I was working an average of 90 to 100 hours each week, and this went on for a few years.
I would wake up early in the morning before work, side hustle for around an hour or two, then I would go to my day job as a financial analyst. I would use my hour-long lunch break for my side hustle. I would then get home at around 6 p.m. and side hustle some more. I would side hustle on the weekends as well.
I’m not going to lie, I was probably a little on the excessive side. However, I had many goals on my mind when I was doing all of this.
- I wanted to pay off my student loans. I had around $40,000 in student loans and I didn’t want them hanging over my head forever. I made a goal to use my side hustle income for my student loan payments. I ended up paying them off in July of 2013, at the age of 24.
- I wanted to leave my day job. I found that I really loved my side hustles. I loved them so much that I created a plan to leave my day job and focus on full-time freelancing. My last day at my day job was in October of 2013.
So, even if you don’t want to dedicate a full 40 hours a week to a “side hustle,” you can still spend just a few hours a week and possibly earn enough to reach a goal of yours.
Maybe you want to go on a vacation, pay off your student loans, pay off some credit card debt, or just have more spending money in general. A side hustle can allow you to do this.
Below are common excuses I have heard for why a person does not start a side hustle:
I’m already too busy.
Many people tell me that they are too busy to start a side hustle or a side job. Yes, some people are honestly busy. I don’t know how some people do it.
However, there are many others out there who say they are too busy when in reality they are not. There are probably time wasters out there that you can cut out of your life so that you can make time for a side hustle.
If you really wanted to have a side hustle, you would find time for it!
It’s really that simple.
There’s nothing out there for me.
So many people give up because they don’t think they will find anything. Yes, in some areas the economy might not be the greatest yet, but I’m sure if you set your heart on it that you could find something.
And, if you can’t find something, maybe you should get out there and MAKE something for yourself. I’m sure there is something out there that you could do where you are providing a service to a family or small business owner (such as babysitting, house sitting, dog walking, freelancing, etc.).
It’s not worth it for me to work for so little.
Sometimes a side hustle won’t make you a ton of money. That is common since you won’t be dedicating your full-time life to it.
Some think that making just a few extra hundred dollars wouldn’t be worth it, so they just skip the whole idea altogether.
If you really need the money though and you want to reach financial goals a little more quickly, then a side hustle may be exactly what you need.
Just spending a few extra hours each week on a side job can add up month by month.
Do you have a side hustle? Why or why not?