How I Make Money With Side Hustles...
I’ve always had a “typical job” with some kind of side hustle sprinkled on the side.
When I was a teacher I photographed musicians for Alternative Press magazine. This photo gig was a freelance opportunity I landed by messaging one of the editors on MySpace. I was 16 and made $100 for every single photo they used of mine for their magazine.
I’m someone who has never been afraid of hearing “no” - one of the worst things you can do is want something so badly and not go for it!
Want to learn more about my side hustles and streams of income?
Here are my streams of income that I have built this year:
Social Media Management
About 5 years ago a very small company on Instagram reached out to me seeking help with creating content, building a “theme”, and overall didn’t want to manage their own account. With zero experience at the time, I gave it a shot. I charged a decent amount monthly for me to pour as much passion and love into their account as I do my own. It worked! Throughout the years I have had small companies or bloggers need help with someone posting on their account. Today, I do this here and there but mainly have pulled back to focus solely on my own account.
Since creating Bloggers Live Boston, a female-only blogging and influencer community based all over New England I receive DMs and emails asking for help with Instagram. I realized working in Influencer Marketing and being an influencer myself… I had a lot of knowledge to offer and wanted to help girls feel confident when working with brands and building their social presence.
Media-Kit & Rate Sheets for Bloggers & Influencers
I shared the reasons behind needing a media kit in an Instagram post and quickly had my inbox fill up asking me where and how to make a media kit.
During the start of the pandemic, I was furloughed from my Influencer Marketing job and truly put my side hustles to work. I made over 60 media kits for bloggers, influencers, and small business owners for only $30 - Today, I still make them! So if you’re interested? Just ask!
Wix Website Building (under my husband’s company, Let’s Design Your Site)
Again, with COVID rearing its ugly head I was in a tailspin on how to work off my credit card debt and car payment. It was a blessing to be able to work alongside my husband, Dave at his company, Let’s Design Your Site. After several months I was building Wix websites for clients all around the world.
Now, I am back at my marketing job but continue to work alongside him as a part-time designer. I couldn’t be more proud and thankful for him and the amazing team he's built.
Looking to build your website? Letsdesignyoursite.com
With a background in photography, quality content means a lot to me. Nothing against iPhone photos! I know you got to work with what you have.
I realized that even when I only had 900 followers I could still work with big brands. Maybe I was too small to promote for them but I knew I could create captivating high-quality content for them. To this day there are brands I do not “collaborate” with on social but I have created several images for them for their own marketing usage (email campaigns, social posts, website, etc)
Have a side hustle or a passion project? This your reminder to do your thang, girl!
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