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When I was paying off my student loan debt, I took on as many side hustles as possible. Every little bit of extra money helped the cause, which I was pursuing with singular focus. Now that I’m 1.) out of debt, and 2.) pursuing the other dreams on my list, I’m trying to be more discerning with my time and my money. Yet, when the siren call of a familiar side hustle beckons, I immediately say “yes.”
This particular side hustle occurs in four hour shifts. For four hours, I score exams at home, on my computer. I earn $13 an hour for my effort. After taxes, I make a little less than $50 a shift. During the year that I was focused on paying off my student loans, I took on a LOT of shifts. The money helped tremendously.
I’m in a different place now, but I still want extra money. I want extra money for a variety of reasons:
- I’m planning a trip to Great Britain.
- I want to pad my emergency fund.
- My car needs some work.
- I’m saving for LASIK.
- My house needs some maintenance.
- I want to pay down the mortgage on my house.
- I want to buy some furniture.
- I need a new backpack.
And on and on.
The truth is, I’m excited about a different side hustle, but it doesn’t begin until June. In the meantime, I could use some extra money. And, in that meantime, I also signed up for a course designed to move the dial on my memoir.
I don’t make money from that, though. It’s just movement on a personal dream.
If I take on a number of shifts at $13 an hour, I might be able to use that money to buy the furniture or add to my LASIK fund.
But it will eat into my memoir time.
But it’s money.
I’ve been talking about moving dials in my life. I wanted to expand my emergency fund as a way to invite more abundance into my mindset, and into my world. I’m afraid that if I keep taking on lower paying side hustles, I’m not progressing.
I’m treading water.
It’s hard to think about the possibility that the memoir might one day “pay off.” Even if it’s just in the fulfillment of the dream of writing it, it seems like a pursuit worth taking on.
As does making extra money.
But when does making extra money interfere with your life? I’ve paid off the extraneous debt. I have an exciting new side hustle coming up in the near future.
Would it be taking on too much? Is it worth it now? Does it move a dial or set me back?