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The Full Story of 

Side Hustlers

Welcome to Side Hustle Honors, where we celebrate the intersection of passion, perseverance, and entrepreneurship. Founded in 2015, Side Hustle Honors® has quickly evolved from a visionary concept into a dynamic force that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit across the U.S.!

Our mission was clear from the start: to recognize and applaud those who masterfully juggle full-time responsibilities with their entrepreneurial endeavors. The inaugural awards ceremony in St. Louis in 2018 was just the beginning of what has become an exponential growth story. Since then, we've honored over 100 deserving entrepreneurs across various categories, fostering a vibrant community that extends well beyond our ceremonies.



Side Hustler Honors celebrate and elevate the achievements of side hustlers who balance their passions with their professions, acknowledging the hard work, creativity, and resilience it takes to manage an additional gig alongside primary responsibilities. By providing a platform for recognition, networking, and growth, we aim to inspire current and future generations of side hustlers to pursue their dreams with vigor and vision. Through annual awards, educational resources, and a supportive community, Side Hustler Honors commits to being the catalyst that propels side hustlers towards greater achievements and recognition, validating the sacrifice and hustle required to make a meaningful difference in their lives and the broader community.


We envision a world where passion meets perseverance, transforming the art of the hustle into a celebrated journey. We aim to be the foremost platform that honors the dedication and sacrifice of side hustlers, recognizing those who not only strive to enhance their lives but also make a significant impact on the lives of others. Our vision is to shine a light on the relentless pursuit of excellence, innovation, and the spirit of entrepreneurship that side hustlers embody, making Side Hustler Honors the ultimate beacon of recognition for the unsung heroes of our economy.

Hands Up

Over 80 Million

We acknowledge the resilience, innovation, and sheer hustle of today's side hustlers. We're dedicated to promoting and celebrating the dynamic culture of side hustling, recognizing the hard work and creativity of individuals who redefine the boundaries between careers and passions. Our platform offers a space for side hustlers from various industries to share their journeys, challenges, and successes.


It's about celebrating those brave enough to follow their passion, innovate, and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. As we honor the achievements of these dynamic individuals, we pave the way for the next generation of hustlers, fueling a culture of innovation and tenacity.

Join us in honoring the journey, the struggle, and the triumphs of side hustlers everywhere—a community that stands as the true winners in the evolving narrative of work and success.

Rich History of the Hustle

The term "side hustle" itself carries a rich and evolving history. Initially used in the late 17th century to describe forceful action or persuasion, "hustle" evolved over centuries to embody vigorous activity and, later, entrepreneurial work.


The mid-20th century saw "hustle" embraced by jazz musicians and the African American community as a means of making a living or surviving under challenging circumstances. By the late 20th century, the phrase "side hustle" emerged, capturing the essence of secondary occupations undertaken alongside primary responsibilities.


In today's gig economy and entrepreneurial culture, side hustles are more than just a means to earn extra income. They represent the pursuit of passions, the development of new skills, and often, the birth of successful full-time ventures.


Side hustles contribute to economic diversity, promote entrepreneurship, and encourage innovative thinking. They've become incubators for ideas that transform into impactful businesses, shaping the future of work and business.

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