Side Hustle Successes

woodworking-routerSo, what does How to Select the Best Router have to do with Side Hustle Success?

Read on and learn the rest of the story.

Back in March, I wrote a post about picking up some money writing through Blogmutt. I made a little money, but it really didn’t pan out. Actually, I got flustered with the way the system worked in pitching articles and hoping they’d get picked up. That and not really having any way to communicate with clients was just not working.

In late July I discovered Upwork ( and signed up. Within a few days I applied for a gig to write for a wood working website, Wood Work Boss, and since then I’ve written about 13 articles for them. Unfortunately, I’m a Ghost Writer so there’s no byline, but hey I’m making some decent money.

Woodworking website? Yep. I’m a former woodworking instructor and have done it as a Side Hustle for years. So it’s a good fit.  One of my articles is How to Select the Best Router, which was fun to write as it’s my favorite woodworking power tool.

As I mentioned, I’m making some decent money. In fact, my first article netted me more than I made for the five that I wrote for Blogmut.  So far, so good. We’re talking a long-term gig now.

I really like how Upwork’s system works, as I get to apply for gigs and communicate with my clients. They are very receptive to my input and are very low pressure in their deadlines. Freelance writing is definitely a way to make some money.

One of the best things is being able to write when and where I want to. I can’t say the same about my woodworking gigs, but hey, not every side hustle is going to be so flexible.

So, how did I find out about Upwork?  Well, I follow Life and My Finances and came across an article written by Laura HarrisHow to Make Extra Money As a Freelance Writer. Laura shared some great info in her article, including a link to the article, Websites That Pay Writers 2015: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and Up, written by Jennifer Roland.

That article listed Upwork, so I figured I’d check them out. It’s paid off, for sure.

In all my years of teaching woodworking, I never imagined that I’d get paid to write about it. Who knows what you might be able to make some money writing about.

If you’re interested in making some coin by wordsmithing, I suggest you look into that list of 79.

So, what subjects do you have to write about? I’ll bet you have some, you just need to give it a shot.