing advice out there, you do NOT have to turn anything and everything you love into a paying side hustle or full-time job.

If you enjoy painting or making earrings just for fun but don’t WANT the hustle of starting a business and making them all the time, that’s fine!

If you like writing now and then and do it for fun and post on your blog but don’t want to make it a career, that’s cool!

If you like updating your personal website and are good at it but don’t want to be a website developer as a job, that’s A-OK!

I think sometimes these advice-givers forget that it’s ok to have a creative outlet or hobby you just enjoy.

Not everything has to be a business. Not everything needs to make you money. Your time doesn’t need to be constantly spent working toward something.

In fact, there is a very good argument to be made that having a regular job you like (but maybe not love) and then having your creative outlets/hobbies in your off hours is extremely satisfying.

When you like your job but it isn’t your wholehearted passion, it’s easier to turn it off at the end of the day. Time to go home? Great, I will not think about work again until morning.

There is a stability and ease to having a regular job that isn’t your hobby or passion.

It doesn’t take over your life or your living room.



Jyssica Schwartz

Manging editor. entrepreneur, writer, editor, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.”