For a while I’ve been trying to find different ways to make extra money to help get us back on track financially. Many people call this a side hustle. Unfortunately, this may be even more important. We’ve recently found out that my husband’s company is going to be “restructuring” and that the employees will need to re-interview for their positions. Many positions are being cut. This is happening so that the company can make a run at keeping pace/dethrowning another competitor. So, the needing to bring in extra money right now to pay down debt, fix our vehicles and put money in the savings is more important right now then ever.
I’ve tried a few side hustles that might help us make some extra money. I’ll be detailing how these are going and what else I try to do to make a little extra money in preparation for ‘the purge’ at my husband’s work.
The first side hustle I did was sell berries. In our yard we have black raspberries. I picked these and since we had more than we could use I grabbed my trusty cooler, bought a few packages of containers ($1 for 4 containers at the dollar store) and then made a sign out of used cardboard with sharpie and some white paint I had hanging around. I sold 7 tubs, the tubs were small, so, I was only selling them for $3. My total take from this was $21 after the $3 I spent on the containers I made a total of $18. Now, this doesn’t seem like a lot but I only put in the time picking the berries and setting up my cooler and sign. Since picking the berries was something I was going to do anyways, it really didn’t add anything extra to my day and was something my son though was a lot of fun. Plus, it will also be something I can do next year and hopefully people having seen my cooler out this year will stop next year too.
The second side hustle I’m trying is flipping items. The first items that I’m trying this with are two really nice chairs and a baby swing. These are items that I found at my local transfer station (dump). They have a location where people can drop items that are no longer wanted but are too nice to throw in the dump. I picked these items up. The baby swing, I wiped down and washed the cover. I’ve already listed it on line for $40 or best offer.
I first started listing just on Facebook marketplace and then realized I was really limiting myself for a customer base. So, I listed them on Craigslist and a site called Letgo. I’m hoping I’ll get some bites because this could possibly be a nice side hustle for me. If I get these items for free, do minor repairs/clean up on them I can potentially make a little bit of extra cash without putting any money out. Which would be very ideal.
I haven’t listed the chairs yet because I may reupholster the seats of them. They are stained with something I can’t get off and there is a small rip. So, I think I’ll try to do it for the first time. I feel that I should try to get practice on this type of stuff. If I’m going to try this as a side hustle I have to be willing to take risks with it and put myself into it for real.
What have you done for a side hustle to bring in extra?
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