Yes I said it…“side hustle”. And at 31 years old that is exactly what I decided to do. I started a side hustle in my 30’s. I signed up with Modern Nature (Monat) on a whim and then I decided to sign up with Zyia activewear a few months after that. Call me crazy, I know I am. It was hard enough juggling a full time job as a funeral director, Monat, my marriage and my social life. But I needed to change something. Debt and financial restrictions can really be draining on a person!
Most of us in our 30’s are still trying to figure it out. My husband and I are both licensed funeral directors in the state of Michigan. We are fortunate enough to live at one of the funeral homes for cheap. And I mean CHEAP. We make an okay amount of money and live pretty comfortably. But, I want more!! Student loans seem never ending, credit card payments are always due and all I want to do is online shop. We want to eventually buy a house but it seems like we will never have enough to do that. We are seriously living pay check to pay check. People have this perceived notion that funeral directors make all kinds of money. News flash…we don’t.
So why the side hustle you might ask and why so late to the game?
Or at least that’s how I feel sometimes. Everyone has seen someone on Facebook or Instagram selling something. At first I thought it was crazy. Who would buy shampoo from me?! Does it really work? Seriously all the girls who are selling it are drop dead gorgeous. They seriously look like they are, “living their best life”. I consider myself pretty. I don’t have glorious photos on my Instagram like most of the girls on my team and I don’t get to travel a ton because corporate America doesn’t give you that much time off. The last part of that is what made me want to sign up for Modern Nature. My direct up line had just picked up a Cadillac paid for by the company. I was hooked on watching her Instagram stories. I wanted that, I wanted to be able to get enough extra income that I could take my husband on vacations without having to worry about it. Even more, I want to be able to make our student loans go away!
Let me just tell you, a side hustle is HARD.
It’s a ton of work and a lot of time spent outside your comfort zone. I constantly am laughing at myself going, “how do you not know how to carry on a conversation with a complete stranger? You’re a funeral director for goodness sakes! You do this every single day”. But it’s different. I am super passionate about the hair care products. My hair has honestly never felt or looked this good in my entire life. As for the workout clothes, I have never bothered to spend money on them, but let me tell you what a difference twenty extra bucks can make.
I’ll be honest with you all, I am not yet living that glamorous life you think you magically get the moment you sign up for a side hustle. It takes a lot of work and time. I’m one of the older ones in our group chats, I’m still not really sure how to brand myself. I’m also not the best at editing posts, getting good content and starting up conversations with complete strangers. I am however, meeting wonder women who are like-minded and constantly lifting me up. I have a girl gang surrounding me every single day. It’s incredible to me that so many women can come together and support each other so wholeheartedly. My “side hustle” may not be making me thousands (yet!) but it certainly is nice to have an extra couple of hundred bucks here and there.
If you think you’re too old, you’re not.
Get that side hustle, don’t worry about what your friends and family think and girl MAKE THAT MONEY!
I’m Stephanie Jamieson. I’m 31 years old living in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. I have been married to my husband, of almost a year, Ryan. We are both licensed funeral directors (this is how we met). We live in a funeral home apartment with our two dogs Lucy and Kirra and our fat cat Frank. I just recently joined onto multi-level marketing companies or as I like to call it “side hustle jobs”: Modern Nature which is a premium hair care line and Zyia which is a boutique activewear shop. My online businesses have pushed me in way I didn’t even know was possible.