Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Results of my Winter Side Hustle. (A Lesson You Can Learn From)

What can you expect?

Over the winter I decided to do something to earn some extra money.  I didn't think it would be a huge deal, just something to earn a little bit extra money over the last few months.  It ended up working better than I thought it would.

I started to put up ads for snow removal on Craigslist and even knocked on some doors.  However most of my luck came from the craigslist ads.  Currently having a job, I didn't want to invest into a truck and snow plow so I decided to just use the family shovels that we already had.  Sure it took longer to remove the snow, but it didn't cost anything, and paid pretty well.

I believe the most important part of getting people to call me from Craigslist was my ad.  I forgot where I learned this technique for writing my ad, but I wrote it in a way to trigger peoples feelings.
The Results of my Winter Side Hustle. (A Lesson You Can Learn From)

I wrote a few bullet points saying things like give me a free call if:

-You would like to spend more time with your family this winter.
-Stay warm in your house instead of freezing outside.
-Imagine how much better your back will feel when you are able to relax by the fireplace.

These all trigger feelings in the brain.  Maybe you are someone who hates to shovel and you probably felt like "yeah you know what, being able to spend time with my kids this winter would be amazing! I'm going to give him a call right now."

Whatever kind of ad you are writing for a side hustle should tap into peoples feelings.  It shows you care about the people reading your ad, and helps them visualize how it will feel to purchase your product/service.  Your customer must have some sort of great feeling when visualizing your service in order to call you and decide to choose you over the next guy.

There is a lot of competition but you shouldn't let that stop you.  You will still find the right customers, or they will find you.

My results

To be honest I was happy with the result.  I ended up getting a few customers that call me whenever they need their yards shoveled.  It helps them and me, they don't have to worry about shoveling their walkways, and I get to worry less about finances.

I ended up making a little under $500 which may not sound like very much, but it was a nice chunk of extra money for mostly relying on an ad on Craigslist, and waiting to get some snow.  It was a pretty simple stepping stone to get closer to saving up the $5000 I want to save by the end of this year.

Closing thoughts

I am sure if you put in just as much effort as I did you have the potential to make way more than I did and help even more people with whatever your service is.  If you would like to have some extra money in your pocket starting a side hustle is a great way to do so!  A side hustle is whatever work you decide to do and is pretty relaxing.  You are your own boss and you decide how and in which ways you work.  The downside is that you have to take some extra time and effort to get customers, but it really isn't much extra work and the time and effort you spend is worth it.  If you need extra money I would recommend it because it is more fulfilling than a job and gives you a sense of accomplishment every time you make your customers happy.

Give it a try and comment your side hustle below and why you are starting it, I would love to hear your unique journey!

Thank you so much for reading, as always,
Make the best of today,

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