Turn Your Creative Flair Into a Side Hustle!

When you’re a parent, it can often feel like trying to balance that and your own life can be a serious challenge. After all, most full-time jobs aren’t exactly designed to accommodate the schedules of parents and children. This often means that a lot of people end up having to choose between earning a living and taking care of their kids. However, that’s not necessarily the way things have to be! If you’re in a position where you would really like to have a little more income but you don’t want to sacrifice time with your family, why not try and set up a little side hustle? If you’re a creative, crafty person, there are plenty of ways that you can use that to set up a little business that brings in some extra money without eating up all of your time.

side hustle

Get the right tools!

If you’re going to start creating the kinds of things that people actually want to buy, whether it’s greeting cards, wedding place cards, notebooks, or anything else, you’re going to need the tools to do it. From stamps to blend markers to high-quality paper, the right tools and materials are going to lend a sense of quality to whatever you make. After all, no one wants to buy something that feels totally amateurish.

Baseball & Softball Racerback Tanks


Figure out what you’re good at.

Of course, if what you’re selling isn’t any good, it won’t matter how great your tools and materials are. You need to figure out where your own skillset lies and lean into that. Sure, there might be plenty of different things you want to try, but if there’s one thing that you do far better than anything else, it’s much better to embrace that niche so that you can really offer people something special rather than trying to do a dozen or more different things that are only kind of average.

Learn How to Run Your Side Hustle!

A crafty career can be incredibly fun but the truth is that there are always going to be parts of it that are capital W work. This is true for absolutely everything and it’s not really something any of us can avoid. That means that you’re going to have to pay attention to the boring stuff like how to set up an Etsy store, how to promote yourself on social media, how to deal with things like invoices, deliveries, and all of the other logistics of that kind of business. Sure, it’s not fun, but it’s too important for you to ignore!

Of course, as with any business venture, this is something that you’re going to have to commit at least some of your time to and if you’re not ready to do that then it probably won’t succeed very quickly. The great thing about a side hustle is that it is YOURS and you are in control! There are so many resources out there to help you get started though! 

You may also want to set up a blog to help support your store, and I can help with that! Click here for more information!


Want to Start a Blog?

Have you ever thought about starting a blog?

When I first started blogging in 2012, It was really just a way to connect with my friends and family after moving away. It quickly turned into something that I loved and I got a lot of response from my friends about what I was writing. I knew then that people were making money blogging, but I really didn’t fully understand how.
For years now, I have blogged on and off, but this year I decided to get serious about turning my blog into a business. One of the best things about starting a blogging business is that there is not a lot of overhead. Usually you can get your site started with a fairly minimal investment.

This last year, I started a completely new blog, and moved to a new host. I did a little research and decided to go with Siteground this time around. I was really nervous about moving all of my content over from Blogger, but they did everything. If I had a question, it was quickly answered, and they had my blog completely transferred and up and running in no time at all.

Of course that was just the first step! I had so much more to learn, and still do. Thankfully there are many successful bloggers out there that are willing to share their knowledge with you. I recently took a blogging class with Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom, and her insight was invaluable. Her class completely changed my outlook on blogging, and has helped me to begin to be better organized. Also, the encouragement from other bloggers about all of the unpaid hard work upfront has been very encouraging to me.

Blogging is not easy, but it is yours, it belongs to you and no one else. That is what keeps me coming back and showing up, even after I try something that hasn’t worked or just kind of flopped. That and knowing that it is possible to make a good income from your blog.

With that being said, I want to tell you about a bundle that expires tonight. I wasn’t going to post about it, because I have so much going on right now, but I think the content in this bundle is an awesome way to help you start a successful blog. I am really excited to share all that is in the bundle with you! There is so much in there it is almost overwhelming, but you can start slow and go through the information as you have time.

I can tell you it is worth having the knowledge that these bloggers provide, it could save you a lot of time and frustration. If I had known these things a long time ago, I might not have felt so lost and discouraged. So if a blog is a dream of yours, read on for more information.

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If this is a secret dream of yours like it was for me, what are you waiting for??

Why Working as a Substitute Teacher is Totally Worth It

Since 2008, I have been a stay at home mom, but last year my youngest started Kindergarten. It was really weird for me because all of a sudden there was nothing to do but clean the house all day. I thought a lot about going back to work full-time, but because of the costs of childcare it just wasn’t really worth it. Because my son has Autism, we also have therapy after school, so who was going to take him if I was working?

I looked at lots of options, but my hours were so restricted, most things just didn’t make sense. Then, I got a message from the school principal that they really needed substitutes. It took a little time for me to come around to that option, because I wasn’t sure if working with children was for me.

I needed to get out of the house and we really needed the money! 

In the middle of the school year, I decided to make the leap, because we really needed the extra income. I signed up to sub only at  my children’s school, because that was just what worked best for our family. When I first started, I didn’t have enough college credits yet to sub as a teacher, so I worked in a support role. This meant that I mostly would work with kids who had special needs or had an IEP and needed extra support in the classroom. This school year, I had enough college credits to sub as a teacher, (which pays more), so I switched into that role.

You decide when you work.

The great thing about substitute teaching is that you really make your own schedule. The great thing about subbing at your children’s school is that you are completely on their schedule. This means you plan your work schedule around appointments and field trips!

Here is an example of a day working as a substitute teacher:

We leave the house a little earlier than we normally would, so I can get signed in and to my classroom. My kids come with me into the class I am subbing in, and wait until the bell rings. They head to class and my daughter who is in middle school heads outside to catch the bus who takes all the staff kids to their school. The students come in and we get started with our day.

At some point during the day, there is an hour-long planning period while the class goes to specials. This is a great time to pay some bills or make some phone calls, and recharge for a few minutes. You take your lunch when you drop your class at the cafeteria for their lunch. Then, you finish up your day. (There is also a 30 minute recess period for the kids to get some energy out).

Some days you will help with the bus riders or car riders at the end of the school day, and my children always wait in the classroom that I was in that day for me to finish. Then, we all go home together.

It’s not too late to sign up!

Even though it is April, I would almost guarantee that most school districts are still in need of substitute teachers. So it is very likely that it is not too late to sign up, and it’s never too early to start planning for next year!

The process is going to be different everywhere, but I had to take an online class to work as a teacher substitute. This was very helpful for learning classroom management skills, and learning tips and tricks to teaching students.

Don’t worry though, your teacher will leave you all of the items you need with a very detailed sub plan. You will know exactly what to do all day long! They even leave extra work, just in case!

But you should still be prepared with your own bag of tricks just in case! Here are some items you should keep in a bag to take with you when you are subbing:

Name Tags

Erasers or Stickers  or PENCILS to give out as rewards at the end of the day.

Assorted Holiday Stamps – These are great to keep for all year. If you are in a classroom in March, stamp their paper with a holiday stamp if they are working quietly. Kids love holiday theme stuff.

Create your own Business Cards to pass out to teachers. This will put you on the teachers radar and they can call you when they need you. (You can ask the office secretary to put them in the teachers box) If you are willing to work as a teacher assistant, occasionally the school systems will allow a teacher sub to work in those positions. So let administration know that they can call you if a spot like that comes up.

Art Buddy Pack – this pack has markers, crayons, mini stamps and sidewalk chalk.

Post-it Super Sticky Notes


I hope this has got you thinking! 

Check in your area how you can become a substitute teacher!


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