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?
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