Now is an exciting time in freelancing and entrepreneurship. Anybody who truly wants to be self-employed and has the means and know-how can make money without a traditional 9 to 5. Guess what? I’m one of them.
This is not a new thing obviously, as I have been a freelancer since a teen, doing everything from sewing, hairstyling, make up, and graphic design to baby sitting and care giving for the elderly. If it’s doable, I have possibly done it.
The cool thing is that I haven’t changed. While I run Ambitious Diva Company full-time, I am always trying new things and new opportunities. Partly because I can’t sit still. Aside from that, why NOT? First, contrary to some peoples belief, as a business owner (or employee either, really) you don’t have to ONLY be able to do one thing. Second, new experiences foster innovation and trying other things just may result in the next big thing for me. Lastly, multiple streams of income give me more options and can be a protection if some other part of my business doesn’t work out. After all, there is more than one way to skin a cat. (No animals were harmed in the writing of that adage : *)
I know by now you’re wondering, okay what can I try new, that makes me money part or full-time, and that I might actually enjoy? Easy, I’ll tell you3 super fun money making opportunities that I have jumped onto within the past 30 days:
1. Mary Kay Independant Beauty Consultant
Why? Had you heard my story that I started my design career as a teen making flyers for my mom and her fellow Mary Kay consultant friends to help them all market their businesses? Well, my love for Mary Kay started the moment mom starting consulting over 15 years ago. She took me to meetings and I eventually joined the company at 18 while still in beauty college but I never finished school and decided to start working a corporate gig. Fast forward to 2008, I rejoined because, hey, I thought it could be another means of income while I worked full time at an oil refinery, except there were hardly any women to share the product and opportunity with and I was too shy to ask the guys. Fast forward again to 2014 and I have a nice little business helping women with redefining success and helping them to make money by connecting with more people. Hm, I have a caseload of women who I speak to and influence and I speak to them about marketing, design and personal branding, and occasionally share beauty and fashion tips to help them tell a compelling, attractive story so, um, yeah, why not add in the service of providing an actual product that can help them achieve that look they want? It was a no brainer. Plus, after more than 12 years, I am a LOT less shy and can sell ice to an Alaskan.
How much fun? Lots. Girls just want to have fun and they LOVE looking good. I know I do. So for me, I can roll in skin care education and makeup application plus share the best products to create a look all when consulting with my clients on their business storyboard (marketing and brand strategy).
How much money? Mary Kay consultants can make a 50% profit on products they sell, plus commissions on qualified sales from recruits and recruits of recruits. Note: Of course, if you are interested in a non-pushy, non-scary Mary Kay consultant/recruiter to work with, holla at ya gurl.
2. Lyft driver.
Why? It was a fun idea and I wanted to try something new. It all started when I’d gotten an email from Lyft with a credit to ride using their service and I logged into the app. I hadn’t remembered signing up so I was like, hey, free ride, I should try this. Then, once in the app, they had this cute little balloon icon that made me smile. And then a cute logo. And then a great user experience. And then the button asking if I wanted to be a driver. I pushed it. I mean, they kinda made me do it with all the magnificent copy, branding and videos. I couldn’t resist.
How much fun? Honestly, I don’t know just yet because I haven’t taken my mentor drive yet (the car inspection and driving test). HOWEVER, my mentor called me this morning and I think I might be in love with him. Lyft sends the mentors picture to you and likely sent mine to him because the platform is all about community and engagement PLUS they have a heavy emphasis on security and want you to be able to recognize any Lyft drivers or passengers and I said all that to say that I think my Lyft mentor is adorable and he has a nice voice. I promise I won’t stalk him…or steal his cars pink mustache and use it as a bed pillow.
Other cool things I look forward too are fist bumping my mentor and passengers (the Lyft official greeting), late night meetups with other drivers, and giving my passengers hand-lettered cards and drawings that I’ll possibly do on the spot.
How much money? Lyft drivers are paid in some cities $35/hour and in others, by voluntary donations not to be in excess of $500 (I wish a rider WOULD give me $500, woo lawd.) Balance that out with mileage, maintenance and reimbursement and you’re making a little less in the long run. Also a cool thing is while you must maintain your own car insurance to be a driver, Lyft insures you in addition while you are “on the clock”.
3. Darby Smart Designer.
Why? Well, since Darby Smart is a subscription box service and source of craft projects and supplies, you pretty much know why. I am a true artist and designer. I saw that I could submit one of my projects in order to be selected as a designer. I didn’t know whether they would like my Michael Jackson inspired leather glove-ring but months later, they emailed me and told me I was in. Much like Skillshare, Udemy and CreativeLive, all of which I have submitted proposals for, you have to have your project and instructions approved before moving forward with posting it as an official site project. I’m in the process of designing my project now, making it easy to follow for subscribers and attractive enough to make them want to make it.
How much fun? Being in my creative flow is like hypnosis. I get so lost into the intricacies of design and construction of a project that I shut out all else that is going on in the world. It’s a haven for me, a peaceful place. Additionally, it reminds me of a project I had in the sixth grade where I had to write out step-by-step, meticulous instructions in How To Make A Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Not only do I get to make the “peanut butter and jelly sandwich”, much like someone giving instructions, I have to break the project down into really obvious steps, teaching others how to duplicate this really cool piece of art.
How much money? Actually, I don’t know. Yeah, I can’t say I read any print after “Become A Darby Smart Designer”. What I do know is I was given $50 in Darby Smart credits to shop their supply store for items to create the project. Once my final project is approved and up on the site, depending on the popularity of my kit, I could be BALLIN’. Essentially, it all depends on the success of my sales, but is probably somewhere around 30% for each kit sold since the platform does all supplies, promotions, sales and order fulfillment and all I did was make something cool.
Whatever you do, research the perks, the costs, and the risks. Try it out and if you like it, have fun!
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