My first side hustle was in 7th grade. I went to school one day with some Little Debbie Nutty Bars in my lunch. Somebody offered me a dollar for one of them (sucker!). I took that dollar, bought another box of Nutty Bars, and sold all six packs for a dollar each. My awesome little 12-year-old self had netted a $6 profit in one day, and the entrepreneur in me was born. Over the next several months, I amassed an empire the likes of which Connolly Junior High had never seen. Soda, candy, Little Debbies, and treats were provided by yours truly. I shopped sales, established a clientele, and eventually had to carry two bags to school: one for my school supplies, and one for my store.
Through the years I have had other side hustles, but the Backpack Snack Shop was one of the most profitable.
|A trunk full of raw material|
About a year ago we had a storm blow through our area, and the park behind our house lost several massive trees. At the time I was thinking of stockpiling firewood for our fireplace, so I started bringing logs home from the park. I took my Greenworks electric chainsaw to the park, cut it into pieces (with the city's permission of course) that I could move on my own, and started to pile the wood at the side of my house.
|Get this party started|
I took my chainsaw out again, cut discs from the logs until my arms got tired, and listed my wood discs on several sites. By the end of the first day I had received almost 20 messages from people interested in buying them. By the end of the second week I had sold over $100 in wood discs.
|Look at that sawdust!|
All of the money went into an envelope, and by the end of the year we had saved enough for a trip to Disneyland! The trip wasn't entirely paid for by the side hustle, but it was made possible by contributors like the side hustle foundation!
Here's to a 2019 filled with free wood and people looking to purchase mass quantities of 1.5" thick wood disks 10"-12" in diameter!