As many of you know, side hustling is a large part of my debt payoff journey. I make a fairly low amount of money in relation to my debt, so for me to reach my ambitious goals, I need to hustle.
One thing I pride myself on is that I think work is work. As long as I am in debt, there is no job too small or too big for me, and certainly nothing that is “below” me. I may have thought otherwise a few years ago when I had a fancy job title and managed several employees.
However, the 2 years after graduate school that I searched for a full-time job was a humbling experience. It was an emotional roller coaster for me and I felt like I took a dive in status. I went from being a director of a program to cleaning houses.
I realized that perhaps I was wrong before. That I did think I was “too good” to do certain things, and now being forced to do whatever was available humbled me and deepened my understanding of the human experience, and this bizarre class structure we’ve created.
Now I have a full-time job that’s pretty rad. I’ve learned a ton of new skills that are highly marketable, and I’m having fun. I’ve also started this blog, and I’m seeing it as an opportunity for other doors to open. At least I hope a few will.
My current long-term side hustle that I’ve been doing every weekend for the past three weeks, and will continue for another five, pays $10/hr. It’s a pretty low amount, and of course I’d love to be paid more, but here is the scoop:
- It’s really easy
- I get a free drink after every shift
- We all split tips, so I get a bonus of $10-$20 a night
- It’s an 8 week gig, so is pretty consistent in hours
Part of me is really proud of myself. I do things that I know my friends won’t do; I meet crazy people who are like characters from the circus; I have odd, amazing experiences; I get out of my routine and my comfort zone.
Most of the time, I’m very happy about my hustling. Other times I start to think that I might be selling myself short.
I have a master’s degree in something fairly useless, but it’s given me the ability to write. I also have management experience, as well as outreach and communication experience. I also speak Spanish, which has helped me land almost every job I’ve ever gotten. Shouldn’t I get more than $10/hr?
Yes, of course, I should. But these jobs I do on the side don’t require any of those skills.
I also think if you have the time available, then making some money is better than none.
Right? Or is it holding me back from pursuing larger paying side jobs? I really want to focus 100% on my blog; I want to update it more frequently, write good content, get paid to write content, and continue down the many avenues of creative employment.
But I’m not there yet. I can’t in good conscience turn down legitimate, albeit low paying work with how much debt I have. I stand by the fact that work is work. Sometimes I just wish I could throw myself into this head first and reach my full potential.
What do you think? Am I a #1 hustler or am I selling myself short?
Currently she puts more than 50% of her income towards debt, while living a frugal, fun life. In addition to her love of personal finance, art and music, she is also a karaoke master. Follow the adventure @DearDebtBlog.
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