Do you have a side hustle? Are you passionate about it, or do you just do it to supplement your income?
I’m a very private woman. I’m open with some family and very close friends, I don’t give out much info on my social media. But I’ve got to share this with you guys. I’ve been unemployed since May 27, 2016. It was a devastating blow to me personally and financially. I wasn’t sure what I was gonna do. I was lost. Here’s the kicker, I hated that job. It was so stressful and I just wasn’t performing to the best of my ability. Still didn’t help that sting when I was fired.
I feel so much better admitting that on this platform. After I went through every emotion you think is possible, I decided to step my game up with my crafting business, crocheting and making bracelets. I got busy, I made about 20 memory wire bracelets and started crocheting and preparing for the fall/winter season. I was still looking for a job and everything else that was going on in my life. I was a mess.
I was invited to be a vendor at a Sip & Shop show in October. I immediately accepted and paid the vendor fee to insure my spot. I started crocheting like a crazy lady. I told my daughter if she crocheted some hats to help me out that she could keep the proceeds from the sale of her hats. It was my first vendor show and we had a ball. I took both of my daughters with me for the experience. I want them to know what being an entrepreneur is like and how much work it takes to make it happen. They look real excited in this picture…not!
My daughters sitting at our table.
One of my good friends came to the show and brought her granddaughter. She purchased a hat and bracelet, my first sale at the show and I was happy for that. There was another vendor selling handmade dolls. Her granddaughter wanted one, but she asked me to make it for her. I have been asked before about making a doll, but I just wasn’t ready for the challenge of crocheting a doll. Well, I told her I would make it and she needed it for her birthday at the end of November. I got busy, no pattern just looked at some pictures of crocheted dolls and figured it out. It was a challenge to say the least, I remade each peace at least twice! My first crocheted doll I named Avah. She turned out so cute and I now have the amigurumi bug. I’ve made three so far. Don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from starting something new or challenging.
From left to right, Avah, Raven and Kami.
I have another side hustle. I drive for Uber and I actually enjoy it. I needed income and I kept seeing the commercial and thought, why not? I am an independent driver, work when I want. I work mornings and afternoon to early evenings during the week and I play it by ear on the weekends. I’ve made enough money to keep things going around here which is my goal. While I’m driving, I talk when the riders want, or get into my own thoughts if they don’t want to talk. It’s a great part-time and allows your to work on your customer service skills at the same time. If you are interested in partnering with Uber, please use my invite code of 78VJCBKQUE.
My side hustle is real, it has to be. Enjoy your day.