No — the side hustle isn’t the latest dance move set to replace the nae nae. Forget about your feet for a second. It’s all about how you make your money.
Though you may not recognize the term, the side hustle is just a trendy buzz word to describe something Canadians have been doing for generations. Also known as a second job or side gig, the side hustle is a way of supplementing your income.
It’s earned a new name thanks to the surge of people relying on these gigs to pay their bills. Around 4.2 million Canadians classify themselves either as self-employed or as a temporary employee. They make up roughly 21 percent of the country’s overall workforce, and recent studies suggest this number will continue to increase.
It’s also undergone a name change due to the type of jobs Canadians are hustling. While many are still picking up a few extra shifts as a store clerk, a growing number of side hustlers are choosing to monetize their hobbies and become entrepreneurs. They’re turning to websites like Fiverr and Etsy to create digital shops where they can sell their services as bakers, content writers, digital artists, and more.
Here at Abacus Self Storage, we know the side hustle isn’t always easy. Whether you’re new to the gig economy or a seasoned veteran, your second job could stand to benefit from a mini storage unit. Here are just three reasons why.
Keeps life separate from the hustle
If you work part-time as a yoga instructor or web developer, then your side gig won’t take up a lot of your living space. You probably teach yoga at a studio or work on websites anywhere you have a secure connection. But other side gigs aren’t as compartmentalized. If you work as a seamstress, baker, woodworker, or jewellery maker, your job can spread into your living spaces.
If your home is already chockablock with stuff and if you have children running around, you can’t leave your crafting supplies out without worrying about your next project. When you rent one of our mini storage units in Thornhill, you can declutter your spaces to create a better balance within your home, so you aren’t constantly anxious about your things.
Provides ample space should your business grow
At first, a spare bedroom or that corner in the basement offers enough space for your fledging business, but it may not keep up with demand. Once your side hustle takes off, you may need more space than your home can offer. You can find that extra space in one of our storage units where you can put extra materials, finished products, and other items specific to your business. With 24/7 access and your own personalized security code, you can enter your space and pick up the things you need any time you have a new order.
Keeps products clean and in good shape
When you store unused materials and completed projects in a multi-use closet, the basement, or your shed, you’re asking for trouble. These storage spaces in and around your home are constantly in use and under less than ideal conditions. A family member rifling through the closet could damage an order, or the dampness in your basement could encourage mould to grow in fabric.
Each of our facilities are outfitted with state of the art environmental controls, so you won’t have to worry about pests, weather conditions, humidity, or traffic damaging your stuff.
Side hustling can be a challenge, but sometimes it’s the little things like extra space that can help make things easier. The team at Abacus only want the best for your side gig, so make sure you give us a call. Together, we’ll find commercial storage units in North York that are perfect for your business, whatever it may be.
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