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Hello World Part Deux!

17 May

Well I started off well-intentioned but everything just fell apart. I decided to restart this blog after a pretty pathetic first attempt. I think what pushed me to go again was the renewal notice that my domain was about to expire. I kind of like the domain and think I can turn this blog into something interesting that people might actually find some value in. I think this time I’m just going to make this blog a little bit more freestyle. At first I had planned on doing a topic for each post, but this time I think I will just write about what I’m up to right now and what ideas are floating around in my head. As of now I am mostly just writing to myself. My stats show that somehow one visitor a month has made their way to my site. They must have really gone down the Google searches to come across this gem. Or maybe they used the site MillionShort a site which omits the 1 million most popular web sites from your searches. Just as a note, I did get some surprisingly good results when I used it as my search engine.

Anyways, just about a year has passed from my first posts, and I am still looking for some alternate sources of income. Once again work has gotten in the way. In the retail world you can work shifts all over the map. Morning, evening, closing, or night shift can by the norm. On top of that your days off often end up split or on completely different days from week to week. I honestly don’t even know what my schedule is going to be next week and I’m the Assistant Store Manager. The pay can be pretty good and there are quite a few benefits, but the headaches are never-ending. With my schedule there is almost no way for me to take on any sort of part-time job, because I would need an extreme amount of flexibility from any employer. In any case what I am looking for is something that can turn from just income on the side, to perhaps a new career. I would like nothing more that to start-up my own business and work for myself. I want to become an entrepreneur, but sadly I don’t have the courage to jump in head first. I’m the guy who takes 10 minutes to work himself into the swimming pool rather than the guy who jumps in head first. But there are many good reasons to proceed with caution. For one I have a baby on the way due in September, and my wife and I have just purchased our first house. Now with more bills to pay and a mountain of debt we need to be a bit more careful. So I’ll start off slow, but this time I am going to see it through.

 

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Hello world!

5 Jun

Welcome to my new blog: Income on the Side. First let me introduce myself. My name is Christopher and I am 32 years old. I have been married to for close to 3 years now. I went to University and after dropping out of Computer Science after 3 years I ended up with a BA majoring in Sociology with a minor in Economics. One summer I took a job at a grocery store to help pay the University bills, and after graduating I stayed with the same employer and moved up the retail ladder. I met my wife at the same company and we both work in the same job at different stores. We both are tied down by full-time jobs, but we are always looking to make a little extra income on the side. We both have a schedule which changes from week to week so we can’t commit to other jobs, but we do have blocks of time where we could be doing something else. This blog will be discussing various ways in which to make a little extra income on the side, online or in the real world. Maybe you are like us and want to make a little extra income for a summer vacation or new TV, or perhaps you are a stay-at-home parent looking to do something with your spare time. Whoever you are or whatever you want doesn’t matter. What we want to provide you is information and our experiences to help you understand what opportunities exist out there and how you can utilize them to fulfill your desires. The list of topics we will cover will be extensive. We have tried numerous things and have lots to share. I will not limit myself to any topics. If it involves earning money, saving money, getting things for free, or even personal finance, it will be fair game for this blog. Some of the things we discuss may even start out as something small and then grow to something even bigger.

The most important thing though is that we maintain our integrity and are completely honest, otherwise this blog will have no value to you. We will be as open as possible with you and tell it as we see it. We won’t tell you something in order for us to make a financial gain. I believe that over the long run dealing with people openly and honestly leads to greater gains over the long run. So if we try something out and it makes us two dollars in ten hours of work then we will tell you that, even if we could make a ten dollar referral fee. For example, this blog is an attempt for me to make some extra income on the side. What am I going to do? I don’t know. How am I going to do it? I don’t know. At this point in time this whole process is completely foreign to me. What I do promise is that whatever I learn, I will do my best to share it with you. So join me on this journey and check back often.