I already have a well paying job, double uyghur. Shit is expensive as fuck. If I can set up a stream of money I can save more in case I get fired or quit my current job I don't really like. If I can make small amounts of cash with a side gig, I could sustain myself for longer while being formally unemployed, which might mean I might make enough from the dole + side job income. I also have expenses in the horizon which means I wouldn't struggle so much to pay them, or pay them off quickly.
My current job is a computer job. Everything I make is digital. It is incredibly alienating. I yearn to be closer to the process of production too. Be it cooking, carpentry, or even an online business. Right now I just submit code in an ocean of code that is not even used, and nobody really likes anyways.
I have a friend that's been in all sorts of side gigs. He did a fragrance side job, for example. But it seems to me that all those side jobs are basically mostly sustained by friends making solidarity purchases.