Adele in Concert

Even Adele’s got a side-hustle

As well as being one of the UK’s biggest selling artists, Adele also sells pompoms on Etsy

Adele’s tour is coming to an end on Sunday night, but she won’t be left without anything to do.

“I’ve got a new hobby,” she told a sell out crowd at Wembley. “I have a new hobby making pom poms. I’m quite good at it! I am such a natural – I made a real cat on purpose.”

Full disclosure: we’re not sure what ‘making a real cat on purpose’ actually means. But hey, if Adele made it – we’ll buy it. Which is good, because she said she’s planning to sell her creations on Etsy.

Just another millennial side-hustle



Ok, so Adele might not just be doing it for the extra cash – she’s one of the highest earning artists in the UK, ever.

For most 'side-hustlers' it’s a matter of financial stability – a little bit of extra income when you're dealing with the familiar millennial problems of lack of job security, income, or chances of buying a home.

Having a source of income outside of your day job – whether that’s teaching yoga, making flower crowns at festivals, or just selling your old clothes on eBay – is pretty much the norm for lots of young people. In fact, a HuffPo article called millennials the “side-hustle” generation (just add it to Generation X, Generation Rent, the Selfie Generation, the Snowflake Generation... we’re digressing).

But for lots of people, it’s also about having a creative outlet – if you’re stressed out, working long hours, or just looking for a way to chill, taking up pottery or something could help. It’s a bit like that coloring book trend – but with pompoms.

A 2014 study said that actually, doing something creative on the side could make people better at their actual jobs. It gives them a chance to recover from work, and could develop transferrable skills like problem solving. Not that Adele needs any help with her day job – most people think she’s pretty good already.

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  • WhereAreTheVikings

    What a terrible, terrible shame. Western Civilization nurtured capitalism, and now capitalism is destroying it. And these young people seem to welcome the invasion of their homeland. The media and schools have been very efficient in wiping out all traces of blood and soil.

    • prollawalllynotahumanoid

      Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s corrupt politicians taking bribes and kickbacks from Globalists and the Chinese.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        Maybe I should have said crony capitalism. Although Italians importing Chinese to make “Italian leather” shoes is not crony capitalism. It is capitalism, pure and simple.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          That would be crony capitalism and globalism combined. They aren’t concerned with the affect their policies have upon their citizens, the health and welfare of their society and culture or their economy. What it isn’t is fair-free trade to further national interests.

          • WhereAreTheVikings

            I’ve always seen them as one and the same, but perhaps they need to be named individually, just to bring home the point.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        But now that travel is so easy and borders are virtually down through H1bs and the like, theoretically you can’t blame capitalists for the pursuit of cheaper labor, although I do heartily blame them not being more patriotic than that. Perhaps the emerging nationalism will force them to voluntarily do what they should have morally been doing all along, and that is employing business practices that preserve their countries and nationalities. The government should be doing everything it can to encourage that, to the extent that small government should do anything but guard the borders and strictly, drastically, limit immigration.

      • Henry Lam

        It is China with its corrupted mindset affecting the world.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          No it is not. Capitalism is the fairest and least corrupt system of all.

          Socialism and communism is based on authoritarianism, coercion and police intimidation. It has and always will be rife with criminality, bribes and kickbacks.

          Corruption can be anywhere but it is the very basis of socialism and communism.

    • Henry Lam

      The government is too weak. They do not understand the mindset of communists and how they educate their people. Those communist people are only loyal to their country and could be dangerous. The immigration law should only accept those who accepted multiculturalism and taught from a democratic education system. This virus events clearly has shown how stupid to take China as a friend.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        The government is not too weak. Just weak-minded about some things.

  • Gabi Rodrigues

    For how many days can a country maximum close their borders to foreigners maximum? Like now, with the virus, everyone is using 30 days. Can it be more?