It’s Time To Hustle

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Last week I shared my tips on how to save your coins. It's definitely not an easy thing to do, especially if you're not making enough in the first place. On the radio, I heard about a survey that said over half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. This doesn't surprise me whatsoever. Most of us work day in and day out just to make ends meet when all we want and need is a vacation to recharge.

In the past three years, I've had 6 jobs. Each time I've increased how much I make an hour but I'm still not making enough to be 100% independent. If you live in the DMV area, you understand. As a returning student, I'm only able to work part-time as my fall schedule requires me to be in class from 9-3, Monday & Wednesday. My internship has thankfully asked me to stay for the fall semester so I don't have to worry about finding a new job but the missed hours will cause me to struggle more financially. The CEO asked me how many hours I thought I could work while attending classes and when I said 30, he was surprised and thought I'd say 10. HA!  I have way too many bills to work only 10 hours a week.

I recently took a new look at my income now vs. when I'll have to work part-time and... I panicked. I will make enough to pay all my bills but not much left to save or use for other things. Another blow to the gut was knowing that the rent I pay to my family will be going up. I also realized that I pay for gas more than anything else. About $250 a month to be exact. That's what happens when your commute is an hour plus each way. How am I going to continue to save a substantial amount if I barely make enough in the first place?!

I am not ok with living paycheck to paycheck so I have to find a way to make up the lost income. I'm not ready to start freelancing design services just yet but what I can do is sell artwork online. Not overnight of course since I'll need to actually create work people would want but in time it could easily make up the money. I'm thinking of uploading art on Society6 and Threadless Artist Shops. If you don't know, artists can upload their work to be printed on all types of things like T-shirts, mugs, phone cases, totes... etc. The company takes care of shipping so it's less stress. There are downsides though like you only get 10% of the sale on Society6. It makes sense that they get a big cut of the profit as they do most of the work but damn... only 10%? Threadless gives you 60% but they're less known so the site doesn't get as much traffic.

Now that I've told you my problems, I need your help. What kind of art do you like? I would be creating digital illustrations so any suggestions on things you'd actually purchase are appreciated!

Photo by Nick Morrison on Unsplash

Asia Reynolds