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mitú’s ‘Side Hustle’ Is Showing Everyone What Amazing And Unique Jobs Are Out There For Some Extra Cash

The gig economy has done one thing: created an industry of side hustles. The regular 9 to 5 work system is something that is just not feasible for so many of us. With no guarantee for health insurance or child care or college, some people have to take side jobs to make enough money to make ends meet. mitú brought some of these people together to show the world what side hustles are bringing money to our community.

“Side Hustle” hosts David Alvarez and Sasha Merci talk with people who are in all kinds of unique and unexpected side hustles to bring in some extra cash. Let’s face it. Who doesn’t want to find a way to make some extra cash without picking up another office or restrictive job?

The gig economy, or freelance workforce, is something that might seem to be all-encompassing and growing quickly. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 percent of the American workforce makes most of their income from the gig economy. While it is a way for some of the population to make the necessary money to make ends meet, the current pandemic has highlighted the pitfalls of that line of work. For many, there is no guaranteed unemployment benefits and no healthcare policies provided by employers.

Latinos have made huge strides when it comes to overcoming poverty and wage gaps compared to their counterparts. Currently, the unemployment rate for Latinos in the U.S. is at a record low (before the COVID-19 pandemic that is). Unemployment rates are determined by figuring out the number of unemployed people in the population, however, there are a lot of variables. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployed people are people who do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work. It does not include people who are retired or in school as they are not employed and are not looking for employment. This cuts out a large swath of the population from unemployment statistics.

In a time when people are more aware of gig economy workers, mitú is releasing “Side Hustle” to give everyone more understanding. Some times, the jobs you find in an office are just not enough to keep you happy. There is something special about finding something you truly love and can make money off of. Watch “Side Hustle” starting May 8 and learn all about some of the best and most unique side hustles around.

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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

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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.”

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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

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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.”

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