Side-Hustle

First - I wonder why there isn't an "Income" category in the forums. I mean, one way to make your budgeting easier is to generate more income! That can come in a raise, or investing in education, or starting your own business. Lots of options!

Speaking of starting your own business....I'd love to start a conversation with all the side-hustlers out there. 

Who's got a job/career...but also side-hustles? I've done wedding photography, sold an artsy-fartsy book, built online courses and done affiliate marketing.

My fav side-hustles include some passive income. All that extra income is considered "gravy" money in my YNAB budget. I don't rely on it to put food on the table. It pays for vacations, new computers, and builds my emergency fund.

How about you?

Do you have anything happening on the side? Tell us about it! Link us to your website too! :)

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  • Ryan Oakley - I came to this forum *just* to look for a conversation about a Side Hustle! 

    I recently signed up for e-mails from sidehustleschool.com and am starting to really brainstorm about what kind of Side-hustle I could potentially get going for myself.

    I'd love to hear what others are doing out there. The only extra job that I can think of out there is babysitting, which doesn't pay much considering the saturation of babysitters in my area... I'm trying to think of a more niche market to aim toward. 

    I have a para-professional job in the mental health field and absolutely love it. I'm seeking a side hustle as a way of paying off my debt more aggressively. Trying to think of ideas that make sense. 

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      • Ryan Oakley
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      g.359 Good for you!

      A good side-hustle has these three elements --- your own passion, talent and opportunity.

      Start by making a list of your passions. And then your talents. And then think about opportunities that you could apply those to.

      Keep an eye for problems that need to be solved.

      Good luck!

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      • g.359
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      Ryan Oakley , thanks for the tips! Brainstorming has begun... 

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      • KD603NH
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      g.359 oh my gosh! Get on Care.com or work with local mom's groups - if you're a para that is good with children and are used to working with disabilities and delays you could charge a PREMIUM to sit for kids that are stereotypically "tougher" for a regular sitter. So many moms I know that have kids that aren't neurotypical have a hell of a time finding a good sitter.

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      KD603NH 

      No kidding, right?  I can count non-family baby sitters on one hand.  

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  • I work full time in marketing, but I've got a couple side hustles. I work maybe 10 hours a week in retail (although I need to quit - definitely has become more of an expense than an income!), and I walk dogs as I'm available through an app. LOVE the dog walking, could honestly do without the retail ... and the marketing, at this point.

    I'm seriously considering quitting my full-time job and finding something part time that I'm more passionate about / allows me to leave work at work, and putting in the real effort to start a business. It's a huge leap and, of course, I need to figure out my budget and sort through what would be realistic with my student loans.

    But for now, the side hustles help keep me sane!

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  • Of course, you all know that YNAB started as a side-hustle, right? 😉

    Interesting point about not being an "Income" discussion category Ryan Oakley — let's see how much traction this kind of conversation gets and we'll keep that in mind!

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  • I homeschool my kids as my full time work but have been doing proofreading for a couple of years now and recently had an old colleague contact me about doing some engineering work (my work before quitting to homeschool) so now I'm doing some of that too. It's programming based and recently have started thinking about getting into app making, one of the kids had started learning via Kahn academy and figured we could maybe do it as a joint project, is great for his education and could earn us some funny money to boot.

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    • PhoenixFlying How did you get involved with proofreading?  That's something I do for work and I enjoy it and have thought about doing it as a side hustle (I need one!)  It's not exactly passive income though like Ryan Oakley  suggests.  I'm at a total loss as to how to generate that.  I did sign up for emails from side hustle school so maybe I'll get some ideas that way.  

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      Maroon Filly (88ceb9898852) 

      I do it via fiverr.com , there's lots of different opportunities on there, nothing passive though.

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    • PhoenixFlying I'll check it out - thanks!

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  • My son says I am a queen of side-hustles. LOL. It started back when he was a little guy and I began mystery shopping and then merchandising. I did that for about three years. I then found a website that allowed me to be a virtual assistant, which I did that for a few years. That led to math tutoring through an iOS app (if anyone needs a math tutor and is curious, let me know). Now I mainly do online data entry and transcription for my extra fun money.

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      • krispyk
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      amp97  Funny you should mention math tutoring!  I think my son needs a tutor for Pre-Cal.  I came to this thread looking for ideas for a side hustle for myself, but finding a solution to my son's math problem works too!  I am curious about this iOS app and would love to hear more!

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      Kristine Greer Your son can use this link (and get 30 minutes of free tutoring instead of the normal 15 minutes): https://mathelf.com/t/KOZ5WV

      Or if he just downloads the MathElf app, he can enter the referral code KOZ5WV for the 30 free minutes.

      It is live one-on-one tutoring any time of day for any math subject. If you decide you like him using the service, you can buy minutes as needed or auto-renew.

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  • I'm curious how you got into data entry and transcription? I could do this!

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      • amp97
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      Turquoise Memory (20e8230556a4) I transcribe for Rev (they hire those without experience) and do Data Entry for Great American Opportunities (wait list to get in on this one). I found out about both via the blog https://realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com/

      I have no affiliation with the blog but it is a great resource for side hustle stuff.

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    • Vibrant
    • No more counting dollars, we'll be counting stars
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    I'm an evenings-and-weekends paper (quilling) artist. I'm currently working on building a body of work for a show in 2019, but I'm also thinking about sidelines to generate some sales/income in 2018 - lower price points, prints/redbubble for a couple of my fine art pieces, etc.

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      Vibrant I think quilling is gorgeous! I picked up one of those starter kits some years back but didn't have the patience at the time to keep trying. 

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  • I absolutely agree, that I should be able to categorize my income since we have multiple sources and it would be great to track.    I'm all for it!  Todd

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  • I agree...a side hustle or "income generation" category in the forum would be very interesting!

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  • I've been teaching music lessons on the side for years. When my husband wasn't paying child support years ago, it really kept us going. Now, I do it for fun money. Recently (about 2 years ago) I started renting a room in my house through Airbnb. I'm now a Super Host! That money was going to a "home maintenance" fund but now I've decided to move away from the area in a year and that money will go to moving expenses. So great to have YNAB categories for all of this!

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  • That's really interesting about Airbnb. How does it work to just renting a room? Are you there when there are guests? Is that weird?

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      • Pamalumpa
      • Music Teacher and YNAB advocate
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      Turquoise Memory (20e8230556a4) Yes, I'm here. It's not really weird. I had a roommate for about 8 months and it's kind of like that. Except I greet them and give them a key, show them around - that kind of thing. I'm a "hands off" host so other than sharing coffee in the morning, I usually don't see them much. I've met lots of really nice and interesting people. Overall, it's been a really good experience.

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  • PS, my side hustle is vacation rentals. www.TayloredRentals.com Ryan Oakley  I'm in the process of developing an online marketing business including courses and tools for DIY design enthusiasts.  It's fun to see a like mind in here.

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  • I've been doing freelance IT work since I was about 15.  :P

    I still do a bit here and there, but I don't actively pursue new clients.  Most of my clients are friends or friends of people in the church or some such.

    My random income from that is also just a bonus for my budget, usually letting me pick up a little thing I've been wanting (game or DVD or whatever) or put towards one of my larger goals.

    I'd love to get more into photography as well, but I do that as a hobby and don't have the time to dedicate to it to learn everything well enough to do it for pay at this time.

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