Learning What I’m Worth

Worth (1)There is lots of excellent advice on the interwebs about being paid properly. Some of it is polite; some quite frank. Whether you want to carefully document the reasons why you deserve a raise or boldly start adding zeroes to your hourly rates, it’s important to be paid fairly. I know. You know. We all know. Why then, dear readers, am I so adept at taking one step forward and one step back? Continue reading “Learning What I’m Worth”

Learning What I’m Worth

Am I Hustling Too Hard?

Too Much (1)At the beginning of the summer, I outlined my grand plans to earn extra income this summer. And grand they were. Summer school wraps up today, and I only have two more meetings on the docket. Thanks to all of my school-related side hustling, I’ll have clocked in just shy of $3500 after taxes. That doesn’t even include the money I made tutoring or contributing to Tip Yourself. For someone who is hellbent on crushing her mortgage, you’d think I’d be pretty content. But I can’t help but wonder if I’ve been hustling too hard. Continue reading “Am I Hustling Too Hard?”

Am I Hustling Too Hard?

Frugally Awesome…Or Awkward: Part 4

Awkward 4There’s something about money: It brings out the best, the worst, and the most awkward side of people. Since I’ve dedicated a fair amount of time this summer to side hustling, I’ve had to do some explaining for how I’m spending my time. I get it. A lot of people think teachers have summers off and spend time eating bonbons ice cream straight out of the carton. But even fellow educators have had some really interesting things to say when they hear about my hustling. As usual, my interactions lean more towards awkward rather than awesome. Continue reading “Frugally Awesome…Or Awkward: Part 4”

Frugally Awesome…Or Awkward: Part 4

How I’m Hustling This Summer

 

Summer“You only work nine months out of the year.” “You get the entire summer off.” There’s a lot of misinformation floating around the universe in terms of what teachers do during their time off. So, I thought maybe I’d set the record straight, at least partially. 

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have any vacations planned. In fact, we’re dashing off to Vegas for a few short days right before summer school starts. Costa Rica is also on the horizon. In addition to travel, I’ll spend countless hours preparing for next school year. In the past, I’ve never clocked the hours, but this summer, I think I will. In addition to traveling and lesson planning, a big chunk of my summer will be spent hustling. Continue reading “How I’m Hustling This Summer”

How I’m Hustling This Summer

Roth IRA Challenge: Monetize Your Talents & Passions

Roth IRA (1)Could you save an extra $5500 a year? When Maggie from Northern Expenditure first announced the Roth IRA Challenge, I wasn’t sure that I could side hustle that hard. However, after reviewing our finances from last year, it turns out that Mr. P and I BOTH managed to side hustle our way to an extra $12,000. The trick? Turning our talents and passions into extra income streams. To get the full details on how we managed to make that much money from two income streams, check out my guest post on Northern Expenditure. To see why we’re so motivated to hustle hard, you might enjoy the following posts: Continue reading “Roth IRA Challenge: Monetize Your Talents & Passions”

Roth IRA Challenge: Monetize Your Talents & Passions

Hustle Like You’re in High School

Hustle Like You're in High SchoolLast week, I found myself feeling all sorts of things: sick, tired, sick of being tired. The trimester was coming to a close. It seemed as if I was spending every waking moment planning, grading, putting together the literary magazine, supervising an intervention group. Plus, a former student  asked if we could resume our evening tutoring sessions. I did not say no. When I felt like I could not put anything else on my plate, I was nominated to  coordinate treat day for our department.

As I stood in line to pick up the catering the evening prior to the event, I made eye contact with the bubbliest, bright-eyed teenager I had seen in a long time. She exuded politeness and personality. A quick glance at my watch and a fast calculation helped me realize that she probably had at least another three hours of work before her shift ended. After which, she would embark on her pile of homework, catch up with friends, and maybe even spare some time for her family if anyone was still awake. Then, she would crawl into bed and do it all over again the next day. I used to be that girl. We all did. And somehow we’ve forgotten what it’s like to hustle like we’re still in high school Continue reading “Hustle Like You’re in High School”

Hustle Like You’re in High School