“Your income is directly related to your philosophy, not the economy.” – Jim Rohn

Starting a Side Hustle.

A side job, also informally called a side hustle or side gig, is an additional job that a person takes in addition to their primary job to supplement their income. Side jobs may be done out of necessity, when one’s income from their main job is insufficient to support them, or simply out of a desire to earn more income.

Working a side job can also, informally, be called moonlighting, usually when it is performed after normal working time. A side job can be a full-time job, part-time job, or Freelance work, and a person can hold more than one side job. When you work for the State of California as your primary full-time job your side hustle may be considered Secondary Employment.

“Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself!”

State of California rules regarding secondary employment.

There are Rules and Regulations regarding Secondary Employment when your a State of California Employee. Listed below are a few common rules that you should be familiar with if you are considering Secondary Employment.

  1. Conflicts of Interest.
  2. Your Agency’s Incompatible Activities Statement.
  3. Using Company Resources for Personal activities.
  4. Devoting business time to business activities.
  5. Form 700 filings.

Excerpt from CALHR Employee Orientation Webpage

Ethical Behavior

You are prohibited from using state facilities, equipment, or work time to conduct personal business. Your agency/department will provide you with a copy of its guidelines regarding incompatible activities; you must abide by these guidelines. In addition, some employees are required to file financial disclosure statements, depending on their position.

You are prohibited from using drugs (other than medication prescribed by your physician). Drinking alcohol, being intoxicated, or having open containers of alcoholic beverages of any kind on state premises, or while conducting state business, also is prohibited.

You may not display any sign, slogan, pin, or other item containing words or symbols offensive or insulting to any group or individual, nor of a partisan political nature.

You may not participate in political activity that involves the use of any state resource, which includes state property, funds, equipment, supplies, phones, computers, vehicles, travel, and work time. Serving as a precinct board member does not constitute political activity in this context.

If you are considering any political activities, first check with your supervisor regarding activities prohibited by the California Government Code or your collective bargaining agreement. Infractions in any of these areas could result in actions ranging from an informal reprimand to dismissal.

“California Government Code § 1126 addresses  Incompatible Activities for State Employees. Use the button below to learn more about (GC)§ 1126.”

Different Types of technology related Side Hustles

Depending upon your Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) the type of side hustle you engage in will vary.

Most Tech workers start a side hustle related to their technology skill or expertise.


“Remembering you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose!”

General Side Hustle Ideas.

The key to side hustles is understanding the concepts of income streams. 

Income stream(s) refer to an amount of money that keeps coming in or being produced from an investment or by selling products or services.

The key is understanding that you only have some much time in a day to make money. Once this is realized you start to think about how to develop both active and passive income streams.

  • An Active income stream is where you do some work or provide a service and someone pays you for it. You are exchanging your time or money.
  • A Passive income stream is where the income is not directly tied to the work you do. 


“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”- Tony Robbins

“You have to be smart. The easy days are over.” – Robert Kiyosaki