Working from home during the Pandemic may provide you with a golden opportunity to try a meaningful side hustle. Gigs and other non-traditional work opportunities can get you easily to meaningful work, especially if your day job lacks meaningful work attributes.

Even before the Pandemic, much work lacked meaning. According to the Gallup Organization, 66 percent of the workforce indicated that the work they did, to some extent, lacked meaning and purpose.

try a side hustleTry a Meaningful Side Hustle to Make Work Impactful

Opportunities can take several forms. For example:

  • Part-time gig running a resource sustainable business;
  • A contract assignment or several to mitigate a societal problem;
  • Blogging, podcasting, and thought-leadership on issues of interest to you;
  • Running a nonprofit organization; and
  • Skill-based volunteer work activities.

The work that attorney Adelle Settle does for the federal government is indeed meaningful.

But a troubling discovery in her own neighborhood rocked her sense of purpose:

“In 2017, I was just driving down the street and I heard this interview on NPR and it was about this child in New Mexico who had gone to get a school lunch. And he walked up to the cash register with his meal in his hands, and it turned out that he didn’t have enough money in his account to pay for the lunch. So, the lunch lady took the meal out of his hands and threw it in the trash right in front of him, and, gave him an alternative meal like a cold cheese sandwich instead of the healthy meal—one that had already been served that they couldn’t give to anybody else. And instead of letting that child eat that meal, they threw it away. And they did it in front of him. You know, of course, that the child is going to be traumatized by that.”

Adelle knew she had to do something. So she founded Settle the Debt, a federally chartered nonprofit organization that pays off the lunch debt of public school students in her Northern Virginia community.

By all accounts, Settle the Debt is a huge success.

When you try a meaningful side hustle, you test out promising ideas and business models. The great thing is that many of them can help you to positively change the world. They may even turn into a full-time endeavor.

Our best days lie ahead.

DAN SMOLEN is founder of The Dan Smolen Experience, LLC. He is also the executive producer and host of The Tightrope Podcast.  Please comment here to let us know how we are doing, and, to offer suggestions for future guests and topics. Also, please catch up with our past blog posts, like this one and this one.  

Image credits: Vlogger, iStock Photo; Adelle Settle portrait, Settle the Debt.