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Side Hustles

I have been thinking about side hustles.  If I can generate an extra $500 to $1,000 a month for the next 12-18 months, I will make sizable dent in my debt very quickly.  Here are my ideas:

  • Baby-sitting:  I was reading a memoir by Alyssa Mastromonaco “Who Thought This Was a Good Idea”.  Great book, by the way.  She was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Pres. Obama.  Anyway, she had a quick section about her experiences with her personal finance and she baby-sat in her early years in DC.   A bell went off in my head when I read that.  When I move, I’ll be in a large building in an urban setting so lots of potential customers for both baby-sitting and pet-sitting.  I could get paid to watch Netflix.  OK, OK, as a parent of two I know it’s more work than sitting on the couch, but hey, no overhead, no commute, cash plus I’ll meet neighbors.  It’s worth investigating when I get settled this Fall.  The going rates for baby & pet-sitting are between $15-$20/hour so I could hit my side hustle goals easily once I get rolling.
  • Content writing:  I did a lot of writing in my old profession plus I write here plus I still write some at the new job.  Why not take that damn journalism degree I have and put it to use with some content writing as a side hustle?  My old coach is interested as well as some former colleagues.  I met a graphic designer at my new job who does graphic design on the side as her hustle and she could help with that side of things if needed.  We had lunch and discussed this.  Very viable.  More to come on that.

I am reading the book, Meet the Frugalwoods.  Fascinating read about two Millennials who are frugal to the extreme.  She let her husband cut her hair for goodness sake.  I have limits and that is definitely crossing one of mine.  Anyway, she talked about bartering as part of her frugality.  She did it with her ultra-expensive yoga classes.  That got my mind spinning along those lines.  Very interesting.  More to come….

Do any of you have side hustles?  What are they, if you don’t mind sharing?  How much to do you earn monthly or annually?  Any insight is always appreciated!


Future client/victim?  Just my luck….  Photo by Arwan Sutanto on Unsplash

Comments on: "Side Hustles" (9)

  1. Several years ago, some friends and I bought Groupons for a class in making fused glass jewelry. It was a fun day — and a few days later I went back to pick up my pieces and was flabbergasted at how beautiful they were! I was hooked. I found a shop in town that sold the glass and supplies and even rented kiln space. I started by making jewelry for myself and as gifts for friends and family. Then I decided I would try selling my wares at a couple of craft shows my employer sponsors every Christmas. Success! Now I do it every year and usually make about $1500…just in time for Christmas present buying. For a long time, I had a freelance job writing abstracts on scholarly articles…but that dried up about three years ago. It broke my heart, because that was like another paycheck each month and I could do it anywhere. And then a few years ago, after my kids all moved out and my husband left me, I decided to rent out the spare rooms with AirBnB. I don’t make a fortune, but it’s enough to pay for the majority of a trip to Europe I take every 2-3 years. Plus, I meet the nicest, most interesting people. I was really nervous about it, because I’m pretty much an introvert and I wasn’t sure I wanted strangers in my home, but after my first experience, I had no worries. I’m still in touch with some of my guests because we became friends. Granted, I’ve had a couple of people who preferred to keep to themselves (which I don’t mind) and one woman who was quite odd, but overall, I’d recommend it if you have extra room.

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  2. You can teach English online by googling without being certified or having a masters in the field. Supposedly, all you need to do is be tech savvy ( a little) and be good with children and some are for adults. I have never had much luck with these platforms but I do have a friend, who works for VIPKid and will never return to the public schools. It is worth a try and you just need a BS in something! It sounds like you have this.

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  3. I don’t know which state you are located but I see lots of part time jobs online or in person. Sales is a good one if you like people and persuasion and security guard can be interesting. There is actually a lot out there depending on your hours and adaptability! Good luck.

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