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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What's Your Side Hustle?

If we can resist the temptation of "babysitting" our jobs and resist that false "employee" mindset which wrongly assumes that all our eggs must be in our "one and only full time job" basket, we can have a LOT of fun and some good coin along the way.

So What am I talking about? These little things we can do outside of our working hours which can bring in extra money along the way.
Some ideas are:

1/ Become a pro at Scavenging and Reselling curbside "freebies". It never ceases to amaze me what folks set out on the curb to give away free for the taking just because they lack the time or motivation to sell or dispose of these items themselves. Sometimes folks wrongly assume that something is read for the landfill, when really all that is required to be able to re-sell it at a profit is a good cleaning and./or some minor repairs.
Note which stores in your town/city will pay you cash for good quality second hand and/or refurbished items.

2/ Are ya Crafty? Like to putter around in your wee work shop and make birdhouses? Or knit sweaters? or make homemade jam?
You'd be surprised how delighted folks are to pay top dollar for home made "local artisan" crafty items.
You can post them on free websites like Kijiji or Craigslist, or sniff out the best "popup" shops or              flea markets that may be willing to sell your items for you for a modest cut of the proceeds.
If you are working full time, you may not be able to spend time setting up tables to sell your home made goods at farmer's markets, etc....but you may be able to sell them through friends and/or neighbors that have noticed your beautiful home made crafts. Some folks display their home made wood crafts on their own front lawns to sell only in the summer months when they have time to chat up and serve local and/or touristy customers.

3/ Cutting grass. Some folks start doing this as a favor for a sick neighbor....but it eventually can turn into something that can bring in a nice bit of extra income, without you even having to leave your own neighborhood. Elderly residents are often greatly relieved to find a local person to take over that pesky duty of cutting the grass every week in the warmer seasons of the year.
Tip: use the homeowner's own lawn mower and they will be required to keep  it gassed up or plugged into their own electricity supply, thus eliminating the need for any start up costs for your side hustle altogether.

Well, that's all for now. You didn't think i was going to give away all my best ideas in one breath did ya ?

Peaceful productivity,
C.