Hold your Breath.
Cross your fingers and peek through squinted eyes.
I’m not talking about a teenage girl logging in to facebook to see if her crush messaged her. I’m talking about you-grown, married 30-something mom of 2 kids and 4 dogs, logging in to your online banking account when you live paycheck to paycheck. Have you been there? I have….and let me tell ya, it ain’t fun. There are many, many ways to break the paycheck to paycheck cycle, and making more money is definitely a good start! Read on to see the side hustles I’ve tried.
Crafts and Wood-working
I have always loved old junk. Seriously, old doors, rusty boards, the more aged and antiqued, the stronger my love. My affection for old junk was the start of this side hustle. During my craft phase, I transformed our garage, much to my husband’s dismay, into a bit of a carpenter’s workshop. (Side note- he also was trying his hand at a taxidermy career at the time in the same garage.) Can you imagine what the neighbors thought??!
So, I taught myself, along with the help of google, to use a miter saw. I started making picture frames, old tin door hangings, chalkboards, burlap door hangings, crosses made of old wooden trim, and the rest was history. I sold these at craft fairs and on etsy.com. This was so fun, but pretty intense for a side hustle.
Have you been to etsy lately? You can sell almost anything on there that is handmade or vintage! It is a great way to make extra cash online.
Flea Market Booth
I know, I know…..this one is a bit strange for a 23 year old. But, I told you I’ve always loved old stuff. When I was in graduate school, I didn’t know many people in the town I moved to. The college town had lots of quaint little flea markets in and around it, so I started perusing the shops when I wasn’t studying or busy. When my family came to town, my mother, grandmother and I decided to set up a cute little booth in one. We ALL like old stuff, and have quite an abundance of it between our homes, storage buildings, and picking up new “old” stuff we find at yard sales. Some towns have flea markets that resemble booth type yard sales, so this could be a great way to sell clothes or home décor you want to chunk.
Clothes Trunk Shows
After moving back to my tiny town, I saw a huge need for clothing shops for women. Hence, the idea for Dirt Road Trends was born. I didn’t work for a multi-level-marketing company or anything like that. I purchased the clothes from wholesale, priced them, and set up “parties” with friends at their home or my small shop in my yard, and they shopped and I made money. Sounds fun, huh?? Plus, I always had cute clothes. This was definitely the most profitable AND the most hectic side hustle I’ve done thus far.
When we lived in a suburb of Memphis, I would often participate in trials or focus groups for new products. The company was called Axiom Research , and they were always super professional. Here is the scoop- manufacturers often make products that they want to test out before rolling them out to the public. These groups were an easy way to make money. I remember eating different types of frozen vegetables and giving reviews, talking about different cell phone companies with a group, and reading articles and writing my opinion of them. Some paid $75 or $100! Easy-breezy!
Weight Loss Counseling
“Oh, you’re a dietitian…..Could you make me a diet?” Most commonly asked question heard by dietitians worldwide, I bet. I haven’t done any real research on that, so don’t quote me 🙂
Being a dietitian can be fun and rewarding because I truly enjoy helping people change their lives. Contact me at kyleigh@sweetteaandcotton if you’re interested in getting healthy and working with me to lose weight and start a healthier lifestyle.
This has become a big way to help people pay off debt, make ends meet, or make a big new purchase. In the past, we have sold a car, sold a building, sold clothes, furniture, and pretty much anything that didn’t have legs. Kidding, but we have way too much stuff as it is, so why not sell it. If you’re interested in how and where to sell your stuff, my next blog post will be about where to sell your gently used things to get the most bang for your buck!
So there you are- just a few tips to help break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck. Set a budget, live by it, and hustle, hustle, hustle! What are some side hustles you’ve done to make more money and pay off debt???