10 ways to earn extra money in a small town

Are you from a small town? Have you just moved to one? Are you trying to figure out how to earn some extra money? I’ve been there! Allow me to share some ideas that have worked for me and several friends in the past when we needed to earn some extra money.

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10 ways to earn extra money in a small town

Babysitting-

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Good and reliable babysitters are always in high demand! Whether it be for the work day, after school, or just for the occasional date night. If you love kids and this is something for you, advertise on social media, but don’t stop there! Make a flyer to put up at the local grocery store. Let people know when you’re available and whether you’re more comfortable coming to them or having them drop the kiddos off with you.

Tutoring-

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My best friend is a teacher and has a great side hustle tutoring students throughout the school year and even several weeks during the summer. It has worked out amazingly for her! She has a set clientele and never worries about extra money for events and vacations.

Part-time jobs-

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A lot of small business owners can’t always afford a full time employee, but they may still need the extra help. It never hurts to ask. Bonus points if you walk in with a resume (that includes current contact info!). Just be up front about when you can and cannot work, most will happily work with you!

Online-

Blogging is always a nice source of extra income, but there are also other wonderful ways as well. A friend of mine does online surveys in exchange for gift cards, which is pretty cool!

Crafting-

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I know several ladies who have a Cricut or Silhouette and make vinyl decals and shirts, but even if that’s not something you’re interested in, there are still so many things you can do. You can sell hand sewn or crocheted items, and so much more. My sister-in-law makes doorhangers that she cuts herself and handpaints (after putting in long hours as a teacher).

Flipping furniture-

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Another close friend of mine was laid off from her job several years ago and used it as an opportunity to follow her passion- redoing antique furniture and selling it. She and her husband now have several successful businesses that branched off from this. Not only does she repair and paint furniture, they also do custom builds, and she is paid to decorate homes! I also recently found out that she has started helping to plan weddings because people love her tastes so much!

Offer grocery delivery-

I am always shocked at home many people in my area do not have a drivers license or access to a vehicle. People that have both have a great opportunity to either get paid to take people shopping, or go and do the shopping for that person! I know a few people who do this, but I’m a little unsure as to how much money that make doing it.

Sell gently used clothes and home decor-

  • Another friend of mine stumbled onto a GOLDMINE selling gently used ladies, babies, and kids boutique clothing. We all have kids roughly about the same age and were in groups that are specifically geared towards reselling boutique clothing. My friend Crystal was smart enough to start buying these clothes and “flipping” them for a profit. She now makes enough that she does it as a full time job!
  • I LOVE decorating my house, but when my tastes change, I enjoy selling my home decor online for a profit.

Dog walking-

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When you live in a small town, odds are that you travel for work. This can be especially hard on pets, and a dog walker in a small town could really do well!

Start a cleaning service

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A Facebook friend of mine couldn’t back to work full time once her kids were in school because there were no daycare options in her area for after school care. She took a chance and started cleaning a few houses once a week to make some extra income… This quickly turned into a full time business that actually employs three other local moms. The great thing for all of them is that they only work during school hours, so now none of them are working to pay for childcare!

Extra income in a small town

As you can see, it is not impossible to earn extra money in a small town. You may have to get creative, but you can definitely do it!

What do you think? Have I missed anything? Let me know how you earn extra money in a small town!

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Time to start working out

I posted in my goals that I intend to start working out this month. I plan to begin walking/running at least 30 minutes daily. As part of this, I am starting the C25K (Couch to 5k) program AGAIN. I love running, but it is always hard for me to get started, so that’s why I love the couch to 5k program, plain and simple it just works for me.

Another thing that I want to do is start jumping rope again. I plan to start slow- 50 jumps a day to begin with and adding maybe 10 a day? I’m not 100% sure, simply because I cannot remember the last time I jumped rope. I do know that I am planning to order a mat to jump on.

I am also using an app to keep track of my measurements as well as my weight called Body Measurements. It has reminders which work great for me, because without a reminder, I will not weigh or measure myself. I will say that I am more concerned about my measurements than my weight, I am hoping to feel more comfortable in my skin again, and to have a reason to want to buy new clothes.

Ideas?

Do you have any other ideas that might prove helpful? I would love to hear them! Please comment below.

Until next time,
Alicia

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August Goals

As we can see below, July did not go exactly as planned, but I still feel like several goals were reached, so that’s some pretty amazing progress!

Business was slow, so some of the goals that needed more money than others had to be put on the backburner. Some things, I honestly just lost motivation on. I intend to work harder in the month of August to achieve all of these goals and more.

I will be advertising more online to be able to make more money (hopefully) and put cash into savings. After that money is in savings, I will start purchasing mulch to go around the house with, then blinds for the house, then furniture for my porch, and paying for a year upfront of my Shopify store. It will be difficult, but I believe that it is more than possible.

I am currently working on my daily routine, where I will incorporate time for painting and drawing, as well as posting a new shirt design each day. I know that doing these things will draw more attention to my website and business page, therefore bringing in more income, but sometimes it’s hard to keep my eye on the ball and I get discouraged.

This month, I am making more concise fitness goals for myself. I have got to get a handle on my weight, and I also know that it is much better for my mental health when I am trying harder physically. And lets face it— I need as much going for my mental health as possible these days. My depression and anxiety seem to take hold of me at the worst possible times.

I want to be able to separate my chickens by breeds (the two main ones that I have are French Black Copper Marans and Silver Laced Wyandottes) so I need to go ahead with my plans to expand the coop as soon as possible. I will definitely be posting more about this project as the month goes on, because I am extremely excited about it!

I will keep you all updated on the progress of these goals as the month goes on!

Until next time,
Alicia

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Unsung Heroes: Birth Mothers

I have seen the amazing things that adoption has done. I have several friends that were adopted. Also, I am friends with some pretty amazing people have adopted. But you know who I think the strongest person on earth is? The birth mother.

While it takes an extremely special person to love a child that they are not biologically related to (I love my kids, but I am not a kid person), it takes a whole other level of love to carry a child for nine months, and love them enough to know that you cannot give them the life that they deserve.

A little personal…

This has been on my heart a lot lately. My mom, my siblings, and myself all did an Ancestry DNA test not long ago, and we found a relative that we didn’t know. You always hear stories, but it actually happened to us. I have a first cousin who was born in the sixties to a teenage girl, and while I do not know the entire story, I know that she was unable to keep him.

I cannot imagine the pain that she must have felt, knowing that she may never see him again. Back in those days, no one would have ever thought of DNA testing and a chance of finding each other on the internet.

I worry about how my cousins must feel. What’s it like to have a brother you never knew existed? Had they heard rumors that their mom had another child? This was probably hard for them to swallow.

I’ve been keeping in touch with my new-found cousin. My mom, my siblings, and myself have seen him several times now. I find it so funny every time I see him, he looks exactly like our uncle, there would be no denying him.

To the teenage girl who gave her son up- You are my hero. You gave him an amazing life. I wish that you could see that. I also believe that if you would meet him, you would instantly fall in love with him just like the rest of our family has.

Until next time,
Alicia

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You Don’t Have To Attend Every Party You’re Invited To…

I’ll say it again- You don’t have to attend every party you’re invited to. Those of you who know me, have probably heard me say this at least a half dozen times over the years. I probably remind myself of this every single day.

What does it mean? Well, I apply it to several situations in my life.

Anger.

Once upon a time, I had a lot of anger issues. If someone wanted to argue, I was down for it, especially if I felt that I was right, or at the very least that they were wrong. Arguing grows tiresome and can make you very weary though, so that’s when I first learned that I didn’t have to attend every party that I was invited to.

Drama.

Oh lord yall, I come from a family full of loud and proud southern women. These women are very opinionated and nine times our of ten, they feel that their way is the only way. I got included on an insane group message a few days ago. There were so many things I could think of that I really wanted to say, but guess what? You don’t have to attend every party you’re invited to.

Mental health…

This is the hardest one for me to admit. I’ve broken down and talked with several people about my anxiety and depression issues, but some of you don’t know the whole story.

Twice in my life I have truly wanted to end it all. I was done. The first time it was simply because I felt like I was not a strong enough mother for my children. We were going through a lot, and it nearly became too much to handle. I am so glad that I sought help.

The second time, a customer berated me and belittled me for weeks about an order and some mistakes that were made (on her end, not mine, funnily enough). After my last conversation with her, I was so shaken up that I sat on the side of the road, knowing that I had a loaded gun in my car and that I could end it all right there. Thank God a friend called me.

This customer came back this year, and I almost did business with her again, because things have been slow- but I remembered: You don’t have to attend every party that you’re invited to. My mental health is worth so much more than a small shirt order.

Actual Parties.

Sometimes, it’s okay to just be a homebody. I used to be the life of the party. Now, I prefer staying at home. I live for the days that I don’t have to leave my house. You don’t have to attend every party you’re invited to.

Until next time,
Alicia

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