What Are You Willing To Do For Money?

Is your side hustle killing your work life balance? It's ok to not do it all.

Do you ever feel like you’re slacking off? That you should be working harder to earn more money? I bet most of you are nodding your heads right now; I know I sure am. Striking that balance between work, hustling, and living your life is a constant struggle. I always have a list running through my brain of things I want to accomplish, and it never seems to get any shorter.

What’s up with that?

Earning extra money is great, super great, but not if it’s coming at the expense of your well being.

The Blog Slog

Ok, that’s a bit dramatic. I really love blogging. It’s taught me a lot, and I’ve been included in an internet community of like-minded people that inspire and motivate me to do better. It’s also a lot of work. The writing itself is almost always the least time-consuming part. If you have a blog, you’ll totally get that. Sure, you might claim you’re only writing for yourself, but there are very few of us out there who aren’t at least somewhat concerned about page views. And getting that is what takes the time! Creating graphics, participating in social media, updating old posts, trying to figure out the ins and outs of SEO. Blech.

All that marketing stuff might be where the payoff is, but it’s not the reason most of us hit publish on that very first post. Which you maybe shouldn’t go back and read because those early days were rough.

If I were willing to put more time into blogging, I’m sure I would see a better payoff. I could post more often, promote more, take a few courses to improve my knowledge, etc. Do I have time to do these things? Honestly, yes. The problem is that I don’t have the motivation to do it. I like being able to take my dogs for a long stroll, take a bike ride with the bf to grab ice cream after dinner, or just sit back and binge watch a TV show. Sometimes I feel guilty about not doing more, but I try to remember that my life and my day job are my priorities. Side hustling will always come third, and that’s ok.

Focusing On Your Own Goals

Not everyone is on the same financial path. We all have different goals, different abilities, and different earnings. The plan for someone wanting to retire at 35 is going to look very different from that of someone who wants to keep working until 60. And at the end of the day, it’s achieving your end goal that really counts.

If you can comfortably retire at your target age of 60 by only saving 20% of your income then that’s fantastic, you’re right on track. You might feel like you’re falling behind when reading about others who have saved WAY more but they’re not after what you’re after.

When I look at my long-term goals, I have time to make it work. I could get there faster if I bumped up my savings and bumped down my spending, but I don’t need to. I’m inspired by the drive and commitment of people with lofty goals, but it’s not for me. I crave balance. I would rather have a fun size chocolate bar every day for the rest of my life than a full size one every day in retirement. I was going to make that example numbers but then figured the more math-minded folks would get too caught up in my non-existent calculations.

What If I Do Want To Side Hustle? Is your side hustle killing your work life balance? It's ok to not do it all.

Some of you are going to have more motivation (less laziness) than I currently do, and you probably want less whining and more productive advice. Well, I’m here for that too. I’m by no means a side hustle expert, but there are a few things I’ve done to make extra money here and there.

Monetize Your Hobby

The last thing you want to do is waste time trying to earn a few bucks doing something you hate. It’s way better, and you’ll be more productive if you can make money doing something you already enjoy. Maybe you like to knit or crochet while watching TV? You could start selling your creations at a local market or set up an Etsy store. This is the sort of thing you could do consistently or once or twice a year. I know here there are tons of craft fairs and markets that pop up around Christmas. Other crafty options are to buy and flip furniture; like houses, but on a way smaller scale. Seek out some pieces at garage sales or on Kijiji and DIY them into things of beauty and resell them.

You don’t have to be left out if you’re not crafty either. Always wanted a dog but your spouse has allergies? Start a dog walking side hustle. Have the best lawn on the block? Start a neighbourhood landscaping company. Enjoy driving? There are more and more food delivery services popping up (Skip the Dishes, Foodora, etc.) or look into becoming an Uber driver. Everyone has a skill that could translate into extra earnings.

Start a Blog

I may not have made blogging out to be all that great earlier in this post, but it’s not all bad. If you enjoy writing and social media then it’s worth looking into. Don’t go in thinking it’s a quick and easy way to make money. It’s not. But there are plenty of successful bloggers out there and who’s saying you can’t be one of them!

There are so many ‘how to start a blog’ posts out there on the internet, so I’m not going to write one here. If you are looking for a resource though, I would highly recommend this post from Do You Even Blog. It’s packed with info and honesty.

Surveys

On any ‘make extra money’ list you’ll likely see surveys as one of the suggestions. I’m not a big fan because they are too often over-hyped. You are not going to get rich doing online surveys. You’ll be lucky even to make minimum wage.

However, if you want something mindless to do while watching TV or on your lunch break, then surveys aren’t so bad. Earning a few bucks is still better than earning no bucks. They can also be an easy way to make money if you have unexpected bills that come up.

I’ve had good luck using Legerweb in the past. They have a reasonably steady stream of surveys and a decent screening process that means you very rarely get disqualified.

Conclusion

The only wrong way to save money is by not doing it all all. You need to decide what you need to do to live your best life and make it happen. Whether that means side hustling your ass off, or having a hot date with Netflix every night. It’s entirely up to you.

Interested in more opinions on side hustles? Check out this post from Adventure Rich on why they don’t side hustle, and this one from The Mastermind Within on why he’s an avid side hustler.

What’s your take on side hustles? Do you have any sources of extra income or do you focus your attention on your primary job? 

This post was proofread by Grammarly.

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13 comments

  1. Once you have enough or more than enough money then the impulse to earn more drops a lot. I still side hustle for fun and I charge very high fees for my consulting but not because I want more money, just because I can. One thing there isn’t enough money in the world to get me to do is to go back to a 9 to 5 job. Even for a million dollar salary, no way. I don’t need the money and I’m not about to give up that much of my time.

    1. You make a really good point. I’m certainly not at the point where I don’t need to earn anymore but I do earn enough to check off all the things that make me happy. That comfort level makes free time that much more enjoyable.

  2. I can relate to you on so many levels with this. My job is my main hustle, and for the next 20 years, it will continue to be that. There is huge room for growth with massive salary increases and I’m going to take go after those opportunities. I don’t feel as motivated to blog anymore because I’m not looking at it as a source of extra income.

    Instead, I’d rather use that free time to read books and travel and socialize with friends.

    Great post!

    1. I’m with you. I have much better earning potential from my day job than I do from anything else, and I’m ok with that because I enjoy my work.

      I’m committed to keep in blogging but only at a pace that also gives me enough free time.

  3. My job is my hustle right now, and tbh pregnancy is even making that tough! The more I progress in my career/the higher my day job earnings, the less it seems worthwhile to pursue the side hustles I used to, and it’s been a long time now since I last did any freelance work.

    1. My job is my hustle too, and I’m not pregnant. I can only imagine how much more challenging that would make things! And you’re so right. The more you earn at your regular job the less tempting it is to pursue outside work.

  4. Thanks for your honesty- seems like a lot of people talk about surveys and the only people making a ton out of them seem to be the bloggers doing the affiliate links in them!

    Maybe I will recommend a survey site to my MIL though she probably will enjoy that kind of thing.

    Blogging is a TON of work and my hourly rate is poor, but it is fun at the same time and a creative outlet for me.

    1. I definitely don’t want to calculate my hourly rate for blogging! Even though I don’t do it for the money it wouldn’t exactly be inspiring.

  5. I have many mixed feelings about side hustles. On the one hand, I’d love to earn some supplemental money from something I like doing (like blogging). But on the other hand, I also like doing nothing.

    I read somewhere recently that focusing on your full time gig can be more rewarding financially than a side hustle in terms of raises, building your network, etc. And I’d never seen that perspective before. (It might have been Tanja or BGR, I honestly don’t remember).

    1. That sentiment makes sense to me, and is certainly applicable to my job. I’m not sure it would apply to everyone, especially if you’re in a job where raises may be small and infrequent, but for a lot of people it makes sense to focus on a full-time job.

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