In Praise of Passionless Projects that Give You a Boost
I also love to talk about passion projects — doing what you really love because you’ll easily sell/market/talk about what you are passionate about.
I have an easier time talking to someone about what I do if I’m passionate about it.
There’s something about Passionless Projects too — boring stuff that makes you a fairly guaranteed income.
I would not likely do these for long, or have these be my primary hustle, but these Passionless projects can serve a purpose.
Raising Funds to start a Side Hustle with Passionless Projects
I know not everyone is in a tight position financially. I get enough emails or comments in person to make me think there are many readers out there who want to start a home business. You just feel stuck because you don’t have enough money to invest in starting a side hustle — computer, software, website, logo, plugins, advertising, inventory.
Whatever the case may be, you can start off on a shoestring, but it still involves some cost.
This is where Frugal Living and Passionless Projects come in.
For example, you might leverage some of these tedious jobs online, that I do not think would make a very good regular income to help you start off.
Earning Enough for a Good Start with Passionless Projects
For example, one of those projects I did at the start when things were tight was surveys. You cannot get rich doing surveys. But if you are flat broke, you can make a few dollars here and there. That paltry amount makes a tremendous difference when I was really struggling financially. I’d set a timer for an hour and then I’d go at it.
When I was starting and needed money to have my first book printed (before learning about ebooks or print on demand), I sold items on eBay.
Sometimes I even flipped items I found at garage sales on eBay. I found items worth more than what someone was unloading it for, and I’d resell it on eBay. The best I did was an educational computer game. I bought it for a quarter and sold it for a couple hundred dollars. Most things weren’t so dramatic.
I think I’d lose my mind if I had to do that every day for the rest of my life. However, with my eyes on the prize, I could make it work short term. My goal was money for a short run of books while living around the poverty line. Selling on eBay and surveys helped me get there.
I also did some mystery shops. This was fun work that I could not talk about, which allowed me to earn some money, get free stuff, and get out of the house a bit.
Until recently, some owners of local small coffee shops have hired me to go in and test out their new baristas on the down low. I make a little extra money, get to hang out in a coffeehouse, drink coffee, and help business people who hire me for other things I’m more passionate about (design work).
Although…my husband says, reading this over my shoulder, that getting paid to drink lattes should count as a passion project. Hm. He may be right. If only it paid more. Anyone know of openings for a salaried coffee taster?
I have a friend who does HITs over at MTurk (an Amazon company). This is just busy, brainless work for small amounts. Although she says after you complete a certain number of low-paid ones, you qualify for the higher-paid ones. Something to consider. She sets a timer and works at it an hour a day and now makes enough to save towards some goals.
Then there are rebates.
I used (and still use) apps like Ebates and Ibotta to earn rebates on items I buy, anyway. The trick, I learned, was to save my rebate money up to invest in myself and my side hustle so I could one day succeed. You can too.
Learning to Hustle with Passionless Projects
I also worked as a virtual assistant for a home business maven. I learned so much from her, doing her menial tasks she didn’t want to do. From her, I learned about the hustle.
Before I worked for her, I didn’t really market myself.
I focused on creating content, creating products, and just wishing someone would buy. I was clueless about what it took to run a home business successfully. What do I know? I was an art major.
She had me create emails, ads, and come up with marketing projects for different products. Mind. Blown.
I didn’t earn much money, but I did earn much experience, which was probably more valuable than the cash.
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But sometimes you have to get creative in how to raise whatever funds it is that you need to get your business off the ground.
Some of this mystery shopping and survey gigs are not so bad and can help you make just enough to get started.
The bottom line, for me anyway, is to not limit yourself by thinking, “I can’t afford that.”
Instead, try saying, “Okay, how can I afford this? How can I make it happen?”
Try it. It’s life-changing.