Meghan Markle may be on the brink of becoming royalty, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t had to hustle at one time or another.
According to People magazine, back in 2004, the royal bride-to-be taught calligraphy, gift-wrapping and book-binding at the Paper Source in Los Angeles.
“It was her part-time job as she was going through auditions,” Paper Source CEO, Winnie Park told People. “She taught calligraphy and hosted a group of customers and instructed them during a two-hour class on how to do calligraphy.”
Her side hustle wasn’t limited to working a store, she also did freelance calligraphy, and even wrote the invitations for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s 2005 wedding.
Of course, the rest of Markle’s trajectory is history: She landed a starring role in a TV show in 2011 and met Prince Harry on a blind date in 2016. And, as of tomorrow, she’ll officially be a member of the royal family.
If anything, it just goes to show the power of the side hustle to set you on a path towards bigger things. And there’s no shame in it, 40% of millennial women report that they have a side gig going to bring in some extra cash.
We are pretty big fans of the side hustle at The Money Manual, whether that means earning money in your spare time online, driving a Lyft, or even earning money for watching movie trailers (yes, it’s actually a thing).