What is a side hustle?According to Entrepreneur magazine, a side hustle is:
A side hustle is a way to make some extra cash that allows you flexibility to pursue what you’re most interested in. It can also be your true passion – a chance to delve into fashion, travel or whatever it is you care about the most without quitting your day job.
My first side hustleYou probably already know that side hustling has changed my life immeasurably, but what got me started on the path to side hustling? Depending on your definition of side hustle, my first side hustle was back when I was a Cub Scout, hustling to sell popcorn. As a Boy Scout, I sold Gold C and Entertainment coupon books. I was super competitive, and always set the annual sales record for my troop. I got a portion of the sales to use for Boy Scout activities, and paid for my summer camp, campouts, ski trips, and more with a few weeks of book sales. I’ve had lots of side hustles since. From custom bracelets to niche sites to freelance writing, which led me to full-time self-employment, I’m a side hustle addict. But enough about me! Let’s see what my friends and other bloggers, podcasters, and entreprenuers have to say.
33 experts share their first side hustle
First Side Hustle: OnlineThe internet is a great place to start side hustling, as the startup costs are often quite low compared to the potential payoff. You can register a domain and get website hosting starting at about $50 per year, and it only takes five minutes to get your first website up and running at your own .com.
Ruby from A Journey We Love: worked as a book reviewer on UpWork. Reviewed self-published books on Amazon, Goodreads, and other websites after reading them, and ghost wrote articles on personal finance and travel on various websites or clients. Joe from Pod to Pod started the first email newsletter covering the Podcast Industry. Speaking of podcasts, Blake from The Blake & Sal Show got started with his first side hustle by podcasting! It only took about five years, and Blake says, “after five years of podcasting we may actually make some money. Or not.” Gee from My Online Biz Journey got started with one of my favorite first side hustles: selling textbooks on Ebay! According to Gee, “Back in 2004-2005, I was in college and had learned about eBay as an auction site to buy fairly discounted products. However the big moment came when I learned I could list my used college textbooks on eBay. It was always fun for me when I got the notification that I had made a sale – I made around $200 a semester doing this. Great extra change for a college student!”View this post on Instagram
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First Side Hustle: Offline
ESI from ESI Money focused on the bigger picture with this first side hustle: paying off debt! ESI got started writing for magazines – not online! As ESI tells it, “I started a magazine freelance writing business writing business (marketing) and personal finance pieces (back when people still read magazines). We put all profits against our mortgage and paid off all our debts in six years!” Now that’s a hustle!
First Side Hustle: Kid EditionHey, kids aren’t too young to get in on side hustling! Have to start them early, right? These bloggers certainly got started hustling (their parents and neighbors) early with these side hustles.
Jim from Planet BoomerVille had one of those first side hustles that you only hear romanticized about anymore: a newspaper delivery kid! Jim delivered newspapers in the afternoon, rain, shine or snow in Massachusetts. He said during the winter, when it got dark at 4:30 pm, he would walk along the roadside next to snowbanks taller than he was! Jessi from Real Life on a Budget picked up pinecones for money as kid. As she tells it, “over the summer the neighbors would pay my brother and I a nickel for every pinecone we picked up in their yard. This made it easier for them to cut the grass without damaging their lawn mowers and it made us some extra pocket money to buy all those new fancy CD’s we wanted.” No shame in getting paid to do something your neighbors didn’t want to do!
137 Ways to Earn Your First Side Hustle Dollar – Personal Profitability – https://t.co/PCqco7f1qX— Eric Rosenberg (@EricProfits) November 27, 2017