Do the hustle…

Do the side-hustle that is. Who doesn’t like making a little extra “coin” each month? I’ve pretty much determined God created me to make money. I love being productive, but I love getting paid to be productive even more. There is something about “extra” income that allows me to spend a tad more care free than my typical frugal self would.

I budget for approximately $150/month in side-hustle money. In reality I average between $300 to $500 in extra income, but I like to be a little conservative and anticipate a lesser amount. Tutoring use to be my only means of additional income, but I have began expanding my horizons and bringing in the benjamins through other means.

For example, I never really anticipated, and still don’t really attempt to make money blogging. I knew people out there did it, but I never really was that in to it. Well, come to find out, there is a secret equation that leads to monetization. It goes a little something like this…
I blogged for 8 months in 2009 and walked away with $800 in blogging income. The blogging income paid for my cable/internet ($93/month) and an occasional guilt trip run to Jack in the Crack Box.

Not only has tutoring proven to be extremely lucrative ($40/hr), but it has also lead to additional sources of income. I have become pretty good friends with most of the families I work with and they have began asking me to housesit for them. Did you know people actually pay you to eat their food, swim in their pool, and watch their TV? Housesitting is quite possibly the most epic job of all time. I usually get about $100 for a weekend gig. Little do these families know, I would totally pay them a $100 for a weekend at their place… it’s like a mini vacation. I was asked to housesit this weekend and twice in February, so I’m stoked.

So bloggity blog bloggers, What are your 2010 side hustle goals? ? Are you obsessed with finding alternative means of income? Like I mentioned earlier, I make about $500 each month… what’s your number?