Side projects liberate you

No matter what your goal – learning a new technology, making some money, achieving something in an area you care about – side projects are liberating. In an era where we are all increasingly obligated to do what other people want (who else is going to deliver work projects, pay the bills, do the school run, and generally make sure the wheels don't fly off?) side projects are a chance to do something just for yourself. They give you agency, self-belief and happiness.

Side projects help your employer

A technical side project also helps your employer. Here's a list of what they get out of it: share it with them to encourage them to support you in your efforts.