Your Abuela Invented The Hustle But Young Latinos Are Remaking It For A New Generation

Conyó, mein, the hustle is so real for our generation. Just as real is social media culture and presenting an Internet version of ourselves to everyone else’s Internet self. While we’re not trying to glamorize selling our plasma eight times a month (that hustle is real), we are excellent at making surviving look like thriving.

By no means did we invent the hustle. Our abuelos were smuggling in homemade food to the movie theaters long before the 2008 recession as a point of pride. We’ve grown up judging the bobos around us carrying designer bags when the knock offs are just as good. Our family has been hustling for so long to give us a better life, but this isn’t what they had in mind.

Our generation’s version of what’s a socially acceptable way to thrive is either a point of pride or shame for our parents, with no in between.

1. Freelancing

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According to a Pew Research study, half of millennials have a side hustle. Given that we grew up coding for our Myspace and Neopets’ pages, that tech-savvy instinct is helping us make extra money on the side in building websites, web design, blog writing and more.

Some of us are freelancing full time and the padres are still asking us, years later, if we’ve found a job yet. “Yes?” We’ve made our home offices look Instagram sterile, but the reality is we’re working from our couches in our piyamas.

2. Thrifting

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While Latinos grew up wearing their prima’s hand-me-down’s, the rest of Millennials are valuing a solid thrift find higher than dropping $1k on a Kanye West ripped up white camiseta. While our parents hoped we’d grow up one day to buy business suits and new clothes, we’re learning to hem and repair thrift finds because we’re resourceful like that. We have no shame and only gains when it comes to thrifting.

3. #VanLife

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Y’all, some of us are technically homeless and loving it. When viejos tell us to just put half our income in savings, we’re like, “que que?” Rising rent costs has most of us giving up half our income to rent, making it near impossible to save up for practical things (like homes) or even a vacation.

Instagram angel Nature Chola combines the two with #FakeVanLife. Since we’re too broke for hotel rooms, she’s just added a foam mattress to the trunk of her SUV and gets those ocean views for the cost of the gas to get you there. Would our abuelos think this glamorous? Probably not, but this dream is attainable for our generation and we’re here for it.

4. Camping

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In a similar vein, we’re not affording international vacations or even weekend getaways. I picked up camping as a hobby because it costs $6 a night and was the cheapest way to get out of the city and get some R&R in. Are my parents horrified? Yes. Do I care? Absolutamente not.

5. Dog Sitting / Instagram

We can’t afford that gorgeous Frenchie of our dreams so we’re dog sitting instead and featuring them on the feed. The ideal pet sitting gig is one that gets you out of your apartment with three roommates and into a house with real live A/C. Dog sitting is mostly poop scooping and wiping slobber off casi todo, but that photogenic face deserves all the limelight. Plus, we get the puppy cuddles we wish we could afford all to ourselves.

6. Motorcycles

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Have any of us sold our eggs to buy a motorcycle? Maybe. Millennials are delaying car ownership as we try to pay off student debt. Motorcycles, on the other hand, cost just a few thousand dollars to own y ya. #ProudParents

7. Potlucks in the Park

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Try to organize any kind of gathering at a restaurant and it’s going to suck. Splitting bills can be anxiety-provoking and nobody wants to save money by eating a salad. Thankfully, the “potluck” is just how Latinos normally eat, and we’ve got it down right. The aerial food photography aesthetic, not so much.

8. Cafecito en la casa

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While it might be a nice treat to take abuela to Starguacs, we are absolutely not paying for someone else to make our coffee. Plus Café Bustelo has a stellar aesthetic. ????

9. Protesting for Equal Rights

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We are insanely busy hustling and trying to survive in this economy. That’s why we make time to protest to demand a $15 minimum wage, freedom from sexual harassment in the workplace, free college and healthcare for all.

Beneath all the glamour, we’re tired of having to hustle this hard to live #debtfree and move up in the world. So we protest, we fight for our futures, and we still look good doing it.

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Street Food Vending And Playing With Fire Are Two Ways To Make Some Extra Cash If You Need Some

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Street Food Vending And Playing With Fire Are Two Ways To Make Some Extra Cash If You Need Some

Side hustles are the lifeline for some of our friends and family. If you think about it hard enough. You will be able to think of someone in your life who makes most of their money from their side hustle. Well, mitú wanted to know more so we went to the streets to talk to people about their various side hustles.

Who knew that fire dancing was something people would consider a side hustle?

So far, “Side Hustle” co-hosts Sasha Merci and David Alvare have explored a few side hustles that were unexpected. There was the luchador who add some comedy to his costume to stand out. There was also the professional cuddler that we still can’t stop thinking about. She makes $120 an hour just cuddling.

Now, Merci and Alvarez are talking with two more entrepreneurs about their own side hustles that will leave some of you speechless. One of them has to do with food and the other has to do with fire.

Luis Jauregui turned his love for food into the food cart known as Jauregui’s Cravings.

“Nobody was really selling this at all,” Jauregui tells Alvarez. “Anywhere that you see this, you’re not going to see a food cart that’s mobile on the sidewalks. I saw that everyone was selling that (tacos and tamales). If you go here, there are like 5 tamaleros selling tamales. On the other street, there’s like two more.”

Jaurgeui adds: “Nobody was supporting me. It was only her since the very beginning. To be honest, I thought she was going to make fun of me or be like, ‘Nah. Don’t worry about. Just go get a job or something.’ But she was like, ‘If that’s your dream and you chase it, just got for it.'”

Andres Trevino is using his courage to play with fire.

“I had gone to this crazy party in the desert,” Trevino explains to Merci. “I was seeing these crazy people and they were spinning fire and I immediately wanted to do it. I walked up to a guy and I asked him if he would teach me. He was like, ‘Here. Play with it. Nobody taught me. Just go on YouTube.’”

Trevino adds: “It’s trial and error. Well, you know, if you play with fire you do get burned. There’s no shocker there. But, you want to take it very seriously. But, yeah. I’ve burned myself a couple of times.”

READ: ‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

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‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

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‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

Side hustles aren’t just limited to freelance writing gigs. There is a vast world of side hustles that can make people a lot of money. Some of them involve art, modeling, and unusual rentals that people would need. That is what the second episode of mitú original series “Side Hustle” is all about.

“That’s not art. That’s you being nude.”

Dorian Wood and Tatyana are young Latinos trying to make it in this wild world in which we live. While some people rely on a regular 9-5 job to make everything work, these two people found a way to take something they like to do and make it profitable.

Wood is using his body to make money and a name for himself with a global audience. His art is something that some people just don’t understand but he is beloved in the art world for his performance art. His nude body is the subject of his work and he has been featured in art shows around the world.

Tatyana is a college student working her way through college like so many others. However, she is taking a different route to pay for her college courses instead of working a retail job. What she has to offer is friendship and it’s paying off.

Wood might be celebrated for his art but his mom has some thoughts.

“I did a show in Madrid and this artist comes up to me after the show and offers to do a mural of me so I just said, ‘Okay. What have I got to lose?’ A few months later he sends me this video of him putting the finishing touches on a four-story mural in Segovia in Spain of me completely naked and my jaw just dropped,” Wood tells co-host David Alvarez. “‘El Gordo’ is what they called the mural. It somehow just triggered something in me. I was like, ‘Oh. Okay. What if I tried art modeling?'”

Wood admits that his friends and family are a little confused by his work. He adds: “They think I’m insane. My mother sees me posing nude and doing nude performance art and she’ll tell me in Spanish like, ‘You know. That’s not art. That’s you being nude.'”

Tatyana loves to make friends and now that makes her some money.

“This is just a way for me to pay for classes,” Tatyana explains to co-host Sahsa Merci. “There was a list of 100 things you could do to make side money and I checked a bunch of them out. The Rent-A-Friend seemed like something I could be good at. So, I started it and I really liked how it was.”

Tatyana says that “it was definitely a little too delicate to talk about at first.” She added. “They know that I enjoy making new friends so for me to get some benefit out of it, also financial help for my school, they were happy about that.”

READ: Cuddling And Wrestling Are Just Two Ways To Make Money On The Side

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