This year I turned 52… I’ve been working at my current job for almost 27 years now. When I got my SEP statement at the beginning of the month, it dawned on me, that I might actually be able to retire someday! But do I really want to retire? Maybe I will just look into doing something else with a little less stress involved someday.
Then I saw the term “Side Hustle” on the internet one day… Let’s take a look at this! A “Side Hustle” can be an extra way to make money on the side, in addition to your job. It can be a monetized blog, a direct marketing consultantship (not sure if that’s a real word, but I’m using it anyways…), weekend bartending… even selling crafts at a craft sale.
So then my brain started ticking! Hey… if I start a side hustle now, maybe someday it can be my main hustle? I do love my blogging, so yes, I’m hoping that someday it will pay off with Ad clicks and views. For now it’s only about $.25 per month… but it seems to be growing each month. It’s worth a shot, and I love writing, so why not? Blogging is one of my favorite side hustles, even though the payoff is minimal for now. Feel free to share my blog if you like it!
Of course there is always direct marketing. I’ve been involved with one company for a couple of years, just for the benefit of a discount that I can share with friends. But, their products are constantly changing, and my best sellers are now discontinued. This month I decided to jump ship. So that’s where my Mary Kay business came in… (Yes… check it out at www.marykay.com/tpeal).
Mary Kay has been around since 1963. The company is older than I am, and, lets face it… I love the products and the pricing doesn’t send people over the edge. Good products sell themselves, and if people really love them, they want to use them on a regular basis. So why not jump in? For $99.00 I bought my starter kit with a giant bag full of goodies to share with friends. I can choose to keep an inventory on hand, or order them as my customers need them. Personally, I’m loving the products I’m using. So… of course, this side hustle may actually be a good option for me! If anyone ever wants to sign up for a Mary Kay business, I recommend it, and I can even show you how!
My third side hustle (why just have one?) came to me last winter when the snow was coming down in buckets here in Northern Michigan. I didn’t have any desire to leave the house, but I was bored silly! So to keep my mind off the bitter cold outside, I took an online class for my Real Estate Salespersons license. So I’m now a licensed Realtor with my license in escrow. I’ve always been fascinated with the real estate industry, and since my full-time job doesn’t allow me the time to practice this profession, I keep my license in escrow with a local company, and refer clients to some of the best realtors in the industry. In return I can make a little commission off it. It really paid off last spring when I sold my house (referring the sale to another realtor), and bought my new house.
None of these are “easy money”… they do take work… and I honestly enjoy taking time to work on them. Someday I’m hoping to end a blog with “The Pay Off is real!” In the meantime, why not hustle.
That’s all for my lunchtime blog for today… back to bean counting! Happy Holidays to everyone!