Who wouldn’t like to make a few bucks on the side? Maybe there are some small businesses out there that have no clue what to do with their data and you can help at your current stage of knowledge. Or maybe you just want some more money for school or to make ends meet, via data science skills or otherwise.
Chris Guillebeau may have the ideas you need, or be able to help you develop ideas of your own. Quoth Chris, “If you’re trying to make a big change, a hustle can help you build a foundation to move on to something else. If you love your day job, that’s great too — the hustle will provide a creative outlet and a backup plan.”
First there’s his Side Hustle book. Now he has just released 100 Side Hustles. His earlier books might be interesting too, like The $100 Startup, The Art of Nonconformity, Born for This and The Happiness of Pursuit.
Anything you do for yourself or someone else will require you to add value. It’s useful to be able to think like an entrepreneur even if you don’t want to be one. Maybe you can apply entrepreneurial thinking in institutional settings rather than in your own side hustle or startup. Your payoff might not be financial, but you’re setting the stage for later accomplishments and opportunities.
In the words of a wise person, don’t wait for your ship to come in. Swim out to it.