Funding your dream: paying rent before meaningful work pays.

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“Do what you love and the money will follow.” I truly believe this adage, but the reality is that we still need to pay our rent and eat in the time before the money decides to follow. There's a learning curve to monetizing your passion. (And I'm not sure the curve EVER flattens…) Luckily, there are lots of ways to make some cash while still leaving most of your time to pursue your dreams and do passionate, meaningful work.

  1. Freelance. Chances are you have a skill (or three!) that you can market – perhaps you know web design or are a gifted writer or photographer. You could even and market yourself as a home organizer, event planner or caterer if you've got the talent! Be creative! And charge what you're worth!
  2. Sell your stuff. Most of us have a ton of stuff around that we don't really use or need. Selling your clutter can be a great way to purge your home and make a nice chunk of change. There are lots of ways to go about this: you could have a garage sale, list your stuff on eBay, haul a load to your friendly neighborhood pawn shop, or post items on Craigslist.
  3. Donate plasma. I've never done this, but I have a few friends who go in a few times a month. You get paid plus the added bonus of your plasma possible saving someone's life.
  4. Be a lab rat. I'm not allowed to participate in clinical studies because I have a history of depression, but if you're comfortable with the idea, these can pay a lot. I've seen a study for $8000 for a 30-day long study near where I live – not bad! I know I could live on $8000 for a few months without feeling too restricted. Be sure to think this one through very carefully, though, because participating in these does mean you are literally allowing people to experiment on you.
  5. Babysit. Spending time with children will keep you young. And parents will love you. And it's super easy! Most kids will behave, simply because you're someone new and they want you to like them. Older kids will probably be happy to bake cookies with you or something and babies are hilarious. Good times!
  6. Make things. Are you crafty? I'm jealous. Etsy is a wonderful, delicious community where you can sell and buy anything handmade. Use your skillz and get selling!
Be creative. If none of these ideas floats your boat, do some brainstorming. List all of your skills and talents and think of ways you can sell them.
Keep in mind that these ideas are meant to help you fund your REAL job – whatever it is that you dream of doing. Don't turn any of these gigs into a full-time thing (unless that's your dream, of course)! Also, know that until your real job starts pouring cash into your life, you're probably not going to have a lot of money. Be wise with how you spend; Pay your bills, buy your (good! wholesome! fresh!) food, tend to your health, maintain your vehicle, save for emergencies. Save the splurging for when all of your hard work pays off and you no longer have to “fund your dream.”


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Kylie Worthington is an herbalist, wellness educator, and mother passionate about equipping women to approach health holistically in a modern, mechanical world. She founded Everblossom to serve as a resource for healthy, meaningful, balanced living.

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