If you’re working a full-time job and juggling responsibilities at home, you may be thinking that there’s no way you could possibly find time to run a business. On top of that, if you’re a parent, then you’re already working a ’round-the-clock job.
If you’re completely turned off by the thought of adding something else to your plate, it’s completely understandable, but think about it like this: you’re working 40+ hours a week building someone else’s business. Don’t you think your own dreams deserve at least some of that dedication?
Good Side Jobs to Make Extra Money
I’m all for entrepreneurship and being your own boss, but everyone isn’t in a position to just wake up one day and decide to make that big dramatic exit we’ve all dreamed of. Who remembers that Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode when Geoffrey quit?
If you’re in need of some extra cash and thinking about picking up a side hustle, you’re in good company. A recent Bankrate study found that almost 40% of Americans have a side hustle.
So what kinds of things can you do for some additional income while keeping your day job?
1. Start a Blog
Even if you’re not seeing six figures from your blog every month (and yes, people are doing that!), it can be a nice source of income. Some people have even been able to quit their 9-5’s to blog full time. I got Take Back 9 to 5 started with SiteGround for just $3.95/mo. and a free WordPress theme!
Related post: How to Start a WordPress Blog with SiteGround
2. Get Paid to Write
If you like to write, not only can you have your own blog, but you can get paid to write for other people too. I provide freelance writing and virtual assistant services to solopreneurs and small business owners and it’s a great way to combine my skills and interests while generating income.
3. Drive for Lyft
You’re already out driving anyway, why not pick up some extra passengers on the way home for some extra cash? Plus, rush hour is a prime time for making money on the app since everybody is trying to get home. Sign up here to become a driver and get a $300 bonus after your first 100 rides!
Getting Down to Business
Managing a side hustle on top of your full-time job isn’t easy. It requires a lot of self-discipline, optimal time management, and motivation. You may want or need the extra cash, but it’s easier said than done.
With that being said, it’s always nice to hear from real-life people who are making it happen. I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah, a wife and mom who shared a bit about her life and how she manages two businesses while working a full-time job and still never missing a minute of family time.
Having a side hustle while working a full-time job as well as taking care of children can definitely be a challenge, but Sarah shares with us that through prayer, a supportive community, and knowing your “why”, it’s not only possible but can prove to be extremely rewarding as well.
So you have not one but two side hustles! Could you tell us a bit about your businesses and how you got started?
Haha yeah, two businesses + a 9-5 sounds kind of crazy I’m sure. So Shaver Closet (my reselling business) was actually my husband’s idea. We love thrifting and have found some amazing things for really cheap and he heard that you could resell it on eBay for more than what you purchased but cheaper than the “brand new at the store” price so it’s enticing to others.
I was a stay at home mom at the time living with my in-laws and my husband’s income wasn’t enough for us to pursue purchasing a home so I was doing anything and everything I could do make some extra money. A few months later, I started working a 9-5 so we could seriously start the process of getting our own home, but Shaver Closet was providing some good here-and-there income.
A couple weeks after I started working full time, I became an Usborne Books + More consultant. Usborne Books + More is a children’s book company that has hundreds of exciting, fun, educational and imaginative books for kids of all ages. I started this business with the sole intention of eventually becoming a stay-at-home mom again.
I had found out I was pregnant with baby #2 three days before my first day, so I was anxious to get back home. Baby #2 just turned 4 months old, and I’m still working the 9-5 but the end is in sight and my businesses are going well. With my hard work and God on my side, I know I will be back home in no time 😊
What does a typical business day look like for you?
A typical business day for me looks sporadic haha. I like to set my phone aside and be fully present when I am home, so I mainly work on my businesses during my breaks at my 9-5.
It can be overwhelming at times, and I recently found a to-do list app that has been a huge lifesaver for me. My calendar is also full of reminders and things to do for my businesses.
How much time do you spend working?
Oh I couldn’t tell you for sure because it’s so random right now. But I’d guess around 20 hours a week. Give or take.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
Feeling rejected. Whether that’s extended family seeming unsupportive, friends ignoring my texts, or looking at my sales and seeing a big $0 with having no idea how to get it to change.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
A grandmother who had purchased books from a party I had sent me photos of her infant grandson with a book she purchased in his hands and a huge smile on his face. She shared how much he loved the book and it made my whole day! I feel accomplished when I feel like I’ve helped or encouraged a family to grow closer together, and I really think books do that.
How much do you earn from your Usborne Books + More and reselling businesses?
It really depends on how much work I put into them and how many sales I get since it’s all commission based. But since I launched my businesses, with Usborne Books + More I’ve made over $1,000 and with reselling I’ve made over $500 I believe.
What has this additional source of income meant for you and your family?
Wow, it’s been such a huge blessing to my family! We were able to purchase a house and the extra finances helped us pay for moving and getting those first home necessities.
It also helped pay for a mission trip my husband and I went on in October. Plus, with my Usborne Books + More biz, I’ve been able to grow our home library. Watching my 1 ½ year old run to her bookshelf while pointing and yelling “boosh! Boosh!” (her current word for “book” haha) and come back with a book I got for free always makes my heart happy. She’s learned about textures, colors, letters, numbers and more through these books and I am so excited to watch her and our other kids grow up with them.
How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?
When I’m home, I’m home. I usually leave my phone in another room and don’t respond to anything while I’m with my family. Although I am doing all these side-hustles in addition to my 9-5 for my family, I don’t want to miss their childhood because I was too busy working! I want to be present as much as I can with my children and my husband.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to sell their own Usborne Books + More or resell products?
Find your “why!” Why are you doing this business? Because although I love my businesses and I do a little happy dance every time I get a sale, there are still hard days where I feel like I’m doing it all wrong. Get creative and find a community that supports you. Pray. A lot. Ask God to give you wisdom, discernment and favor. Your business won’t go very far if you don’t have God at the center of it.
What does your ideal business look like?
This is going to sound funny, but I have a picture in my mind of me sitting in my currently nonexistent office, with my nonexistent iMac with the window cracked, hearing the pouring rain fall while I sip a cup of tea and get some work done while my kids are taking their afternoon nap / quiet time.
Frankly, my ideal business is where I have the freedom of time to be home with my kids and the freedom of finances to be able to bless other families in addition to creating memories with my own.
Behind the Business
Sarah Shaver is a 20-something wife and mama of two. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Sarah and her husband moved to Birmingham, Alabama in June 2015 to attend ministry school. This is when she started blogging and intentionally documenting life. Her family, lovingly known as “the Shaver Crew” is obsessed with Jesus, fun, laughter, quality time and yummy food!
She is the owner of two businesses – Shaver Closet (Instagram: @shavercloset) and Usborne Books + More. Her heart is to share things that help you build your family, encourage you, make you laugh, and help strengthen your relationship with our Savior. You can see Sarah’s family, her businesses + find some encouragement on her blog and follow her on Instagram: @sarahmshaver.