Do you have a side hustle? I do.
I realize having a side hustle isn’t everybody’s thing but I’ve just never been able to not have a side hustle, I think they keep me engaged, especially at my main hustle… Which in reality, isn’t a hustle, it’s my bread and butter right now.
I’ve tried many things over the years, and it’s not because I necessarily lacked, I just have an entrepreneurial itch that needs to be scratched.
From edible candy arrangement to international import and export… From flipping vintage collectibles on eBay to making and selling gift baskets… From answering surveys online to affiliate marketing…
I’ve tried my hands at a lot of things and the examples above don’t even begin to cover the ground I’ve treaded when it comes to side hustling.
But I love it!
Some side hustles have grown beyond what I could do on a side hustle time schedule and I had to quit them.
You might wonder why I didn’t just grow with a successful side hustle and make it a full-time hustle… In the beginning, the first “unprecedented success” I had with side hustling was with my gift basket business…
I remember getting home after work and checking my website (which had wayyyyy too many words in the URL to have been easily marketable, so how I got traffic to it is a mystery to me) to see if I had received any orders.
My first few orders were from friends who were being supportive of my entrepreneurial efforts… When I landed a realtor as a client that was when I really struck gold. That was also when things got out of hand.
At any other time, I would have been happy to have had a corporate client who placed repeat orders for gift baskets but as one-person business, I couldn’t keep up and I didn’t know the first thing about hiring employees.
Not just that, but I also didn’t want employees because I was running my little cottage business from the privacy of my living room/dining room/garage and I didn’t want to have a stranger in a space so personal.
So I fulfilled my final orders and then nobly closed up shop.
But I got the itch again…
And then, I discovered eBay!
I don’t know how I discovered the site, but more mysteriously, I have no clue how I learned to sell the first products I did, but I was making quite a killing selling reprints of public domain vintage photographs.
I did absolutely no market research beforehand, I just jumped right in with both feet and boy did I have a blast… (I just did a search on eBay and apparently folks are still doing this!)
I started off using my regular document printer and when I made enough money from my sales I invested in a higher-end photo printer and eBay-selling life was all good. Then I took it a step further…
I learned how to frame and mat photos and started offering that as an upgrade to the prints and eBay-selling life got even better!
Then I discovered estate sales and thrifting and I expanded my offerings. I started selling vintage collectibles and loved the whole process of learning the history of the items I was selling and crafting stories around each one to make buying more interesting for the new owners of these vintage items.
eBay was my “gateway online selling platform”… From there I branched out to Amazon (first merchant-fulfilled and then FBA) and eventually Etsy.
As things progressed and more sellers joined the platforms, selling just seemed to get a bit more complicated and it got harder for me to keep up. So I slacked off…
The only problem was, I had tons of inventory and I still loved sourcing i.e. attending estate sales and thrifting, so I needed to get back to selling otherwise I ran the risk of becoming a straight-up hoarder.
So I’m back to selling online…! It’s like starting from scratch. Actually, it is exactly starting from scratch again, but the thrill of a ka-ching is something I’ve missed.
Back to my initial question… Do you have a side hustle? If so, I’d love to hear about it!
Talk to me in the comments below.