Join Me This Year and Let’s Earn Money With Side Hustles

Ruth Guillen
4 min readJan 17, 2022


As a woman in her late fifties, it’s a hard thing to hear that 35 percent of women live in poverty. Nobody ever sets out to live in poverty, so I don’t like the culture of pointing fingers when someone comes up short. I see it all the time, the comments about how they should have saved more, or worked harder. We like to add public shaming to poverty.

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I’d rather figure out ways to earn more money to make the situation better. As I’ve mentioned in the article below, I haven’t been a high earner for a good portion of my life, but it shouldn’t relegate me to living in poverty.

Side hustles can put some money in the coffers. It’s not easy but it’s possible.

I can do hard things. So can you.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible”
~Audrey Hepburn.

If you’ve been on Medium for a hot second, you know that stories of side hustles abound. Someone makes $1,000 monthly on Medium. Or maybe someone has made 10k monthly from starting a newsletter, or freelance writing. You get the picture. Everyone is making big bucks.

This is all possible but not necessarily probable, especially in your first year.

But you can still do things!

I want you to do this with me. I want you to start your side hustle. But I want you to do it with your eyes wide open.

Settle in for the long haul.
If you spend any time reading side hustle posts, you’ve come across the ones that give you the hard truths, even as they share their 1k monthly income. Regardless of the side hustle, they all have one thing in common. You have to put in the time and the work.

Writing regularly on your blog here, creating more low content books for your Amazon shop, pitching to businesses for freelance writing are just some of the ways you settle in for the long haul. You put in the time.

After you’ve put in the time to create, money can follow. I say “can” because there are other aspects of creating that are involved to secure success. And you work on these other aspects — building an email list, creating a network to share your side hustle — all while you’re doing the work on your side hustle. The non-creative side of things doesn’t appeal to a lot of creatives but it’s a real part of business. Again, I want you to have your eyes wide open.

One at a time, please.
I have some serious issues with having a dozen ideas in the works. All the plates spinning, trying to get something to take off.

This is a problem.

I doubt I will ever be able to focus solely on just one project to the exclusion of everything else for one year, but I don’t think I have to. Yes, I have to settle in for the long haul to get it going, and most likely money won’t come in for a year or so. But at a point in the process, it’s doable to onboard a new side hustle venture. But you have to wait until you get some time under your belt with your first side hustle. Get the systems set up. So I could perhaps scale back on the gazillion other ideas while I got at least one side hustle off the ground. How about you? Can you do that?

I’ve seen several posts about people’s goals for 2022. Some have a dozen ideas for businesses, one for each month. Maybe that works. But ask yourself, can you realistically devote the time to put forward a quality product with twelve of them on your list for the year? You, not someone else.

For those of us with a mind that spins wildly, I suggest we whittle down the list a bit to say, four or six, side hustle tries this year. What do you think?

I’m not here to squash anyone’s ideas for money making. On the contrary. I want us all to do it and succeed.

What ideas would you like to explore for a side hustle this year?

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