I’ve always been a big fan of the side hustle. I’m a points collecting, coupon clipping, app downloading, hustlin mama.
My friends over at The Salty Mamas have a great micro hustle Monday feature I really enjoy so I wanted to start my own weekly feature and share my favorite ways to make a few extra bucks.
So let’s kick things off with one of my favorites – Ebates!
If you’re shopping online and not using Ebates yet, stop reading this and just go sign up now. Seriously, you need this in your life. Every couple months I get a check anywhere from $20-$50. It’s always a nice surprise to get a check in the mail instead of bills!
All you have to do is click your store of choice on their site first, and then you get a percentage back on whatever you buy. And it works with Amazon too, so if you are a Prime junkie like me, it really adds up. Plus you automatically get $10 back after your first purchase, so that’s a pretty good return on a small investment of your time
And of course you get credit for friends that sign up so if you want to do something nice today, please show some love and use my referral link 😁
I decided to update my original post, because a few interesting things happened since I wrote this. Instead of backing off, sales moms seemed to take this as a challenge! Like, “That person didn’t sell it right, no you really need this, here try mine.”
My original post follows, along with updates:
If all you do is post about your home business, I’ve probably already stopped following you. If you are a well-rounded status poster that sneaks it in there when relevant, then you and I can still be friends. (This is still true)
So unless I am actually interested in said business, right now I do not need any leggings, fitness shakes, essential oils, purses, sports drinks, cookware or expensive skincare. Nor am I interested in joining your team and spending all my time bugging my friends to buy my stuff. (OK, so I have to confess, I got sucked into Jamberry nail wraps. I even agreed to do a Facebook party. So I did actually bug all my friends to come to my “party” all so I could get some free Jamberry stuff. Will I do it again? No. I didn’t enjoy being a pushy salesperson. And of course I was invited to join the team. I cannot imagine doing that over and over. It’s just not my thing.)
Yes I understand plenty of you enjoy it and make good money doing it. I’m glad you guys have a passion for what you do. It’s just lately it seems like every time I meet a new mom, she wants to sell me something. I’m happy to hear your sales pitch once, get it out of the way, then let’s just be friends. (This seems about half and half. I have met some new moms who are cool about their sales jobs, but some are just overly wrapped up in it)
If you guys threw more parties and plowed me with alcohol, I’d be more into it. I did go to one R&F get-together because I was promised mimosas and I’d get to wash my face. (my needs are simple) My face felt great, but not “sign up for the monthly delivery program and spend just under $200,” great. I’d need WAY more mimosas to agree to that. (The only party I’ve been invited to so far was my own, and it was on Facebook. BTW, that is NOT what I meant by Party)
To be honest, I really would like to try that LipSense stuff, but one girl I know selling it sent me a sample of a bland color and no gloss so I didn’t get how I was supposed to test it out if I couldn’t even follow the directions she sent with it that expressly said to use it only with their special gloss. All it did was feel weird, then dry and weird. I think someone should throw a LipSense party where we all try a bright color and then eat and drink different things to test out the staying power. That’s the sort of thing I’d be into. (A funny thing happened after posting this – a LipSense rep read it and contacted me. I was impressed by her ballsy approach and blatant disregard for my rant about leaving me alone and actually agreed to sample it again. Guess what? I loved it. I bought 3 tubes and later went back for more. I even briefly contemplated being a rep but decided not to add anything else to my very full plate.)
So this concludes my random rant about everyone pushing their agenda. You guys keep on pushing! Just, you know, not at me, lol. (As a side note, I actually admire those who can do the pushy sales thing. It’s not me. I’m more like, you want to buy this? Cool. You don’t? Cool. I’m much better at reviewing and presenting info. I’m more of a passive sales person.)
**P.S. – Just to be clear, I’m Not a rep, this post was not sponsored by anyone and the links go directly to the product website.
Now that I’m finally getting some sleep I feel like I might be able to get back to work a little bit. Not a full-on business again at this point, but just getting back to making things and keeping my skills sharp. If you don’t know already, I make cosplay accessories and costumes. And I do a LOT of Wonder Woman stuff so I really missed out on capitalizing on this whole movie release and everything so here I am a little late in the game but getting back on it.
I realized it was time to get busy when I checked my sad and empty Etsy page and found my views had gone up 530%…on an empty shop! Dang! So I stayed up a little late last night and did a Facebook live post on my page showing how I make some of the WW accessories: https://www.facebook.com/SewGeekMama
I’m about to reach my 1000th sale on there! I’ve been on there for nearly 10 years so I’ve had some time to work on it. I added some of my finished products, and also the materials I use to make and mold things.
Next up I’ll be making more of the kids accessories. I would have gone crazy to have real looking WW cuffs and tiara when I was little! I was happy running around with my cardboard cut-outs and Crayola stars, lol. Well, time to get to work!!
I’m currently in the process of closing my business I’ve run for the past 11 years. I grew it from a little kitchen table eBay enterprise to a real brick and mortar boutique. It was something I dreamed about doing since I was little. I wanted to grow up and own a costume store, so that’s what I did.
I’ve always had my own business. I started at 6, coloring rocks and selling them door-to-door. I can only imagine if there was an Internet back then, I’d have a rock decor empire by now. I started this business making costumes myself and then expanded into retail and then manufacturing my own line of corsets and costume items.
I always said if I had a baby, I’d just keep right on working, and I did just that for the first year. In fact, I couldn’t wait to get back to work. Then a funny thing happened and I couldn’t wait to get back home. Instead of thinking about work all the time, I was looking at photos posted by the daycare and seeing my son playing, painting, learning and doing all the things I wanted to share with him. And here I was, stressing out over other people’s orders and watching my son grow through pictures.
So I decided to take on a new job. If I was going to be a stay at home mom, then darn it, I was going to embrace it and become CEO SAHM. And to do that, I needed to cut out all the distractions and close my store and main website. But, I also can’t stop doing what I love! So I will continue to make costume things for my Etsy shop when I can. I’m not pressuring myself to crank out a huge inventory, or take a lot of custom orders. I plan to just go back to making what I want and posting it for sale.
And if you happen to like costumes, corsets or cosplay – check out the site before I shut it down Dec. 15th. Everything is marked down below wholesale, and there is a still a good bit left: www.3MusesBoutique.com