Side hustling, or the art of making money on the side, is great for many reasons. It can help you get out of debt, save extra money, or fund that elusive, hard-to-reach goal. I’m currently in the process of paying off $81k in student loans. I’m halfway into my journey and plan to be debt free in the next three or four years. My progress would not be possible without side hustling.

Of course, the extra money that comes from side hustling is the largest benefit, but there are many other unexpected benefits as well.

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Melanie is a freelance writer currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about education, financial literacy, and empowering people to take control of their finances. She writes about breaking up with debt, freelancing, and side hustle adventures at

Currently she puts more than 50% of her income towards debt, while living a frugal, fun life. In addition to her love of personal finance, art and music, she is also a karaoke master. Follow the adventure @DearDebtBlog.

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4 responses to “6 Unexpected Benefits of Side Hustling”

  1. Great post, Melanie! (it won’t let me comment on that other website though). You may know I am not a big fan of side hustling simply because I’m too busy with my full time job and I really enjoy my free time, your post makes me want to reconsider things! 😛 I too want $500 worth of free clothes! 😉
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  2. Great post Melanie! I completely agree with new people and new experiences. You start networking with a whole new group of people.
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