Your job, your employer, your boss is only providing you one income stream. Just one.
You cannot build wealth with one income stream. You cannot build financial security with one income stream. You can no longer retire as comfortably (or at all) as you would like with one income stream.
Yes, you can hustle at your job. Get that employee of the month award. Get that promotion and raise. Just make sure when you come home you’re writing, or blogging or building your YouTube brand. Maybe you’re into website building, graphic design, or preparing taxes. Just don’t sleep on yourself. You’re worth more than any W-4.
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.
Just… happy Friday. It seems sometimes we make happiness the be all to end with life events to measure by and big gestures so the whole world knows we’re happy. But, that’s hardly ever the case.
Within a day of one another, two people I consider to be part of my tribe shared with me the personal struggles they’ve been battling in aiming to reach their goals. Family troubles, money troubles, just all of it has been weighing on their hearts and mind. So much so they’ve felt consumed by those thoughts of late.
Not much I could do but remind them to find the things that make them happy that involves no one else but themselves and no money. Just… happy things.
Today, I hope you all do the same. The hustle can feel like a rat race in itself. So find time and things that bring you joy and make you happy.
I wanted to try something different in July and moving forward. I wanted to really start highlighting hustling ladies and their ventures to better give them their due justice. This is such a great time to be a woman on the move and I really want to help capture what myself and other hustling ladies are doing so I am including posts that focus on supporting women and their hustles titled: She Supports.
And I hope you dont mind that I’m kicking this off with obviously supporting myself. After all, if I don’t support me, who else will.
Last month, which was only a few days ago, I released my second self published book, but it’s my first book that I felt I put a lot into when crafting the content. It’s titled:
The Single Woman’s Guide to Side Hustling
A piece of work I am very proud of and proud to be sharing with the world. I’ve had a lot of positive influences and people who contribute to keeping me smiling and mentally in the zone, so I thank them all for their energy, as that too went into the book.
Please support my book by making a purchase. My goal is to get this book in 200 hands by the end of the year. In the book, I really talk and share how I got started side hustling, what have been my tricks and tips and even secret sauce, so to speak. And in the book, it encourages other women to take up side hustles as well. I’d like for honest feedback and opinions. And if you’re willing, even have an open dialogue about the freelance and gig work space.
Hope to hear back from you and what your thoughts were!
“Creativity” is one of those artisans words that when people hear, they either believe they’re creative or they believe they’re not. Some years ago, I had a film prop creator tell me that everyone’s creative. Whether they tap into their creativity is another thing. And I believe that to this day. We all possess creativity, some more than others, but the raw talent or skill is there. And when and how we use it depends on us.
And there’s no better evidence of this than in a startup CEO and someone who has a side hustle. And there’s no better way to push yourself to see what your creativity looks like than when your livelihood is on the line.
Now, as a side hustler, you may not feel exactly like your livelihood is on the line, but depending how closely you’re living paycheck to paycheck, it can just about feel that way. So being creative with what you have and how you use it is no different than creating a masterpiece that will hang on a wall in someone’s home. It just looks different and serves a different purpose.
Take the picture above of the person who taped their business cards around a traffic light pole. Most people hand out their business cards or leave them in an office with high foot traffic. “Normal” ways, right? This person chose an alternative, creative way of getting their business cards out with the resources they had.
And that’s it. That’s what it means to be creative. Working with the medium you have or that’s been provided, you can be more creative with your side hustle or future endeavors than you ever imagined. You already have all the creativity you need to get started right now.
I was up until 11:30pm last night sorting our recyclables. And by the time I got to bag 20 (from a small bag I sorted plastics and bottles into a larger bag, reducing the amount of bags we have), I was over it. Not the sorting. The recycling. Yes, recycling is good for the environment; it reduces our footprint on our limited natural resources, it provides us with more post consumer materials to use rather than create new materials. And of course, there’s coinage in the mix. It’s why I’ve made it one of my side hustles since last year.
But, it’s not fun. Not at all. My mom works at night (while she continues to look for full time work) so she collects the bottles qnd cans and I sort them. But I’m sorting other people’s bottles… and leftovers…and DNA. Ugh. Recycling is practically gross when you think about it. But a true side hustle isn’t going to be pretty, at least not all the time. It may not be as dirty and messy (you should see my kitchen floor in the process) as recycling, but there is still the nitty gritty of it all. Rolling up your sleeves and diving right in.
I think that part needs to be shared more often. The hard work part needs to be emphasized, but if you ever want to turn your hustle a business and have it sustain your ideal lifestyle, it’s going be everything but cute. And if you’re serious about earning extra money, sometimes it means partaking in activities that aren’t the prettiest.
I’m a personal believer that if you want to succeed, accomplish or tackle anything in life, you gotta start somewhere. And oftentimes, “somewhere” is a small, tiny place only you can see. Believe you me, I know. But starting small doesn’t mean you have to stay there. It’s just a place you gain experience, you get familiar, to better understand and even to be inspired from.
I’m going to be sharing some links and information in the coming weeks I think a hesitant but in the making hustler can dip their toes in a s see if they like the water. After all, I hope you’re reading my site because you’re interested in earning extra money you can be in control over.
For those of you skeptics who are curious if you can (some kind of) money online, try CoinOut:
It’s like the Ibotta app, although every receipt earns money back. Not a lot and not all at once, but it’s something. And when you’ve reached a $20 threshold, you can transfer the funds to your bank or open on online savings account with HSBC with a 2.23% interest rate. Just sayin’.
Big goals aren’t always accomplished they way you imagined. So take a chance and try something different.
Sitting here with Federico working in his website for his busineds: Serrao Cabinets. This project I’ve been working slowly on because I am on his schedule. Which, I like. I use to rush clients because I needed to get paid because I had such a horrible job – ICT – but not anymore.
Now, I take my time, I go at my client’s pace. Sometimes I go a little slower, but no need to rush. Because I make sure I have a manageable rotation of clients to keep me busy and paid.
There is a niche and market for just about everything out there. No joke. Above is an email message I just received from a long time real estate client of mine asking about some anniversary cards she and I worked together on for her clients. “Anniversary Cards”? I’ve been working with Dorit and her husband for over five years as one of my side hustles. I first started out providing administrative work for them on Saturdays while I was working full time and that morphed into some marketing work, which I love ten times more.
The anniversary cards she’s asking about is a marketing tool she/we’ve been using for the last couple of years as a top-of-mind direct mail tactic. It keeps her current clients returning to her and her husband for real estate services but also as the first name her clients think of when they want to refer other clients to her.
What’s my role in the process? I create the content for each of these anniversary cards or any marketing material we mail to her clients and I hand write them… all. Because nothing is more personal than a hand-written note these days. People are more likely to read them and respond them. And seems to work for her and her husband’s real estate business.
I will admit, I don’t always enjoy the hand written part of this task, but it’s all in a day’s hustle.
I responded back letting her know when she should have received them and if she can’t find them, to let me know so I can recreate them. How do I get paid? Venmo. We use to meet up and I woudl get paid cash or by check. But this works too.