Does money grow on palm trees?  Well, if it did, things would be a whole lot easier, wouldn’t they? But since it doesn’t, I’ll just have to commit to working hard but most importantly, by finding ways to make money that fit my lifestyle…

I’ve always been a hard worker. I’ve excelled at every job I’ve ever had. I don’t want to sound like I’m tooting my own horn, but I’ve always been very organized, efficient, an excellent multi-tasker, I work well with others, yada yada yada. Before this starts sounding like a resume, just let me say that I’ve always been recognized for the hard work I do. However, I don’t feel I’ve ever been paid what I’m worth and I know it, yet that never stopped me from working my tail off – it’s just in my nature to do a good job and one of  my biggest pet peeves is lazy people in the workplace.

Now that I’m a little older and wiser, I’m ready to redirect the energy I’ve used to make other people money towards doing something for myself. I’m not looking to get rich. I’m just looking for a way to fund our travels and our very simple lifestyle. I have such a wide variety of interests and one reason I was so excited to start this blog was because it was one of the few ways I could incorporate several of my interests (writing, social media, the internet, graphic design, etc.) into one thing that can help others and also that can potentially one day become a source of income for myself. I’m not doing this for the money, but if someone offered to pay you for doing something that you were already doing and that you enjoy, would you take it? I sure would! That being said, to make money via your blog, it takes work and doesn’t happen overnight, but that’s another post.

I mentioned in a previous blog post that my goal was to save $10,000 by the end of 2013. According to we’ll need to save over $1600 per month. Well, that’s not looking too realistic at this point, mainly because there are a few things that we want and need to do to the boat, and that will eat a lot of our extra money, but anything is possible, so I’m leaving it at that.

Now, more about my July “side hustles”. This is basically a term I use to describe all income that doesn’t come from my main job, which I do from the boat. I will be posting my monthly income derived from side hustles at the end of each month/beginning of the next so that you can see that it’s possible and maybe it will spark an idea for you, too!

EXTRA INCOME IN JULY (after all expenses such as PayPal deductions,  shipping costs):

Selling items online : $100
Virtual Assistant Work (Website Tweaks): $111
Finding Money on the Ground (SCORE!): $40
TOTAL: $251.00

(cue up the sound effects) Wah-wah-wah…

Ok, so this is nowhere near my goal for the month, but I’m not considering it a failure. I could wax poetic about how several other things demanded my attention, I didn’t have that much time to dedicate to side income, blah blah blah, but excuses don’t do me any good. This extra income was from selling a few things and a virtual assistant job for an online vintage store that needed me to make a few tweaks to their website, and I found 40 bucks on the ground outside the market one day which was awesome! I also put back a little savings from my “regular” job and we cut back on spending as well. Even though I didn’t meet my initial goal, we’re closer to our goal than we were before. Let’s hope August brings a better number!

Do you have ways that you earn extra money on the side? Share them in the comments!

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