Tweaking The Ordinary Mom Facebook Page and dipping my toes into the t-shirt business on Teespring

As I described in my last blog, I finally took action on something and started a closed Facebook page in August 2018. (https://thesidehustlejourney.com/2019/04/28/taking-action-by-starting-a-closed-facebook-page/) After purchasing the URL http://www.theordinarymom.com from WordPress and all of the extras I thought I needed in case I created a website, I had spent $98. To sign up for your own WordPress account to start your own side hustle journey, click here: https://wordpress.com/alp/?aff=13401&cid=2093430 (FYI- this is an affiliate link and I’ll make money if you sign up this way).

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Narrowing down my options and getting close to taking action

After spending my summer binging podcasts on http://www.thesidehustlenation.com during my long drives for business, in August 2018 I decided I need to create a short list and then take action on something-- anything-- to move forward on this journey.

How I spent the summer binging podcasts about side hustles

I’m on a side hustle journey. I don’t know where it will go but I’m enjoying the ride. My first attempt was to think about starting a propane delivery service. See that experience in my blog at https://thesidehustlejourney.com/2019/02/19/the-first-attempt-propane-delivery/. After researching what it would entail to start a propane delivery service, I decided it was too much work with too little margins and I didn’t think I could do it as a side hustle while keeping my day job and my sanity. I stepped back to regroup and realized that I had a blank slate and didn’t know what I wanted to do. I searched the internet for good side hustle resources and came across Nick Loper’s website called The Side Hustle Nation (https://www.sidehustlenation.com/). He has great information on it and tons of podcasts.

The First Attempt – Propane Tank Home Delivery

I had a clean slate with nothing on it. I had decided to embark on this journey and now I didn’t know what to do. I was trying to think of some business that I could do in my spare time that would solve a pain that people have. I decided to try to start a propane delivery company.

The Beginning of My Side Hustle Journey

In April 2017, I realized that I wanted to try to create a business where I could be my own boss, make at least what I was making now in corporate America and work less. I had no idea of what that would be or how I would do that. I have been in high tech and/or education sales for almost 30 years and have my MBA so I thought the real test would be to take the knowledge I have gained and try to do something on my own. I wasn’t ready (or could afford) to quit my corporate 9 to 5 so it would have to be something I’d do at night and on weekends. Let me add that in April 2017, I had 3 young kids ages 5, 7 & 10, we had just moved across the country twice in the last 3 years and were in a new town that none of us had ever lived before, I was working a full time demanding job and my wife was extremely busy starting up her own company. I was exhausted and had no extra energy but I had a drive to create change and felt that I had tons of bottled up creativity from working a corporate job for so long and that creativity was dying to come out.