One of My Bucket List Items for this year is to make $1000 a month outside my “regular” job. I plan to do this by working some side hustles–any job outside of your main job qualifies as a side hustle, for example: mowing yards, freelance writing, selling your dogs… you get the point.
For the first three months of the year I ignored my side hustle goal. I had no idea where to start. In April, I figured I should start trying something– anything. So far my progress has been slow. But, it hasn’t been non-existent! Since lots of bloggers publish how much money they make from their side hustles, I thought it might help me stay motivated to keep track of my side hustle income on this blog. So, once a month, I’ll update you on how it’s going.
Before you check out how much I earned in April, I have to let you know something that totally surprised me. It’s super hard to tell you how much I earned. Payment takes a lot of time to “clear” from some online business. To keep it simple, I’m just going to count “earned” money as money in my bank account–I’ll put what money is still outstanding by the side.
April Side Hustle Earnings
Writing for other websites: $57.06
Fiverr: $0 — I actually earned $4.oo, but it hasn’t cleared the bank yet.
Total: $57.06 Amount needed to reach $1,000: $942.94
Even though I didn’t get anywhere close to my goal, I’m pretty happy with my progress. Even bloggers who make over $10,000 a month had to start somewhere, right?
Here’s 4 reasons you should think about getting a side hustle (even if you don’t need more money):
1. It will make you better at your “real job”:
Since I’ve been messing around with blogs/graphics/videos for so long, I’m way better at my regular job. I constantly use things I’ve done here or on other websites to help me create projects at work. For example, I’m working on a manual at my “real job” right now. I’m using the same software on the manual that I used to make my My Yearly Bucket List Book. I only know how to use the software because I did it here first.
2. It will make you more confident:
Want to know a secret? I get really scared to post ANYTHING on this blog. Sometimes I’ll write a post, and it will take me an entire week to hit “publish.” Weird, right? As I’ve started to write and design for other websites, I’ve gotten a little more confident.
Nothing will make you more confident then seeing your skills make money in the marketplace. I just joined fiverr.com, it’s a marketplace that sells $5.00 services. I uploaded a “gig”(my $5 service) and the next morning someone bought it! Cha-ching! Here’s a link to the gig I created! Now, you’re probably thinking, “Kelsie, you silly dog lady, that’s not even enough to cover your time!” Well, you’re right. Like anything, this will take time to grow. And, selling something made me feel like a million bucks! Doesn’t that count?
3. It will be fun:
IF you’re going to invest your time on a side hustle, you’re going to do something you like. You’ll have a great time, and you’ll feel fulfilled because you’re following your dreams. What’s more fun than that?!
4. You can make extra money!
Okay, I know I said these reasons weren’t about money, but you should never believe me. We’re trying to pay off our house, remember? While it will probably take me a while to build my side hustles, the extra dollars help. You can make a few extra dollars, too. If you want a side hustle, but you don’t know what to do, here’s a list of 75 side hustles you should check out!
Do you do anything on the side? Do you think it’s worth it
I hope you have the best week ever,