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July 11, 2017 at 11:47 am #693364
@copa i have a couple side hustles. I make about $500 a month with a social media consulting business I do (I run social media sites for two businesses just based through making some connections and being asked to freelance.)
I also do the occasional photography gig – just finished up a wedding for a high school friend. Do a lot of family photos in the fall.
The most consistent though? One or two days a week retail. I make 11 bucks an hour and work less than ten hours a week and it’s mindless work. It’s my fun money/pay off debt money combined with the social media business. Getting a roommate helped too.July 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm #693368
God, I’d PAY $11 an hour for 10 extra hours a week.July 11, 2017 at 1:56 pm #693375
@veritek33 You don’t have to answer if this question is too nosey, but where do you make $11/hour working retail? I think the most I ever made working retail was like $9/hour (at Starbucks, after four years of raises).
I’ve made a really significant dent in my student loans, and should be done with those in the next year or two. (I hope — my initial goal was to be debt-free by 30, but that didn’t happen. So who knows!) Sometimes when I think about how that money could’ve been savings if I’d graduated debt-free, I feel so defeated by the system. And I’m not even in a terrible debt situation; I had full-tuition scholarships in college and law school, but even just living expenses and books and all those “extras” during that time added up. And then the interest added up. And it took me until the past couple years to really feel like I’m making decent money. All things considered, I have a pretty good situation compared to a lot of people around my age, and it STILL feels…well, hard.July 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm #693376
It IS hard. You are doing great. And good for you for actually saving up money for a down payment before buying. “Buying” a home with no equity is just renting but with less mobility (you can’t sell and move if you owe more than it’s worth or couldn’t pay a real-estate commission and other fees).July 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm #693377
@Copa the TJ Maxx family of companies is where I work part time. TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods all start pay at around 9 an hour and I’ve been there for three years.
I don’t have kids or a significant other so I have the extra ten hours a week. Hopefully that will change someday but for now I might as well make as much as I can. Almost out of debt besides my house.July 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm #693389
One of my college jobs was at Macy’s and I loved that job. The department I was assigned to was commission-based. So if I sold a lot, I made a lot. If things were slow, I think I earned minimum wage or some other flat wage. It was a higher-end department and I never even had to be terribly aggressive to have a good day there. I’d love that job as a side hustle.July 11, 2017 at 5:58 pm #693392
I’ve done freelance design/drafting work, which is good pay if you’re in that market! I charge $45-$50 an hour. Which is still way way less than if you hired a firm to design your bathroom. 🙂 I haven’t done it that often, though but occasionally something comes up.
Regarding Airbnb, I have used it when traveling solo and always rent a room from someone. So far it’s been a positive experience for me. I’m really sorry people have been giving you so much grief, MissDre- it really sounds like you are doing everything right. I agree that cheap people will want something for nothing. In my searches I have seen people note that their space is “quiet” or whatever- perhaps you can mention “Quiet hours” after a certain hour? And I have also seen people note a max number of guests- like a max of 2. Which makes so much sense. WTF with people cramming their whole family in your queen bed?!July 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm #693483
The guy said he was bringing his whole family and you said it was ok. So that’s kind of on you. And a dude who is paying for his family vacation by finding the most dirt cheap airbnb is probably not someone you want to hang out with. Time to be more discerning in who you accept.
I would invest in a deadbolt, not just a standard door lock. for your bedroom door if you’re going to keep doing this. I do think raising the price was the right idea, hope it works out better for you.
Also I think reasonable people can tell the difference between reasonable and unreasonable reviews. If I read a review that said there was paint on the carpet, I’d be like “so?” Same with a review that said it was in the suburbs when that’s clearly obvious from the map. So I wouldn’t let that discourage you too much.July 12, 2017 at 3:38 pm #693491
I guess like with any “business” you live and you learn! In the beginning I had no idea what to expect. I kind of just assumed all people would be like me.
Now that I know better, I can do better!July 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm #693509
My side hustle is Uber. I’m not in love with it but I like it well enough. I work a 40 hour week at my day job so I only do it some nights/weekends. The great part about it is I can Uber when I want and am not committed to a schedule like I would be if I got a second job.July 13, 2017 at 8:09 am #693544
I host an airbnb. We have a separate entrance basement apartment so it is a little different but people do love to complain. I think the best way to avoid complainers is to seriously vet people staying with you. The number one best way to avoid complainers is to only let people stay with you who have used airbnb before but also if anything is off with them just say no. First time airbnbers have weird expectations. For some reason they think they are staying in a hotel. You do have to have thick skin but I would say that 90 to 95% of the people are totally normal and cool though. Good luck!I hope you have a better experience with raising the price. I think that was a smart decision.July 13, 2017 at 8:13 am #693545
@vanderjohnsenberg thanks for the feedback! I did read elsewhere on an airbnb forum a bunch of questions to ask to help weed out bad guests.
One of the things mentioned was to politely remind the person that they will be staying in your personal home. I can’t remember the script as it’s saved on my home computer, but the goal is to manage the person’s expectations and remind them that airbnb is not a hotel.