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  The Side Hustle
  By Mark Stoller

   Mark Stoller moved to Falcon in 2007. He and his wife, Andra, both U.S. Air Force veterans, enjoy life with their daughters, extended family and adopted rescue dogs in Latigo. Mark savors the privilege of his wife and daughters being his muse for topics, people to meet and places to investigate.

   In a video dubbed “the speech that broke the internet,” Arnold Schwarzenegger gave an address to the Jurgen Holler Academy in Germany on his six rules of success. Jurgen Holler is the German motivational speaker equivalent to Tony Robbins in America.
   Schwarzenegger quoted a statistic stating that 74 percent of all Americans hate their current job.
   He said people found some job they could do, not work that they really loved. In order to pay their bills and provide for their family, they had to continue in the job to maintain the status quo. Having to be an adult made the job a chore.
   I can completely relate! Last February, I watched live coverage of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch to Mars.
   The SpaceX engineers and scientists had just opened a new horizon for inter-planetary travel. That was a groundbreaking day in human innovation and capability!
   After watching the successful launch, I closed the full screen view on my computer. Staring back at me was an Excel spreadsheet full of software requirement statements.
   It was one of those painful “A-ha!” moments. It was abundantly clear that I was one of those in that 74 percent.
   I realize it’s impossible for everyone to do what they love for a living. A lot of life comes down to “Suck it up, Buttercup” situations.
   There is, however, an avenue to find fulfillment after the daily grind. It is known as the “Side Hustle.”
   This topic seems to dominate the current trending stories on the internet. A side hustle is defined as “a way to make money outside of your 9-to-5 job. It allows you to make more money that will give you the freedom to pursue your passions, buy things you need or want and lower any financial worries.”
   I don’t see the side hustle so much as a monetary necessity –- unless you’re a millennial still living in your parent’s basement –- but more of a creative release that can make money if you’re successful with it.
   One of the most popular side hustles consists of putting your home or another property on Airbnb as a rental for tourists.
   Airbnb is an online marketplace that connects people who want to rent out their homes with people who are looking for accommodations in that city or town.
   Think about the multitude of homes being built in Falcon right now. Where is the nearest hotel?
   It would be convenient and lucrative to have an Airbnb property in Falcon. Perspective homebuyers could stay in it as they house hunt through the area and get a feel for the community.
   Even though some people bring in more than $900 per month in rental proceeds, perpetually cleaning homes and carrying two mortgages may not be right for you.
   Here is a list of other ideas I found that may appeal to your interests, creative or helpful nature:
  1. InBoxDollars will pay you money for watching videos, playing online games and shopping online.
  2. Swagbucks pays cash back for shopping online at your favorite stores on their app.
  3. Lingoda and NiceTalk are online language schools to tutor others.
  4. iWriter hires people to write marketing content.
  5. BlogMutt hires freelance writers to develop content for blogs and business owners.
  6. Virtual Assistant (VA) is for those highly organized/efficient people to help someone else’s business.

   Perhaps these ideas may spark an interest in pursuing something new. As always, it’s a delicate balance between time for your family and time for personal growth.
   If you have been longing for something new and exciting, now is the time to get moving on your side hustle!
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