The List of Physician Side Hustles

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physician side hustlesPlease note that this is a growing list as I come across new ideas and receive submissions as well. So check back often and feel free to submit your own ideas down below. If you’d like to talk about these topics in near real-time, feel free to join the FB group Physician Side Gigs which I help moderate.

With the ever changing state of medicine, the increasing burden of student loan debt, and
the dissatisfaction and burnout that comes along with all of it, physicians seem to be searching for alternatives or other ways to make income. Perhaps it’s to supplement / replace their current incomes or perhaps it’s a way to transition out of medicine altogether. Either way, the notion of the “side hustle” seems to be growing in acceptance amongst the physician community.

To qualify as a side hustle, it must be something that you can initially start while continuing your day job as a physician.

Why even have a side hustle?

  • Hedge against changes in medicine or your current job.
  • Increases your bottom line to help you achieve financial independence quicker.
  • Maybe it’s just something you’re passionate about and enjoy doing.

Is it worth it?

At the end of the day, that’s a personal decision. You have to figure out whether it’s worth it to you after answering the following questions amongst many others:

  • How much can you make?
  • What’s your time worth? Should you just work more at your current day job?
  • Is it something that you’re interested in?

Ultimately I believe that side hustles start with having the right attitude. Your success will be predicated on your drive & determination, which, if you’ve made it this far in your medical career, you already have plenty of.

Without further ado, here’s my growing List of Physician Side Hustles (with some examples, ex, of doctors doing those very things):


Nonclinical, But Using Your Medical Degree

Clinical

Education

Real Estate

Businesses

Online Businesses

Patent / Invention

Investing in Companies

Stock Market

  • Invest in the stock market
  • Day Trade

Writing

  • Medical Writing – SEAK
  • CME content writer
  • Medical Journal Editor

Traditional Media / Online Media / Social Media

Speaking

  • Pharmaceutical industry lecturer
  • Paid guest lecturer at conferences

Aesthetics

Transportation

  • Drive Uber or Lyft (Believe it or not, I’ve actually heard of some docs doing this.)
  • Rent out ad space on car – Wrapify
  • Rent out your car – Turo

Coaching

Lending

Freelancing

Others

  • Teach Yoga / Pilates
  • Photography

Any that you’d like to add to the list – your own, your colleague’s, etc? Feel free to share below, message me, or join the discussion on a FB group I help moderate – Physician Side Gigs. Thanks!

22 COMMENTS

  1. That’s quite the list! With so many links, even — thank you for including my “side hustle.”

    I would add locum tenens work to clinical. I’ve done locums between jobs and on “vacation” weeks to turbocharge my debt paydown timeline.

    While more clinical work is usually more lucrative than most side hustles, most of us are interested in working fewer clinical hours, not more. Many of these non-clinical income-generating activities are fun and / or interesting in ways that our day / night jobs are not. So you get income diversification and skills diversification.

    Cheers!
    -PoF

    • Yes, doing locums is a great side hustle, so obvious it escaped the list. It’s on there now, thanks!

      I think people also value the flexibility that comes with some of these side hustles – do it when you want so you can focus on things you value more, like spending time with your family. Thanks for the input.

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