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Update on my Side Hustle

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As you know, I’ve been substitute teaching since March. I got my first paycheck at the end of March…a whopping $69. Woot, woot.

That was pay for one day of work. And I’ve worked 2-3 days per week since then. And not only am I substitute teaching, but I am able to work on my own business at the same time. Can you say double dipping?! Loving it!

And I’ve been making wise decisions at the same time…taking my lunch, working through lunch and continuing to be committed to saving the income from this side hustle.

I have definitely learned that I prefer the high school to the middle school. But I’m going to dip my toes in at the elementary school next week. So wish me luck!

Because I’m not really sure what this income looks like, and it will end next month for the summer, I have not accounted for it in my budget. Since I had already planned to rebuild my savings account and pay additional monies to debt with it, I think it’s okay.

But I’ve definitely decided to continue doing it. I enjoy being at school with Princess. While I haven’t taught any of her classes, I am enjoying getting to know some of the kids and getting to see her during the day. It makes my homeschooling mom’s heart happy.

 

 


Side Hustle in Full Effect

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As previously mentioned, after a year of waiting, I was hired as a substitute teacher. (I applied last Spring when Gymnast and Princess started at the public schools.) At the time, I didn’t know many details.

The Financial Details

Well, I have officially started! It pays $75 per day for one off substituting. And I’ve already booked 4 days.

I’ll get paid at the end of every month. As expected, I can take or leave assignments as they fit in my schedule. It’s perfect for where I’m at with my business.

Last week, I taught chorus and theater at the high school. This week, I’m teaching 6th grade at the middle school and then cosmetology at the high school. This means I’ll net an $300 extra at the end of April. (Possibly more if I pick up more days over the next few weeks.) Score!

My first day of substitute teaching selfie – do I look like a teacher?

What’s really nice is that I can use the “planning” period and lunch to check in on my own work, and the schools get out at 2:45pm so I’ve got several hours of work time at the end of every day without staying up too late. (Not to mention, many of my clients are on the west coast so the timing is perfect to get in touch with them.)

Another great advantage is that it will help with my taxes as I requested additional taxes be taken out so I’m not behind next year. Woot, woot!

Looking Forward

I do think I will stick with the middle school and high school, as I don’t think I have the personality or energy level for younger kids. But I’m super stoked about this additional stream of income for the next couple of months. (And I’ll be automatically eligible to substitute next school year as well.)

Since we are living reasonably well off my business income, this “extra” will be budgeted for debt and savings only. And I do know I owe you a new budget and plan. I will get some time on those next week. This week…I’m booked solid with work! (This is such a wonderful feeling!)

 


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