How I’m Side Hustlin’

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Everyday I’m Hustlin’, Hustlin’

After getting into the wonderful world of personal finance blogging, I discovered side hustling. While I’ve already paid off all my debt, I have been trying to think of ways to help me make more money and save up for my emergency fund, traveling, and purchasing a home. Honestly, before blogging, I’ve never really even thought about the possibility of making an extra income online so thank you PF bloggers!

I started exploring different avenues of making extra income in September. I’ve been at it for almost two months now so I’m still pretty new. I made about $80 in the first month – obviously nothing to write home about but still, better than nothing. October has been much better – I think I’ll end up with around $400 in extra income from my various projects. My numbers are still small but I definitely see the huge potential in making extra money online. Here’s what I’m doing so far:

Freelance Writing

I’ve always enjoyed writing so this seemed like the obvious choice for me. This is where the majority of my $400 came from. I started my search on Elance and initially was really disappointed. While I’m willing to work for cheap as I try to get more experience, some of these jobs were ridiculous. I would practically be working for free, considering the amount of time I would have to put into it. However, after some digging, I found a couple great longer terms jobs on there with decent pay. I also found a couple more projects on jobs boards like ProBlogger and Craigslist. Going forward though, I’d like to focus more on ongoing work and building client relationships, rather than writing one-off blog posts here and there.

Virtual Assistant

While looking for writing work on Elance, ProBlogger, and Craigslist, I also stumbled upon some virtual assistant work. It really is what it sounds like – you’re an assistant to someone online. Most of my tasks relate to data entry, which is fine with me since it’s so easy, but definitely a little more mundane than writing.

Selling All My Crap

I didn’t include this in the total I mentioned above because I’m not really sure if i should count this as “extra income” or “getting back income on useless crap I bought”. I use to be a big shopper, which left me with a lot of stuff (some brand new) that I don’t need, use, or want. Since a lot of my stuff is new or in almost-new condition, I’ve decided to try selling it on Ebay. I’ve actually sold a couple things – like a handbag for $280 (don’t ask me why I bought this in the first place, it was the most useless splurge ever) and a pair of shoes for $50. I have a few more things I’ve listed so I’m hoping someone will take them off my hands.

I’m definitely excited to side hustle some more and see where it takes me. What are some ways that you make extra income? Any advice for this side hustlin’ newbie?

Comments

  1. says

    You’re doing great! It took me quite a few months to make it to $400 in freelance writing income. Sounds like you’ll increase your side hustles pretty quickly.

  2. says

    Wow, that’s pretty awesome…$400 is not bad for side hustle income especially since you just started. I’m sure it’ll increase. The only thing I’ve done is sell a few things on Amazon…I ran out of things to sell but my neighbors throw out books in great condition (and some expensive ones like Bar test prep books) that I sold for a good amount. Pretty cool since I got them for free.

  3. says

    Connie, every big story starts small. Think of it you have grown from $80 last month to almost $400 this month. If you stay focused you can only keep growing from here. If you are looking to guest post, get in touch with me.

    • Connie @ Savvy With Saving says

      Thanks so much Lucy! It is a big jump…I’m excited to see how much I can do next month. And thanks for the offer, I just might be emailing you soon! đŸ™‚

  4. says

    I love side hustling. One thing that I really need to do is sell some clothing from both of our closets. There are so many things that we do not wear that I know I could make some money from! We also recently sold tons of movies and made almost $70.

    • Connie @ Savvy With Saving says

      I have so many DVDs that I’ve probably watched only one or twice, I haven’t tried selling them but that’s a great idea!

    • Connie @ Savvy With Saving says

      Seriously, some of these jobs on Elance are so competitive because there are so many people willing to write for a couple bucks.

  5. says

    That is great, $400 is nothing to sneeze at. I am a huge eBay seller and always on the lookout for stuff to sell. I typically make 1-2k a year doing that. Mainly stuff the kids have outgrown and stuff I find at thrift stores. Hope it keeps getting better for you!

    • Connie @ Savvy With Saving says

      Thanks!
      I’ve had a lot of luck selling on ebay too! Definitely going to try this some more.

    • Connie @ Savvy With Saving says

      You’ll be there in no time! I haven’t had any luck with my hire me tab yet but maybe I need to redo it.

  6. says

    I was shocked at the low rates on Elance as well. For me the best way to find extra gigs is to ask around, to your friends and family. I painted my mum’s place, baby sitted my cousins, did translations for friends, gave piano lessons to neighbors etc. people who look locally for an extra hand are more likely to hire you.

  7. says

    I’m fascinated by the virtual assistant gig. That’s so interesting and although it’s mundane it seems to be a controllable amount of side work right? I’m just guessing but if it’s job by job that’s something I’m totally interested in. We’re big on the ‘selling all your crap’ the more we do it the more released we feel from our stuff.

    • Connie @ Savvy With Saving says

      Yes, it’s definitely controllable! The client I work with understands that I have a full time job so I’m know always going to get work done immediately, which is fine with him.

  8. says

    $400 is a great start! I’ve been doing freelance for a few years and its been good for having a little extra money. I’ve never been really dedicated to it, so I don’t make as much as others. I’m currently working on selling things that I don’t need. If only I could find more buyers.

    • Connie @ Savvy With Saving says

      Thanks! Having a little extra money is definitely nice. I’m hoping to ramp it up a little.

  9. says

    Congrats on the side hustling! I love having multiple streams of income and various side hustles. It’s amazing the different ways you can make money if you just look for it and put yourself out there.

  10. says

    You are off to a great start with $400, having a side income is awesome it can really offset your monthly expenses and provide a way for you to put more money in savings, it’s awesome how much money you can make online if you allow the creative part of your brain to kick into high gear. All the best

    • Connie @ Savvy With Saving says

      I think Elance and ODesk is a good way to get started. The pay might not be great in the beginning (however don’t settle for too low!) but once you get some experience, you can charge more.

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