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Robin

Robin is a full-time business professional who has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. She is also a personal finance blogger who shares her first hand experience with the struggles of money and debt. On Mastering the Side Jam, she focuses on ways to maximize efficiencies to make & save money, pay off debt, and live your best life.She has been been featured on The Money Mix, Rockstar Finance, The Financial Diet and Women's Money Talk, and has been quoted in various online publications.

Staying Focused to Pay Off Debt

Doing Bills to Pay Off Debt
Dude – Hit me up with another cup. We may be here for a while …

 

Current Progress to Pay Off Debt

I’ve started and stopped writing this post so many times, it’s unreal. Every time I wanted to post an update, I’d reconsider, thinking enough progress hadn’t been made.

The entire premise of this blog is based on my journey to pay off debt. The ways I’ve been trying to make money on the side, and pursuing side hustles, in order to do that.

But somewhere along the line, your priority list gets a little jumbled. And you forget what it was you were originally setting out to do. Which isn’t to say the debt journey documentation has ended, by any means. In fact, if anything — its existence has extended even further.

Not because we’ve added anything significant to our existing debt. But because we’ve been doing a cr*ppy job (in my opinion) of paying it down successfully.

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Money and Health Topics: Women Demand More

Women Demand More - Woman Facing Sunset

 

When Worlds Collide

So something really interesting happened last week.

I attended an online webinar in my workplace, and it had to do with topics that I write about on this blog.

Which was super exciting for me, because very rarely does my day job overlap with my after hour activities.

Yes, I do work in the financial services industry — but the actual topic of my work is not something I blog about. I’m not a financial advisor, and don’t offer actual money advice to any of my readers.

Because, c’mon — that would just be asking for trouble, now wouldn’t it?

Plus — see my Disclaimer — I will never even pretend to offer financial advice to anyone who reads my blog. Unless it were to say “Hey you, stop being like me! And cut up those blasted credit cards!!”

But other than that, I’m happy to just be the anecdotal example of how not to fritter your money away over the years.

Which is why I was tickled up and down to see my employer partner with Fidelity to offer this free online webinar. I jumped right onto that opportunity, and signed up for the very first presentation. And was chomping at the bit to discover all the discussion might entail, so I could share my learnings with you all.

And while the following may be specific to women, I’d encourage any fellas out there to read it as well. Think of it from the perspective of your wife, or mother, or sister.

Consider the information below as seen through the eyes of your daughter, or future granddaughter, or niece.

Note: This is not a sponsored or affiliate post. It’s just information I learned and wanted to share.

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Side Hustle Ideas for People Who Want to Make Money From Home

Side Hustle Ideas When You Don't Have Time to Hustle
Side Hustle Ideas to Make Money From Home

Hey everyone — I just wanted to pop in and share this guest post I recently wrote for The Money Mix. It was such an awesome opportunity, and if you get the chance, you should definitely check it out on their site!

They also host a ton of other finance articles, with topics ranging from how to save money, preparing for your future, and investing basics. So be sure to check it out!

But if you’d like to hear more about unique side hustle ideas that you can do from home, keep reading —

FYI — This page includes affiliate links — which means I may receive some sort of compensation (at no cost to you) if you sign up or make a purchase through these links. 

Side Hustle Ideas for People Who Are Way Too Busy

So you’re trying to make some extra money on the side, and are looking for side hustle ideas to cash in on the entrepreneur lifestyle. Because everyone’s doing it — hustling to make a few extra bucks, trying out a couple of side gigs or work from home jobs here and there.

But if you’re already working a regular 9-to-5, aren’t you already way too busy?

How do you find the time to do all of this hustling … and still enjoy living your life?

It’s true that a lot of side hustles focus solely on the “hustle” part. For example, you’ll find suggestions all over the internet about becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft ridesharing, and Amazon Flex or Prime Now delivery services. GrubHub and DoorDash are popular services for restaurant delivery.

But what if you don’t have the time or bandwidth to do all of that physical hustling? What if you already work a full-time job, therefore only have a few hours a week to dedicate to side gigs?

Why Some Side Hustle Ideas Just Don’t Work

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What Are Your Goals and How Do You Plan to Achieve Them?

 

white peacock looking sideways - be proud and reach your goals
Achieve Your Goals – With Focus & Planning

 

“Your Goals are Important — Don’t Push Them Off.”

I received some sort of marketing email this morning. It was from a company I’d purchased from in the past. You know how that goes — You buy something online, get confirmation sent to your email, and all of a sudden you’re getting emails from them daily.

Email marketing, that’s what it’s all about.

Because everrrryyyone says the email list is golden. Since it’s your audience. They sign up for your newsletter because they like what you’re producing, and they trust you.

Building up an email list and then selecting quality products or services to share is a surefire way to spread your brand’s message. Well then, why am I not doing this? Sure, I send out my new posts via email. That’s pretty much it.

I don’t send out sneak peeks on updated blogging courses that will be going on sale, or one-day-only discounts on the latest tech software. I mean, I guess I could … But given the fact that I don’t blog about blogging, that doesn’t really make sense.

I blog about side hustles, saving money, and being in debt. Trying to squeeze extra dimes and nickels out of activities you have to do anyway. Finding ways to earn extra income with the least amount of effort possible.

Paying bills that have been lingering like a bad cold right before vacation. Making the most of your time on this planet, and learning from mistakes made in the past.

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