Happy New Year! What鈥檚 your New Year鈥檚 resolution? Travel more? Maybe write that book? Perhaps run a marathon? Take up piano again? Start a Side Hustle? “What exactly is a Side Hustle?” I hear you ask. Well, it鈥檚 basically a way to generate extra income without quitting your job. The term was popularised by my friend Chris Guillebeau, whose new book SIDE HUSTLE: From Idea to Income in 27 Days was released a few months ago. He also hosts a podcast called Side Hustle School, which updates every day, with each episode featuring an example of someone鈥檚 successful Side Hustle (including a woman who started a cat sitting service, which is where I got the idea for this comic from).

The not quitting your job part is important here. I quit my job back at the end of 2011, before launching Zen Pencils at the start of 2012 (six year anniversary at the end of the month!). Thankfully it worked out for me, but looking back on it, it was insanely risky. I had a supportive wife and no kids, but I did have a mortgage that we got rid of by selling our house and going back to renting for a period (like I said, supportive wife). So yeah, if you do have a passion project or idea for a new business, check out Chris鈥檚 book and podcast to get some guidance first before you do something crazy like quitting your job and selling your home like I did.

Speaking of books and paying mortgages, my new Zen Pencils collection is out on the 16th January! CREATIVE STRUGGLE: Illustrated Advice from Masters of Creativity collects creative advice from the likes of Stephen King, Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh, Marie Curie, Bren茅 Brown and myself (I did an exclusive comic for the book explaining my 8 tips for living a creative life). It would mean a lot if you pre-ordered and helped spread the word. All the details are on this page, and if you do pre-order you go into the running to win a Zen Pencils prize pack of signed books and a piece of original art. Thank you and all the best for 2018!

– My previous Chris Guillebeau comic: 11 Ways to Unremarkable Average
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