The Side Jam interview series is for all entrepreneurs who have a passion for side gigs. It highlights innovative ways to make extra money on the side, and the creative individuals who have the guts to say “Why the heck not?”

How to Save Money by House Hacking – Side Jam Interview #5

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Side Jam Interview #5 – House Hacking to Save and Make Money

Hey everyone, welcome back!  This week’s Side Jam Interview is all about house hacking.

You’ll be hearing from Riley, who blogs at Young and the Invested. His writing focuses on younger professionals who are just getting started with their careers.

Delivered from the Millennial perspective, Riley highlights the shift from more traditional financial advice to meet the unique needs of the younger generation. Also, he’s a super nice guy, and an all-around professional.


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And now, here is more about Riley:   

Riley is a licensed CPA in the state of Louisiana, and works as a Senior Financial Analyst for a Fortune 500 company in New Orleans. He also has a personal finance blog called Young and the Invested, where he helps young professionals discover financial independence.

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Side Jam Interview #4 – Teaching Exercise Class

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Make Money on the Side as an Exercise Class Instructor – Side Jam Interview #4

Welcome to the next Side Jam Interview!

During our past few interviews, we’ve focused on ways to make money online, in the digital arena. And while there are endless possibilities for online side hustles, today I’d like to focus on another way to benefit from an existing skill set.

I had the pleasure to meet with Cheryl, who works in the corporate world by day, but then also teaches exercise class in her spare time.

When I had originally asked her to participate in the Side Jam interview series, she was surprised I considered her exercise classes to be a side hustle. She just thought it was something she enjoyed doing, and it was a bonus that she could earn a few bucks by sharing her passion with others.

But that’s the point I’d love to convey through this interview series —

It doesn’t have to be this elaborate plan to create an online business, or pay off a huge amount of debt, or get a process in place to eventually replace your day job.

I mean, all of those things are fantastic goals to have, and having a plan will make success all the more attainable.

But there are things you might not even think about — things you do every day — that can be a side hustle.

It doesn’t have to make you a millionaire. And you might just love it so much you’d do it for free regardless.

I just think it’s important for everyone to realize they have talents. And you can choose to use these talents to your advantage, in any number of ways. Whether it’s by volunteering, mentoring, encouraging, or teaching.

And yes, dancing to 80’s music can, in fact, be a Side Jam!

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Side Jam Interview #3 – Managing Facebook Ads

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Make Extra Money by Managing Facebook Ads – Side Jam Interview #3

Welcome to our next Side Jam Interview!

Before we get started, I just want to share how awesome this whole interview experience has been. For starters, the feedback I’ve been receiving from readers has been so enthusiastic and encouraging.

And also, the amazing individuals who have agreed to be interviewed — you have no idea how much I appreciate your willingness to share your personal stories.

The sheer variety of experiences and creative ideas you’ve been sharing really puts a spotlight on the growth of entrepreneurship in recent years — As well as the many different ways everyday people can highlight their existing skills to create a profitable side business.

And speaking of profitable side businesses —

Today you’ll learn about Robert, who has a few different side gigs going on. He’s a super-friendly and personable guy who I met through social media. And he’s extremely motivated to make his dreams a reality for himself and his growing family.

Plus, he and his family raise goats, ducks, and chickens!

Who wouldn’t love that??


Missed my previous Side Jam interviews? Check out the links below —

Side Jam Interview #1 – Cricket’s Plant Selling and Worm Farm 
Side Jam Interview #2 – Nelly’s Online Forum Contributions

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And now, here is more about Robert:   

I’m Robert and I run a personal finance blog called Real Money Robert.

I also have a successful side business called Gale Force Marketing, where I help small businesses get new customers and grow their revenue.


The Interview Questions

Tell us about a fun, unique, or interesting Side Jam you’ve tried:

Haha, one of my side jams is raising chickens for eggs. We pretty much break even on the sale of eggs so it’s not too profitable yet, but there is nothing better than those sweet fresh eggs for breakfast every morning!

While we don’t quite have enough volume yet to sell locally, we are currently selling to family, friends, and coworkers.

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Now, for a more profitable side jam, as I mentioned I run a digital marketing company that helps small businesses thrive.

Not quite as unique as the chicken eggs, but it’s fun and way more profitable!

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Side Jam Interview #2 – Online Forum Contributor

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Making Money on the Side as an Online Forum Contributor – Side Jam Interview #2

Welcome to the second in a series of Side Jam Interviews!

With Interview #1, we met Cricket who is teaching business and money-making principles to her young daughter. They are having a blast with a side business of selling plants and worms.

Today I interview Nelly, who has paid off her family’s debt by working part-time as an online forum contributor.


By the way – Do you have a Side Jam you’d like to share?

Let me know by filling out THIS FORM, and  you could be featured on my blog!


And now, I’d like to introduce Nelly, who makes extra money on the side by contributing to an online forum:   

I am Nelly Brown, popularly known as Good Nelly in the online community. I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and write articles on personal finance and try to encourage my readers to manage their finances effectively. Apart from writing on personal financial matters, I love traveling. About 4 years back, I started my own blog where I talk about other things, too.

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Financial Independence Is About Freedom

Hello everyone, and welcome to an extra special guest post, in honor of International Women’s Day. A group of female personal finance bloggers were asked to describe what financial independence means to them. And I am sooo excited to share this inspiring story from Mel, who blogs at brokeGIRLrich

In addition, please be sure to check out some of the other fantastic posts dedicated to International Women’s Day.  

Elise’s post True Equality Begins with Economic Equality

Robyn’s post The privilege of Financial Independence

Brynne’s post Equal Access to Financial Independence

And now, turning it over to Mel —


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Growing Up

I had the absolute best mom. She was a homemade playdough, nag you till your homework is done, inspires you to believe you can achieve anything kind of mom.

There are so many ways I hope I’m like her.

Growing up though, she was a stay-at-home mom until I was almost done with high school, and entirely dependent on my dad (who is also great). But the picture of my mom being totally financially dependent never left me as I got older — and it really wasn’t something I wanted out of my life.

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