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Pandemic Side Hustles and New Businesses

Have you taken additional side jobs? Started freelancing? Or turned a passion into a small business during COVID? Today, we discuss side hustles and new careers that have sprung from the pandemic.

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COVID-19 has prompted many people to search for somewhat unconventional sources of income.

New businesses have been created at a record-breaking pace. And hobbies have turned into money-making opportunities.

During the past two years, have you taken additional side jobs, or turned a passion into a small business?

Did you do it because you needed the money?

Or was it because the pandemic made you reevaluate your life and realize that you needed to chase your dreams?

Today, local business experts discuss pandemic side-hustles and their impact on the economy, the workforce, and personal fulfillment.

Plus, listeners call in to share their personal stories of launching new businesses and following their passions during the pandemic.

Guests:

Carol Guess

Timothy Jeffcoat

Houston Public Media does not condone or endorse any of the businesses mentioned on this episode of Town Square.

Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk.

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