Millennials get a bad rap when it comes to their nontraditional ideas of what a job should look like. They want to be their own bosses, and they want flexible hours and creative work, even if that means looking outside the cubicle. It’s easy to write them off as an impatient bunch seeking the next best thing, but these behaviors aren’t always out of want.
While it’s true that some millennials seek unconventional full-time jobs based on creative desire, others find themselves in out-of-the-box side gigs for extra cash. And sometimes these side gigs morph into successful businesses that allow millennials to quit their 9-to-5 jobs.
Jennifer Deal and Alec Levenson, co-authors of the upcoming book “What Millennials Want From Work: How to Maximize Engagement in Today’s Workforce,” found in their interviews of 25,000 millennials across the world that they actually do want stability in their jobs as a result of weathering the recession. Millennials have deep concerns about money — paying student loan debt and saving for retirement, to name 2 — and sometimes take side gigs in addition to their office jobs as a way to build financial security.
To be sure, the invention of phone apps and social media sites makes jobs outside of the cubicle more and more of a possibility. Here’s a look at 5 unconventional jobs millennials are taking.