Signal Cleveland Economics Reporter Olivera Perkins goes on the record to share the mission behind her worker-focused reporting in Cleveland. The way Clevelanders make money fascinates Perkins — it’s the ground level of any economic story.

In the Side Hustle series, Perkins highlights Cleveland workers with second jobs and explores the motivations and passions behind these Side Hustles. Some of our Side Hustle videos feature people who are following their dreams, while other side hustles may just be a second job because the worker needs to make more money.

Watch Olivera Perkins explain her approach to community journalism

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Most of us spend so much time at work that it shapes who we are. There’s always a story there.

Olivera Perkins

A message from Olivera

I’m Olivera Perkins, the economics reporter here at Signal Cleveland. I interpret my mission at Signal to include getting to the ground level of economic issues.

Side Hustle is a continuing series here at Signal Cleveland where we check in with people who have second jobs. I came up with Side Hustle because I have covered the world of work for a long time. People have passion about their work — even if you are striving for a better job.

Season two of Side Hustle will be like season one in that we try to hear from a diversity of voices. We love stories about people who have a passion and are fulfilling it. But we also want to know people who are holding more than one job because they have to.

Side Hustle isn’t just an individual story — its the story of Cleveland.

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