Study hard, side hustle harder!

Earning some extra cash on the side can be used for saving or preparing for a rainy day. Recent studies show that more than 10% of Canada’s population participates in the gig economy.

However, it’s important that you pursue a side hustle based on your passion. That way, it doesn’t feel overwhelming and you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your skills and build your portfolio.

While you explore your passions, here are our top picks for you to try.


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If you love crafting stories or poems during your free time, launching a blog could be the perfect outlet for your creativity. It allows you to engage with an audience, but before diving in, carefully consider your niche. What topics truly captivate you? Keep in mind that your blog’s content will revolve around your chosen niche.

Once you start blogging, you must be consistent to attract traffic. That way, you can monetize it with ads or affiliate sales. And don’t forget to do your research before choosing your CMS platform.


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If you have a passion for capturing moments and creating stunning photos, why not transform your skills into a lucrative side hustle?

Imagine about all the projects you can take on from clients. It could range from professional headshots, graduation photos and much more. Businesses and professionals are always looking for photography services, making it a lucrative side hustle.


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With remote work becoming the new normal, you can provide tutoring services in the comfort of your home. Especially if you already have the perfect desk set up.

If you’re bilingual, consider teaching languages as it can be challenging to learn a second language without a tutor. Having one makes it easier to improve one’s fluency.

If you have a knack for explaining topics to friends or classmates, then tutoring is right up your alley.

Hair styling

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Getting braids or a haircut can be expensive. But if you’re gifted in this field, you should consider doing hair on the side. You can set up your station right at home. And since these services are in high demand, you’re likely to receive many bookings.

Now that you’ve explored some side hustle ideas, consider pursuing one aligned with your passion. At first, it will be intimidating, but the best feeling is doing something you love.

Ever heard of Liza Koshy? She’s the epitome of following your passion and turning it into a successful career. From viral Vine videos to voice acting in the latest Transformers movie, Liza has done it all.

Although she has gained many subscribers on YouTube, she continues to pursue other projects. As such, she has shifted her focus to pursuing acting and directing roles. All of which highlights why it’s essential to follow your passion and fuel your creativity.

Did you hear we have some exciting news? Liza Koshy will be the guest speaker at our upcoming Real Talks event. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to hear from the best! Here’s everything you need to know.

Real Talks

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Join us for an exciting LIVE Real Talks event on Monday, Nov. 20. This event will be held at the IGNITE Student Centre, North campus, starting at 12 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Featuring our guest speaker Liza Koshy, you’ll have the opportunity to hear about her career journey and why it’s essential to manage your professional and personal lives. If you’re interested in attending this event, go ahead and purchase your ticket.

Tickets are currently on sale right now for only $5. And if you’re unable to attend in person, don’t worry! You can watch the event virtually for FREE.


Students are prohibited from taking photos/recording during the event. Students are encouraged to keep their phones in their pockets. Failure to follow these rules, students will be asked to leave the event.

Looking for more inspiration? Here’s Jay Shetty’s guide to success and finding one’s purpose.

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