A native of Los Angeles and a believer that now is the time that women of the 21st century need to nurture their financial futures with side hustles. But also sharing my experiences on the freelance road to freedom and career control.
Last year, I wrote a short eBook sharing five tips I use to market my side hustles. Many people did not and still don’t believe me that Craigslist helped me turn my notary hustle into a part time notary business.
What’s the difference between a side hustle and a part time business (or a business in general)?
A dedicated bank account
A dedicated website, self-hosted
An email address ending in your website domain and not in gmail, yahoo or msn
A separate business phone #
Business cards (yes, business cards still work)
I even had to explain to a woman in my LinkedIn notary group how I’ve been success using Craigslist to market myself because she didn’t believe it either.
I break it down in five simple steps that are not just applicable to notary publics, but anyone who has a service based hustle. It’s not magic and it’s not an overnight gimmick, but it does work. I’m using these tactics to this day, every week.
No, you don’t need a $1,000 to start saving. Five dollars will do just fine. But save. And regularly. Saving is one element of building wealth and creating more income. Saving allows you to create a security net that doesn’t require you to borrow money from family and friends and definitely not a payday loan place.
You become your own ATM. You become your own bank. But in order you need to start saving. And monthly. And yeah, it could be that five dollars you have extra. Put it in the bank. Don’t touch it. Add to it. Keep working. Keeping adding to it. Watch it grow.
And if you, save more. That’s always the goal. The more you save, the more secure you’ll position yourself in case of an emergency. Or… an opportunity.
“As part of the First Women campaign, Jane Walker and IFundWomen have teamed up to help create more opportunities for women to achieve their goals. Through this program, 15 groundbreaking women-owned businesses will be selected across the Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, Journalism and Hospitality industries to receive a $10K grant plus a one-year Annual Coaching Membership on IFundWomen.”
California is offering grants for small business to help them combat the strain and pain of lost business as a result of COVID-19.
The deadline is January 8th, so you still have time to apply. Grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000.
To qualify, your small business and non-profit must not exceed revenue of $2.5 million, hold a certain number of employees, which can also just be you, if you’re an independent contractor and have been in business since June 2019 and plan to re-open again.
If you haven’t heard about it yet, check out ifundwomen.com. This website promotes supporting women and their venture and business ideas and offers a pretty penny of free money to do so. I believe the smallest grant amount they offer is $10,000, but visit the site to double check. I don’t want to mislead anyone.
Speaking of, has anyone heard back from the LISC organization? Where you approve for any of the grants they were offering?
If you haven’t applied yet for a small business grant through LISC as a part of the COVID-19 relief package for small businesses in Los Angeles county, you have until Friday September 4th to do so. They’re offering $5,000, $15,000 and $25,000 grants depending on the size of your small business. Yes, that means you too indie contractors and micro- entrepreneurs!
To say that 2020 has been off the rails, is an underestimate. We’ve been off course — at least, here in the States — since January. And our country has never been more blatantly divided in socio-economic relations, since… well… that’s debateable. And I’m sick and tired of carrying on in arguments explaining my point of view with people who obviously don’t see the world the way I do, but can’t even agree to disagree.
I’m done. I’m sooo done. With the conversation, at least. You either believe we need to fix the broken elements in our country or you don’t. And that’s fine whichever side of the fence you fall on. You’re entitled to your opinion as so am I. What’s not fine? Our money, our jobs, our economy…our hustles.
I am BLESSED that I was able to keep my job after the shut down for California/ Los Angeles. Kept my full salary, my full benefits but the only thing’s that changed is my location. Home. I’m now working from home. And I LOVE it. Wouldn’t trade it for nothing in the world. But… it means other people aren’t working because they’ve lost their jobs, their gigs, their clients, their income source. My happy times are someone else’s worries and stress times.
Maybe you didn’t lose your job, but could be in trouble of being one of those people. Maybe your salary has been reduced. Maybe the clients aren’t flowing in the same frequency. Maybe… we need to reset the year and take back our piece of ownership. Our piece that we were so meticulously carving out for ourselves. F*ck the pandemic. We need to get our lives back on track even while we’re under quarantine. We need to plan ourselves out of the global economic disaster and come out on top.