It has been 7 months since I quit my full time job to be a stay at home mom. I have been super busy trying to get our house in order and decluttered from two years of doing nothing at home while I worked 60 plus hours every week at my job. Needless to say, I still have my work cut out for me. I have managed to go through a mountain of stuff, but still have decluttering to continue in our bedroom closet. In addition, I have been focusing on being a mother to my son, Samuel, and learning how to manage the household while my hubby works.
I am thankful to say that my hubby’s income pays all of our bills. However, that has not stopped me from continuing my pursuit of side hustles. I usually use Samuel’s nap times to work on my blog, answer emails, and complete other freelance projects. This extra cash goes towards our debt. I will be the first to admit that I have not put much effort forth in the last 7 months because I have been transitioning. Also, I have been taking care of a baby who just started to sleep through the night last month (hallelujah!). However, I wanted to give my readers an honest look at what little to no effort has brought just in side hustles the last 7 months.
In addition, I am pleased to say that we have paid off $4429.46 in debt in the last 7 months in addition to cash flowing our son’s birth. That means, we accrued no debt from his birth. Also, in the past 7 months, I have brought in an additional $758 from side hustles. I was impressed by the number, especially from my blog, since I haven’t really worked on it much or written anything in a while.
Here’s the breakdown of earnings:
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$48 – Freelance Writing
I used to do a fair amount of freelance writing before I started my full time job. I have slowly gotten back into writing. However, I have not really tried to pick up consistent work because I wasn’t sure if I had time to commit to it. However, I still made $48 doing one time articles for clients.
$330 – Usertesting.com
I love user testing. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to make extra cash. I complete user tests during Samuel’s nap times on my phone or computer. It usually averages to about $20 an hour, which is pretty good money for only doing something during nap times.
$360 – Blog Income
This is income from my blog which I haven’t really worked on or touched in 6 months or so. I can’t remember the last time I wrote a post. My blog has been on the back burner while I was transitioning, but am starting to pick it back up. I still can’t believe I made this much considering I wasn’t even working on it. This income is from advertisements as well as sponsored posts. If you want to start a blog, check out my How to Start a Blog post. I give step by step instructions on how I started this blog and how a non-technical person can do this.
$758 Total Income from Side Hustles
I currently do not have any expenses for my blog other than domain renewal and hosting. I pay for my hosting on yearly basis through Bluehost. If you decide to start a blog, I highly recommend Bluehost because it makes WordPress installation so easy! In addition, it’s pretty cheap. Right now, you can start one for only $2.95 a month, and you get a free domain registration if you use this link.
Since things are beginning to calm down, I am planning to start working more on side hustles and writing. I really enjoy side hustles and hope to find some new ones in the coming months which I can share. In addition, we are still decluttering our home and that will continue to take some time as well. I hope to share the decluttering journey in a post soon.
Side hustles are a great way to pay down debt faster or fund those extra things that do not necessarily fit in your budget. Have you tried any interesting side hustles lately with success? I would love to hear about it in the comments.