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Reinvent Your Career for the Gig Economy: A Conversation With Dorie Clark

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Podcast: Q&A with Dorie Clark

The Motley Fool reported nearly four in every 10 Americans has a side hustle. Having a side hustle not only increases your take-home income, it can also grow into your dream job opportunity.


“It's a difficult profession to get into, and it seemed like a pipe dream for her to immediately give up her job,” notes Clark.

Over the course of those 10 years as a hairdresser, Fripp slowly invested in herself and her professional development. She began speaking more, at first for free, and then for a little bit of money. By the time her lease was up at the salon, she was earning as much from her speaking as she was from the hairdresser business.


“She was able to shut it down and walk away with no qualms, because she had built the life she wanted for herself,” says Clark.

And that story gets to the root asset people need to have (or develop) if they want to create a side hustle: confidence. People need to feel confident so they can make strategic career moves. Being an entrepreneur is for anybody who’s willing to make the effort and have that confidence, said Clark.


I spoke with Clark—professional speaker, author, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, and TD magazine—about her new book and what it takes to create this side hustle.

Listen to the podcast above to get more of Clark’s advice on shifting your career mindset to a more entrepreneurial style, how to mitigate risk and position yourself to seize more opportunities, and the three steps you need to take to become a thought leader in your field and succeed in the gig economy.

If you are interested in learning more about building multiple income streams and becoming successful in the gig economy, Dorie is offering a free 88-question Entrepreneurial You Self-Assessment to help you think through how to build a portfolio career.

About the Author

Lisa Spinelli is the Senior Content Manager for the Career Development, Talent Management and Finance communities as well as the ATD Job Bank administrator. Prior to joining ATD, Lisa worked as a content strategist, editor, and journalist for over 14 years. She has managed teams, websites, and social media accounts as well as reported and edited articles for places like America's Blood Centers,, Red Herring, the Boston Phoenix and Patch. Some of her works have been published with Fast Company, Huffington Post, Mental Floss, Northern Virginia Magazine, Houston Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press, to name a few. With her diverse and inside knowledge of content development and creation, along with content acquisition, management and marketing, Lisa brings a fresh unique perspective to the role. She resides in Northern Virginia with her three divas and Air Force veteran husband. Follow her on Twitter @atdcareerdev.

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