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. ( After purchasing the URL 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: (FYI- this is an affiliate link and I’ll make money if you sign up this way).


Narrowing down my options and getting close to taking action

After spending my summer binging podcasts on 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 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 ( 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.