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More people are turning to hustles out of necessity as inflation drives prices up

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) — On a sunny Friday afternoon, Tabia Gaines is spending her lunch break as a vendor at the Civil Rights District Marketplace.

“I have a full-time job. I work Monday through Friday,” Gaines said.

She is a full-time contract management specialist with her own skincare line.

“Some of my friends and family said, ‘Uh, are you sure that’s what you want to do now? “, Gaines said with a smile.

She launched Tabia Jenise Aesthetics last summer amid a pandemic, but with inflation at a 40-year high, the extra income couldn’t come at a better time.

“Because of the economy, it’s quite difficult not to have another source of income.”

She also has another hustle, a mobile bartending business she started in 2015. Her success in management has helped avoid the growing pains typical of a new business.

Less than a year after selling its first product, Gaines will open a spa.

When asked how she’s coping with it all, she replied, “You’ll find time for things you’re passionate about.”

This is also Kathy Kristof’s answer.

“Think more like you did when you started your career search. What are the things you are passionate about? What do you like to do and how much do you need to earn? »

Kristof is CEO and Editor of

“We research, review and rate 450 different ways to make money,” Kristof explained.

She added, “We serve anyone who needs extra income.”

With inflation driving up the cost of everything, the number of people seeking this advice is growing. A recent BankRate survey found that 41% of people with side hustles need extra income to make ends meet. This is a 10% increase from 2019.

“You can have a thousand different profiles as to why you need to be in this market, but it’s really anyone who wants to make an extra $100, $1,000, $2,000 a month,” Kristof explained. .

Kristof’s team reviewed sites that offer jobs for everything from dog walkers to personal chefs to fake jurors.

“Any professional service you can think of, whether it’s accounting, legal, insurance, human resources, telemedicine, all of those things are getting absolutely gangbuster right now,” she said. No matter your skill set or time investment, Kristoff said there’s a side hustle for you.

“Forget it [side hustles] that you know and try to explore those that suit you and match your resources and skills, find something that you find fun.

That’s what Gaines did.

“I would say, bet on yourself. You know. who will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself? That’s my motto.

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