We’ve been working on making a little extra cash to pay down debt. First, I sold my Bowflex to my ex-husband. Then we sold a roll of vinyl flooring we had left over from building our house. I advertised a room to rent on Kijiji, babysitting services, pet sitting services, we put up posters around our neighbourhood.
Then I wrote this post about some side hustle ideas I had - menu planning, triathlon coaching, etc. I ordered my nutrition study guides and I’m working on step one right now, so progress is happening there.
But the best part? Things are finally starting to happen with some of the other hustles too. We got our first two pet sitting gigs this past weekend – we looked after an adorable little terrier cross all weekend, plus a beautiful (if anxious) German shepard. We made $76 after expenses (yes, I think I’m undercharging by a significant amount, but hey, it was fun). Plus, I’m negotiating my first sponsored blog post too. Finally, we had someone call to look at our room for rent on Sunday. Unfortunately, she didn’t show up to view it. After over a month of advertising it, I am beginning to think we’ll never rent it out. However, I will keep trying.
Once we get back from our camping trip this week, I also want to clean out my garage – photograph the last few things for Kijiji, and toss/donate anything else we don’t need. I’m tired of the clutter and I know some of it is worth some cash.
The next big step for me will be to try to figure out how to find clients for my nutrition coaching and market to them. I’m certain there is a market, I just have to find a way in. Once I’m in, I’m confident I can build a client base big enough to generate a good side income.
I’m tracking all my side hustle income (and expenses) separately so that a) I can report them correctly for taxes (or Bruce can – he’s claiming the income), and b) so that we really know how much extra money we made doing some of this stuff. I want a tangible total – I’m even thinking about assigning “names” to some of the income and debt repayment (for example $400 – white leather jacket. $800 plane ticket to Las Vegas) That way, each time we reach a milestone I can recognize what we got for our work.
So far, it’s just a tiny amount, but both Bruce & I recognize that it’s not how much it is, it’s what that money represents – an acknowledgment that we need to get creative to deal with our debt.