Morning all! It’s a beautifully frozen Tuesday in the depths of a February snow storm. I thought I would take a break from my normal activity at 5am on any given day to answer a question that was just posted: How do you do it all? I get that starting a side job…whether it is a blog, Doordash, virtual babysitting (actually…don’t do this one…we’ll discuss this later), or any other gig…is time consuming and we all have busy lives. Here’s the thing…if you don’t find time for something you love…are you really LIVING? The Cents of Life wasn’t started with the idea that this would be my primary source of income…it’s just moving that direction. However…if you truly love doing something…it’s amazing how it can become what also brings in money. Still…I haven’t quit my “day job.” Yet.
So what does my day look like? Just keep in mind…I’m naturally a morning person. Your schedule may vary.
5am Up and locating that all too important cup of coffee.
5:20am Open up my computer and begin working. This can be researching new side hustles to try, setting up new side hustles to try, working on social media engagements, creating video content, or writing this blog. I devote 2 to 2 1/2 hours every morning, every day of the week to this. It’s seriously not work to me. Doing this helps my brain wake up and get organized for the day. Some people work out…I do this.
7:45am Get ready for my Day Job (those that don’t know…I’m a Mental Health Clinician and work specifically as a Recovery Specialist/Case Manager).
8:30am-4:30pm Day Job on the weekdays, fun with family and/or friends on the weekends
4:30-6:30 Dinner and a little time with my favorite resident 2 year old (aka my nephew)
6:30-8pm Down time
8pm-ish Lights Out
The reason that I put my whole schedule out there for everyone to see…to point out that I have found devoted time to this joyful endeavor that I do EVERY DAY…weekends included. If you don’t look forward to spending time with your new side-hustle…why do it? There are so many options out there…if it isn’t enjoyable…put your energy into trying a new one. Let me share something with you. Since I started working in the gig industry 4 years ago…I have tried 25-30+ side hustles. Know what I found out? That what I really LOVE doing is TRYING each of these and then use my love for writing and storytelling to educate others about these opportunities. The only one I actually wanted to focus long term on is what you see before you. THIS is the side-hustle I put the most energy into. So what’s different about what I do versus what you see on YouTube and TikTok with all those fancy, “Make Money While You Sleep” slogans? Many of those aren’t tried and true. What 4 years of this industry has taught me is that many MANY of these people are interested in 1 thing…making a buck off another person. So they are putting out these GREAT sounding ideas…without really trying them to see if they fully work…or even vetting them to see if they are fully LEGAL!
Making Cents of Life, or making money work for you, is making sure that you aren’t putting more energy into making money than you are putting energy into enjoying life. When you are doing something you don’t love and enjoy…you aren’t making Cents of Life. I’ll admit…with the stress of the pandemic on healthcare workers such as myself…I’ve found myself putting MUCH more energy into doing the job that pays the bills than into this blog. I’ve started working on that balance and am working to build this into something sustainable so that I’m not draining myself doing something that…while I have traditionally enjoyed doing it because it helps people…I am now stretched thin by. This endeavor helps people too, but in a different…and for me, much more creative and relaxing way. Take a moment. Think about what energizes you. Wondering now if there is a side-hustle to match that passion? Ask in the comments section below. I have well over a hundred hustles I’m currently working my way through to provide reviews for everyone down the road. I am happy to help you find something that fits your specific passion.
Each of the side hustles I present have been tested for at least 30 days each to see if there is really something viable about them. In my reviews, I let you know if they will actually make money if you stick with them…or if that bad feeling you have about trying it is really something fishy. If you just want to see the smorgasbord of opportunities as I review them…subscribe to my blog. Soon there will be much more available with TikTok and YouTube, as well. I will announce when they are live and encourage you to like and follow there as well. You will also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under The Cents of Life.
Back at ya’all soon! Time to get ready to clock in.