Trying to find a side hustle

I was recently offered an ongoing position at my job until December. With this came a slight pay increase which was a huge relief. Having made minimum wage my entire life, a slight reprieve from financial terror is enough to make me want to cry. While I’m pretty good with my money, I am planning a trip to the United States to be inside Disneyland on my birthday. That’s going to cost money I’ve never had. So, despite the slight pay increase, I’m looking for a side hustle. A job I can do in the evenings or on the weekends to earn a little bit extra every now and then.

Looking for a job I can do in my spare time seems crazy. I work 5 days a week, try to go to the gym most mornings and I’m usually in bed by 8:30 every night. Where would I even find time for a side hustle? What would I even be able to do? While I miss making coffee, most places don’t want or need a one day a week barista. And I know that despite being a bartender for years, I can no longer do the graveyard shifts. So what do I do?

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I’ve been looking in to the possibility of freelance writing. It’s something I love, something I can take with me out of the office or out of my home, and it’s something that I would more than likely find fulfilling. I just don’t know how to get in to it. I’ve started reading articles. I’ve signed up to Airtasker and peruse while on my daily commute. I’ve even looked on job listing websites. I though about joining pay-for-jobs websites, but where would I get the money for those exorbitant fees? If you have any ideas, or you have things that need being written for you, I have a lot of experience in various forms of writing.

Looking for a side hustle is a source of contention within myself. Am I that driven by money? Do I really need a side hustle? is it worth it? Since trying to reduce my impact on the planet and trying to live a life full of meaning instead of things (hello Minimalism) I’m not 100% sold on the idea that I do in fact need a side hustle. But then again to be able to pay my bills, buy groceries, and travel/explore the world, I do actually need money. More money than I have right now.

Given that my job is only until December, and I’ll be on holiday for half of December, this leaves a bit of anxiety regarding what to do around finances, jobs, and decisions. I’m not postponing my trip – I’ve spent 26 years of not completely enjoying myself because of anxiety. I can’t quit my current job because I love it and the people, plus I have a 3 week holiday booked at peak time for most other companies. So I don’t know. I’m meditating on/ignoring the problem and taking it day by day. For now, I think I’ll keep looking for a side hustle that can earn me a little bit of extra cash to act as a buffer.

If you have any advice or ideas on how to get in to freelance writing, please send me an email or comment below. If you want to suggest other side hustles, by all means, I’m all ears! Tell me about your experiences in side-hustling, too!

Until next time, stay silly xx


9 thoughts on “Trying to find a side hustle

  1. I’ve made my life as a freelance writer off and on for 20 years and plan on doing it the rest of my life at this point. The current clients I have came from what were going to be one-off jobs on Guru.com and grew into other things. I think they give you like 10 free bids per month. It’s the only freelance site I’ve used the last seven or eight years. You can also try simply typing in “Write for Us” in Google and you’ll get a million (probably more) hits. The most important thing is simply to get a couple things written with your name on them at first…doesn’t matter what and it doesn’t matter if you don’t make a dime. You need clips to show people. And then just hustle and pound the pavement (of the Internet). There’s plenty of work out there provided you’re not holding out for New York Times level stuff and understand writing as a career isn’t always about writing what you like. In fact, it rarely is.

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    1. Wow! That’s a lot of extremely helpful information, so thank you for reading and sharing!
      I’ll have to try out Guru. I looked in to Cortena, but their fees are astronomical. Do you have any suggestions on how to get my name on things, paid or otherwise? I’m clearly very new to this and love as much information and feedback as possible, so thanks again for commenting!

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      1. Do not self-publish a book. It is so much quicker to just burn your money.
        You shouldn’t have to pay fees to apply for jobs. Odds are, the jobs you see on any site you pay big money for are posted elsewhere in this world. It’s like paying for porn online. If you have to do that, you’re doing it wrong.
        It really is about the hustling and always looking for opportunities. Finding one-time clients is a little easier than ongoing, but those develop over time. The scary thing is when they no longer need your services because you’ve got to replace them. Right now, I have three steady clients. Clients A and B used to both be worth 45% of my overall income each and then I did another 5% with Client C and picked up another 5% in odd jobs. Client A went through some severe business pains in late 2017, and while they are getting back on their feet, they fell to 1/10th of what I was making off them…so essentially 40% of my income disappeared. That’s just par for the course. It’s a constant hustle and it’s always looking for work. But, if you do it full time and love/like it, the hours are great because you make them, you live your life exactly as you want and you are your own boss.
        I don’t know where you’re from, but most town/cities have 101 free little newspapers at the exit of the supermarket. Pick those up and pitch yourself as a writer to them who will work for nothing. You just want the experience. They’ll probably find something for you because the price is right. Once you get four or five clips from them, you can apply at any real magazine. People are always going to want to see what you’ve written. When I ran a magazine seven or eight years ago, I’d interview a homeless person who had work to show me before I’d interview a Harvard grad who just claimed to be a good writer.
        If you have friends who have jobs at places that have website or blogs, ask about who creates their content. There’s a huge world of writing blogs for people out there. Be careful because there are foreign clearing houses that will try to get you to work for $5/hour. Ignore them. You don’t get your name on this stuff, but it is a line for your resume to prove you have experience.
        And then, like I said, hustle. I made more money for less work a while back when I was writing clickbait….you know, those lists and quizzes that spam Facebook. That industry has taken a hit lately, but I did it because I had to establish a pseudonym and honestly, some months, the money was insane. You’re not too good for any job, especially right now. There are other places than Guru to find freelance jobs online like writejobs.info that you can find with a little digging. Try the “write for us” in a search engine tip. It’ll keep you busy for days.

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  2. Self-publish a book! Teach english (online option). Shebah driving (or Uber, whatevs). Babysitting. You’d be great at any of those 🙂

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