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:
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.
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?