The days are gone were having one job is enough to support your entire household. In late 2011, I started my own side hustle, The Editing Nerd, and BOOM I am blessed with extra income. Every week, I will highlight small businesses (side hustles) of my friends from Twitter, Facebook or the blog! If you are interested in having your side hustle featured, please email me at email@example.com!
Side Hustle: Private Bartending
After bailing out on college with a measly Associate’s Degree, I found myself stuck in a rut! I was getting older and thought that my life needed more than the 9 to 5 I had been used to for 7 years. Barely making enough to keep up with car payments, I had to do something quick! Hustle: Bartending/Reselling
I did a few paid internships in my graduating field but had to cut that lower than minimum wage, website updating, research-slash-taking boring notes during boring conferences for no reason at all waste of time out!
Thinking smart, I decided to keep my 7 year full time job until I decided what I was going to do.
One summer, after a long and unsatisfying week on the job, me and a couple girlfriends went to a local nightclub and I absolutely fell in love with the bartender there. She was amazing and her tip jar was so full, money was falling on the floor! She had to have been the main event because she had the whole deck bar to herself. She was the bomb. Pouring 3 and 4 bottles at a time, taking orders without actually looking up at the customers and had time to school me on the wonderful world of “getting money!”
Boom! That was it. I was going to bartend. I enrolled in a 2 week mixology course, got certified and started bartending at a spot just a few days after. The money was bananas!! I stayed at that spot for a little over 2 years and started doing private parties. Even more money!! I recently decided to take it up a notch by teaching private event bartending.
Took a side hustle and am turning it into a full time business!!
Now, my new “side hustle” (side hustle to the once side hustle) is my new baby – consignment but not so much – it’s more like reselling but with a little twist. I’ve been collecting inventory for a very long time and can’t wait to launch my online store.
These days, a side hustle is necessary. Having that extra income is definitely helpful in so many ways. With today’s economy, you never know where or how your current employment situation is going to pan out. Consider your side hustle as a Plan B. You know, just in case. Better safe than sorry. Besides, doing something you want to do and love is more fulfilling than anything.
Private Event Bartender
Twitter: @xunder21 (bartending)
Twitter: @herdirtydiapers (personal page)