Side Projects are a trade off. In exchange for more work (effort), less free time (time), and increased daily tasks (pressure) the return is increased production of results (pressure), more developed skills (time), and become more attractive to higher salary positions (effort).
Personally, side projects use to be fun things to try new stuff or ideas. After a decade of almost nothing but web-dev, IT, ops, etc. I just want to go outside on my not work hours.
try new stuff or ideas
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