I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about work. This was more of the “how is work going” kind of talk, but then it morphed into my ever so popular side hustles. Most of my friends know I work on the side. They just don’t know how hard I work ;). When friends pry, I don’t mind spilling the beans. They typically don’t understand how I can make money blogging, but that is not my problem. I tell them the honest truth about it and how hard I work each and every night. There is a ton of work going on in my household once my son goes to sleep. My fingers are tamping down on plastic keys until midnight comes around. While most think it is cool, they also think I work too much. I do, but I have goals. I’m a side hustler, baby!
I’m No Slouch
This particular conversation turned into what we do on the weekends and at nights. My friend comes home, eats dinner, then relaxes in front of the TV or with Netflix on. I, on the other hand, come home, play with son and hang out with my wife. When my son goes to bed, my wife and I eat dinner. Most nights I watch a little tube with her, but then when she heads off to bed, I get down to business. I am a night person through and through. I can run most nights easily past midnight and have no problems. I am no morning person and don’t pretend to be one. Unfortunately, my full time job calls me each and every morning during the week.
I have always been someone who works on the side. I get a thrill from building something from the ground up and it succeeding. Not everything I do works well. Hell, most things I do don’t work well, but I still keep going. I never quit. The reason? I am determined to change my financial future with my actions today. Only I have control over what happens to me financially. If I want to be financially independent, then I have to make that happen. I don’t count on winning the lottery (you can’t win if you don’t play) and I don’t plan on getting any windfalls. I will be earning my financial independence one dollar at a time.
The Slouch Vs. The Hustler
I am not really calling my friend a slouch here. That would be rude and he works quite hard during his work hours. With the term “slouch” I am referring to wasting time watching TV when you can be making money. I don’t mind watching television, but if I am, I will also be working on my computer. I multitask like the best of them. All the time I spend on my computer is possible money in my pocket. Yes, not everyone can make money on a computer, but the possibilities are growing. We show you how here on Sprout Wealth, along with traditional ways to earn more cheddar.
So, when you are sitting there watching what the real housewives of some place are bitching and complaining, I will be earning money. When you are watching mind numbing commercials one after the other, I will be making money. Do you see the trend here? While some choose to relax after a day’s work, I choose to keep grinding it out. While I am working hard now, I won’t be working hard in the future. My hard work now will pay off sooner and I will be able to make financial steps to secure my independence before most. I am not talking about retiring early. I am just talking about having many options to choose from and picking what is best for me. I work for money now, so money can work for me later.
So what about you? Are you a sloucher or a hustler?