From Idea to Income

Carneige Library of Pittsburgh Presents Side Hustle Series

Pittsburgh, PA  –   – 

According to a July 2017 CNN Money article, more than 44 million Americans have a side hustle, or work that is outside of their regular employment. Popular side hustles include selling handmade products online, ride-sharing, bartending, dog walking, freelancing, and consulting, but in reality, it is a way to turn a passion into extra income. Joining the gig economy is an increasingly popular way to make extra money or kick start a new career.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Side Hustle Series will explore the positives and drawbacks of four popular opportunities from speakers who have made their side hustles work for them.

“With more and more people looking for ways to boost their income, we want to provide information to area residents who are considering running some kind of ‘side hustle’ business but aren’t sure where to begin,” said Wes Roberts, Library Services Manager, Workforce and Economic Development at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. “Maybe someone wants to drive for Uber, but they’re unsure of how to start, or what the tax implications will be. This program series will bring together local people doing these types of jobs and running these types of businesses to provide information on how people can get started.”

Space for each session is limited. Participants are invited to register for one or all four sessions online at Childcare is available for all four sessions through Flexable child care services.

Selling on Etsy
Wednesday, February 14 / 6 pm
CLP – Main (Oakland)
Have you ever thought about selling your handmade goods, or do you have an eye for vintage goods that you’d like to resell? Learn more about how to use Etsy so that you can make your hobby start earning for you.

Online Earning with YouTube, Podcasting and Airbnb
Wednesday, February 21 / 6 pm
CLP – Main (Oakland)
The Internet offers so many opportunities for making money, but where to start? Podcasting is a growing field and YouTube is more popular than ever. Airbnb allows you to rent out your home, or even just a room, to people from all over the world. Hear from a variety of speakers who can let you know how their experiences with online earning have worked for them.

Consulting and Freelancing
Wednesday, February 28 / 6 pm
CLP – Main (Oakland)
As you gain experience in your field, branching out on your own as a consultant or freelancer can be a tempting, but daunting option. In this session you’ll hear from people who have made the transition to successfully market their skills as independent consultant.

Driving for Uber or Lyft
Wednesday, March 07 / 6 pm
CLP – Main (Oakland)
Hear from drivers who have made working for Uber and Lyft work for them. The for-pay ride share model is growing in Pittsburgh and nationally. Find out what’s needed to become a driver, the pros and cons, tips and tricks, and discover if this might be a side gig that is right for you.

To register, or for additional information, visit

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