Side Hustle: Defining Success

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Side hustles aren’t just for high-schoolers looking to make money– they are for anyone at any point within their career or life journey. Side hustles not only provide a “hobby” or an activity to do that you enjoy but also allow you to make extra cash for extra “buckets” that you don’t normally expect to save for. Many of us who have a 9-5 are looking for an activity to keep us busy after hours or on the weekend but feel as if another job is TOO much. Side hustles allow you to have maximum flexibility and can work with anyone’s busy schedule.

This week we’re covering all things side hustles- even as a busy working professional along with success stories from my podcast, The Money Exchange.

Why should I start a side hustle?

Side hustles give you an additional hobby, along with the opportunity to save different buckets. Maybe currently you aren’t saving for an emergency fund or a vacation fund. Any income you make from your side hustle can be put into this fund- without worry about tapping into your weekly paycheck from your full-time job. Some examples of where you can fund your money include.

  • Vacation Fund
  • Emergency Fund
  • Educational Fund (for you, spouse or kids)
  • Rainy Day Fund
  • Car/Home Repair Funds
  • 401K/IRA/Retirement Fund

Are you looking for helpful tools? My website now has resource calculators for you to use! Check it out by visiting my home page here and navigating to tools at the top right!

Side Hustles You Can Start

Often side hustles don’t have to be time-consuming and should be something that you enjoy doing in your free time. Often, side hustles don’t have to be time-consuming and should be something that you enjoy doing in your free time. Side Hustles should be relaxing, fun, and profitable! If you love what you do- it won’t feel like extra work. Consider asking yourself questions about what you love to do right now for free. Maybe you like taking photos of your family, or cooking for your neighbor- both of those things can easily become side hustles.

Fitness Coaching or Personal Training

If you’re passionate about fitness and have expertise in exercise science or nutrition, consider becoming a certified fitness coach or personal trainer. You can offer virtual coaching sessions, create online training programs, or host fitness classes.

Pet Sitting or Dog Walking

If you love animals- or even have some of your own, consider offering pet sitting or dog walking services in your spare time. You can join pet-sitting platforms to connect with pet owners in your area and earn extra income while spending time with furry friends.

DIY Crafts or Handmade Products

If you’re crafty or have artistic talents, consider selling handmade products or crafts online through platforms like Etsy or at local craft fairs. Whether it’s jewelry, artwork, home decor, or personalized gifts, there’s a market for unique handmade items.


Offer your professional skills as a freelancer in your spare time. This could include writing, graphic design, web development, consulting, or accounting. Freelancing allows you to work on projects as your schedule permits and can be done remotely.

Creative Content Creation

If you have a knack for content creation, consider starting a podcast, or a YouTube channel to talk about whatever you desire! Become an affiliate of different companies and make even more money!

Side Hustle Success

The great thing about side hustles is that success is defined by how you see it. Side hustles don’t have to be a full-time job, and shouldn’t be anyways. At minimum- it should be fun and allow you to make a little extra money on the side. My podcast, The Money Exchange– we are constantly highlighting small businesses and entrepreneurs who have their own side businesses. Take a listen and feel inspired by their journeys- you can do it too!

Dreams & Breakfast: A Conversation with the Visionary Behind Oak Bluffs Inn – Eps 138

Join host Patrina Dixon in a captivating episode of The Money Exchange Podcast as she engages in a heartfelt conversation with Erik, the visionary behind Oak Bluffs Inn. Nestled by the beach, Oak Bluffs Inn has become a beacon of hospitality, drawing guests back time and again. In this episode, we explore the reasons behind the inn’s charm and success.

Digging Deeper: The Art of Land Investing – Eps. 129

In this inspiring episode, we sit down with Brent Bowers, a dedicated investor and coach specializing in the world of buying and selling vacant land. Brent’s journey is one of remarkable transformation, from serving as an Army Officer with over 8 years of honorable service to becoming a successful land investor and coach.

Tune in as Brent shares his incredible journey of transitioning from a military career to real estate and, eventually, land investing. Discover how Brent expanded his land investment business, even hiring a dedicated team, all while ensuring he had more quality time to spend with his loved ones.

How To Save Money For College While Writing A Book – Eps 116

Writing a book while studying college can be overwhelming however Djuly Fluerant, a college student at New York University has been able to overcome barriers and self-doubt enabling her to publish her memoir, anD.

Despite being reluctant to talk about her past and upbringing, Djuly wrote her memoir to come to full terms with everything that occurred in order to grow and heal.

She shares in this episode how she was able to do it and how saving enabled her to achieve her author dreams. 

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