Some people make all the money they will ever need. Good for them! They worked hard for that success. The rest of us, however, work a job we love but don’t make as much money as we would like. The need for a side hustle could grow out of a goal, such as saving for a house or paying down debt, or it simply could be a way to create a little breathing room in a budget. For me? I’d have to pick all of the above. I’d like more room in the budget, and I’d like to accomplish my goals faster.
Almost every personal finance blogger out there that I know has a side hustle, and I figured it was time I joined in the fun. I already monetize my blog (I’m set to add an additional 4k to my salary my first year as a blogger!) Finding time to maintain and grow the blog has been the most difficult part, how do you people manage to work, side hustle, AND have time for a social life and family?
The opportunity for income growth outside of this site fell into my lap really. I was approached by a friend to do SEO for a design client since I’d been doing so much of it at my day job. It dawned on me in a beautiful instant-I have marketable skills other than my wit and charm!!
So from there my baby side hustle was born. I’ve updated Linkedin and put up a new Hire Me! page in the Navigation panel of this site. I now offer freelance content/writing services, as well as SEO optimization for small businesses and other bloggers. I also threw in blog monetization consulting ……AND can I tell you how excited I am about my first presentation this week? I have my power point ready to go and I can’t wait to spread the good word about financial preparedness to a group of graduating college seniors. I’m hoping to put together a slick presentation package and begin marketing myself as a speaker, if you think I’m love able online, wait till you meet me in person. (I kid, I kid) Seriously though, I already have two more potential engagements for 2013 already!
Of course, none of these things would be possible without networking as all these opportunities came my way via friends or a work/blog acquaintance….so the lesson here is to never underestimate the value of your network, even if you think you aren’t in an industry or career where it might matter.
So what about you? Do you have a side hustle? If not, are you hoping to start one soon?