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Side Hustle Test: Homemade Dog Food

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Thank for you all the feedback on my ideas for side hustle. I have decided to pursue a couple of them, beginning with homemade dog food.

The Plan

I will make batches of dog food over the next two weeks, and freeze it.

In July, I will set up shop at the local Farmer’s Market. It is open Tuesday evening and Saturday mornings.

Before then, I must come up with some sort of labeling and pricing.

The Investment

  • Time –¬† I will work the cooking and crockpot-ing around my other work.
  • Money¬† – I have budgeted $100 in start up costs. This money will have to cover food supplies, labeling, containers.
    • Label stickers including ingredient list will be printed on my home printer.
    • Ingredients and packaged food will be weighed on the scale I use for making soap.
    • Containers – maybe these? I’m thinking long term I would charge a deposit for the containers and request they be cleaned and returned. This will keep it economical and more green. Or I can sell it in Ziploc bags?
    • Food – meat, zucchini, apples to start. I have everything else in my pantry – oats, rice, frozen vegetables.

The Risk

There is limited risk with this investment. Since the food is frozen, and I will transport in a cooler, if it doesn’t sell, I can put it back in the freezer.

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If no one buys it, I can feed it to our dogs or donate it to the local shelters. I believe I will find a steady client base here locally. The idea of the social aspect of the Farmer’s Market is appealing.

I am excited about this new venture. It’s nice to be doing something outside of my day to day job.

What am I missing? Any guidance on pricing would be great? Have you ever ventured out on a small side hustle like this? How’d it go?

 


Alternative Ways to Make More Money

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The number one way to get out of debt is to spend less than you make, and for me, that means, I must make more money!

My steady clientele is slowly growing. My plan is to contract out 30 hours per week to a stable of clients. These leaves me with 10-20 hours a week for project work and additional hours from clients.

In addition, I’ve been looking for “side hustles” to make some extra money. No MLMs or things like that, been there, failed at that.

This is what I have come up with so far. Do you have any ideas to add?

Side Hustles

  1. Sell items I have around the house we no longer need or use.
  2. Selling crafts created from supplies we have on hand.
  3. Making and selling homemade dog food. (This is a new idea after hearing about a need here locally.)
  4. Selling the soap I make here at home, again with supplies I have on hand.
  5. Substitute teaching when school starts back up. (I have already applied, but haven’t heard anything yet.)

I am specifically looking for opportunities that cost no money, use things already have on hand, are not tied to my consulting business and are not labor intensive.

I’ve also been given the opportunity to work as a commission based salesperson for a local friends company. She is going to split the profit for any sales I make, giving me 90% and she will keep 10%.

More on that opportunity soon…

What other ideas do you have for me? Do you have a side hustle that you love?