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As many entrepreneurs have demonstrated, side hustles are a great way to make money in your spare time. While having a side hustle is a great way to increase your income and build multiple streams of income, your side hustle can also be used to improve your finances.
Here are three ways a side hustle can improve your personal financial situation.
1. Another stream of income
Gone are the days when income from a single source is sufficient to be financially stable. These days, it is becoming more common to diversify your income by having a side hustle, investments, passive income and more. Whether you sell digital products or offer your services, there is a benefit to having an additional stream from your side hustle.
Often, When going over financial information with people I find that they don’t have a money management problem. Instead, they have an income problem. And that simply means they aren’t even making enough money to cover things they want and need. Without a sufficient income, it’s hard to think about anything other than basic survival needs. Additional income from a side hustle can provide much-needed breathing room in the budget and help you stop living from paycheck to paycheck.
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2. Increase your savings
Because you have another income source, you can use that income to boost your savings. Maybe you need to have that fully-funded emergency fund or maybe you and your family are looking forward to your next vacation. By using the side hustle income for your savings, you free the money up in your budget to do other things.
You want to make sure you have enough money in both your personal and business savings accounts so that you can take care of emergencies or irregular expenses (such as car maintenance and repair or taxes) with cash without putting yourself or your business further into debt. By making savings a habit from your side hustle income, you can create a buffer between you and your debt by funding an account to be able to pay for those unexpected expenses or irregular expenses.
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3. Paying off debt
If you’ve got your savings strategy down, another great way to use your side hustle income is to pay off debt. Rather than spending the money on something your business doesn’t need just yet, you can …….