As a woman in her late fifties, it’s a hard thing to hear that 35 percent of women live in poverty. Nobody ever sets out to live in poverty, so I don’t like the culture of pointing fingers when someone comes up short. I see it all the time, the comments about how they should have saved more, or worked harder. We like to add public shaming to poverty.

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I’d rather figure out ways to earn more money to make the situation better. As I’ve mentioned in this post, I haven’t been a high earner for a good portion of my life, but it shouldn’t relegate me to living in poverty.

Side hustles can put some money in the coffers. It’s not easy but it’s possible.

I can do hard things. So can you.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible”

~Audrey Hepburn

If you’ve been reading up on this subject for a hot second, you know that stories of side hustles abound. Someone makes $1,000 monthly on Medium. Or maybe someone has made 10k monthly from starting a newsletter, or freelance writing. You get the picture. Everyone is making big bucks.

It’s tempting to say all of these stories are fake, but that’s not the case. True, there are a bunch of snake oil salesman out there telling you it’s a piece of cake and you can do it to, all with a minimal investment in time.

I think it can be done, just not as easily as some would make it sound.

You can do things to improve your situation!

I want you to do this with me. I want you to start your side hustle. But I want you to do it with your eyes wide open.

Settle in for the long haul.
If you spend any time reading side hustle posts, you’ve come across the ones that give you the hard truths, even as they share their 1k monthly income. Regardless of the side hustle, they all have one thing in common. You have to put in the time and the work.

Writing regularly on your blog, creating more low content books for your Amazon shop, pitching to businesses for freelance writing are just some of the ways you settle in for the long haul. You put in the time.

One at a time, please.
I have some serious issues with having a dozen ideas in the works. All the plates spinning, trying to get something to take off.

This is a problem.

I doubt I will ever be able to focus solely on just one project to the exclusion of everything else for one year, but I don’t think I have to. Yes, I have to settle in for the long haul to get it going, and most likely money won’t come in for a while. But it’s doable to onboard a new side hustle venture once you get going. But you have to wait until you get some time under your belt with your first side hustle. Get the systems set up. So I could perhaps scale back on the gazillion other ideas while I got at least one side hustle off the ground. How about you? Can you do that?

I’ve seen several posts about people’s goals for 2022. Some have a dozen ideas for businesses, one for each month. Maybe that works. But ask yourself, can you realistically devote the time to put forward a quality product with twelve of them on your list for the year? You, not someone else.

For those of us with a mind that spins wildly, I suggest we whittle down the list a bit to say, four or six, side hustle tries this year. What do you think?

I’m not here to squash anyone’s ideas for money making. On the contrary. I want us all to do it and succeed.

What ideas would you like to explore for a side hustle this year?