The Side Hustle That Changed My Life :: From $15 Bucks Per Check To Over $60K A Year
It wasn’t until college that I realized I was an unconventional person. Although I had a great work ethic, I secretly battled with the idea of punching the clock as I felt never made enough to afford the type of lifestyle I desired.
The Typical Introduction To Adulthood:
After graduating high school with honors, I was accepted to attend a four-year university. With family persuasion, I decided to major in Music Education as I could not decide what I could possibly turn my love for art into a substantial career. Needless to say, I hit a brick wall fast simply because my heart wasn’t in education although I had a fervent love for music. After 3 years in college, I came to another disheartening conclusion: College, overall, just wasn’t enough for me. At the age of 22, I was frustrated, angry, lost, and confused. But in the midst of turmoil, my life changed for the best.
Pitfalls and Upsets:
In 2008, my grandmother became terminally ill. As the only adult grandchild with just a part time job, I was the weakest link where employment was concerned. So, I quit my job to care for her. Although I’m grateful to have spent her last months with her, some days I’d find myself stir crazy. My grandmother was always the independent type so the need for a caregiver wasn’t something she was fond of. So, most days I found myself doing absolutely nothing until she got to the point where she could no longer care for herself. Bored out of my mind with absolutely nothing to do, I began surfing the Internet in hopes of finding something to do with my time. That was the first time I came across “work-from-home” job opportunities. Like most people, I was skeptical. I also ended up buying into a scam or two. Needless to say, I was pissed. At that age, I barely had gas money from day to day, so losing out on any money was a significant loss whether it was a $1.00 trial or a $50.00 purchase. But, then I came across one company that changed my life.
The Turning Point:
I got my first writing job in January of 2009. After filling out an application on a whim, I was hired by Demand Media (now Leaf Group.) My first check was only $15 bucks. That’s right, $15.00. To most people, that’s absolutely horrible but to me, it was a glimmer of hope. It showed me there really was money to be made online.
The job with Demand Media led to another writing, then another, and another. After about a year of trying to figure out why I was in college, I decided to call it quits. I chose to step out on faith and allow God to lead me. I haven’t looked back or regretted my decision since.
Over the years, I’ve learned how to tell whether or not a job advertisement is legitimate. Now, I make more than $60,000 a year right from my living room. I work far less than the conventional 40-hour work week and I set my own schedule. With great time management, I’m able to make a substantial income and spend lots of time with my child. Although I’ve hit a few bumps along the way, I’m grateful for the journey. Now, I can help other moms to achieve their dreams of making good money and having time freedom. Of course, everyone may not want to be a writer but luckily there are TONS of side hustles out there that are suitable for everyone. Although writing was the side hustle that changed my life and my outlook on making money, there are others that may change yours! Who knows? Maybe you can turn the side hustle into a full-time income like I did!
Here are some of the best legitimate side hustles you can do while sitting on the couch:
Virtual Call Centers:
Virtual call centers are quite popular because many offer flexibility with scheduling and some even offer great benefits.
- American Express: AMex offers full-time and part-time virtual call center positions. Qualifications include:
- Previous experience operating or working in a small business
- Elite or VIP customer service background
- Four-year degree (can be substituted with 4+ years of relevant experience)
- Sales or hospitality experience
- Be confident in consulting with small business owners
- Creative problem solver
- Amazing written and oral communication skills
Although the position isn’t a considered a sales job, AMex does offer incentive based bonuses. Full-time employees may also opt for benefits like Day-1 health insurance.
- 1-800 FLOWERS: The online florist is hiring work-from-home agents. Although some of those employed are seasonal due to the hiring influx around holidays, there are many employed on a full-time and part-time basis. 1-800 FLOWERS workers are paid around $9.00/hr for time both on and off the phone. Paid training is included for new employees.
I personally haven’t applied to 1-800 Flowers, but it is, indeed, a legitimate opportunity. If you’re looking for seasonal employment, 1-800 FLOWERS may be the way to go very soon.
Sell Your Stuff:
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Even in the digital world we live in today, the old saying is still relevant. Everyone has items they could probably get rid of but many people don’t consider the possibility of selling their items. LetGo is an excellent side hustle that can bring in quick cash in no time. For those who haven’t heard of it, LetGo is a basically a virtual garage sale in the form of a mobile app. Anyone can download it and use it for free. With LetGo, I’m able to bring in extra cash for things like gas, groceries, and other small purchases. The extra cash also helps me to refrain from constantly using my debit card. Sometimes, the cash can even add up to the amount of a small bill.
Start a Business:
With the help of the Internet, almost anyone can start a home-based business and be successful. Whatever hobby you enjoy could have great earning potential. If you’re interested in starting a business, the best way to begin is by brainstorming. For those who just aren’t into writing anymore and don’t mind spending any money, Mindmeister is a great brainstorming app that can help you structure your ideas and come up with a solid plan to put in action. I’d suggest the Personal plan because it’s the best way to go when starting out. The plans start at $4.99 a month. If you have any questions about writing or starting a side hustle, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.