Why I have 5 Different Side Hustles

September 18, 2013

Yes, you read that right! It’s true, I have five different side hustles. Before I get into the bulk of the post, I want to clarify a few things. I am an operations consultant and run my own consulting firm. I enjoy what I do, and love going to work everyday, and dealing with my client. You see, my job is help start-ups, and entrepreneurs scale their businesses, or well, build their businesses. The tricky thing with working for yourself is that the lack of income stability, and even though I’ve been booked solid for the last year, and pretty much the same for the next 14 months, I still find time for my side hustles.

Why you may ask? Well, the answer is two fold. I like being part of different activities, and like growing things. I also enjoy helping people (which is why I thrive in a consultative environment), but he most important part is that I like havingย income protection.

Side Hustles

Here are my 5 side hustles:


I am the founder of Canada’s first and only Fashion and Beauty Blogging Conference. Yeah, a PF blogger is running the show at a Fashion and beauty conference. The reason I got into that was because I saw a need, and wanted to act on it right away. Has it been easy? Hell no! It involves a ton of late nights and early mornings, but I adore my team, and we’re already planning on expanding. The tricky thing here is knowing that you’re not going to make much the first year, and that you need to keep pushing and re-investing anything that you do make. Most people tend to forget that part.



I try not to do this very often as I do this for a living, but I have clients from every walk of life. I have bloggers, business owners, designers, and everything in between. While my rates are 1/10 what I normally charge my day-job clients, it’s great to able to sit down and have coffee with people and provide guidance and feedback when they need it most. The part that I love is being able to help ideas come to life, so if you’re sitting on an idea, or want to grow your blog or business, send me an email ๐Ÿ˜‰



I never thought of blogging as a side hustle until I did an inventory of the amount of time I spend on my sites. Yes, I said “sites” as in 3. Besides Thirty Six Months, I also run Finance Triggers with a friend, along with Chic Darling, which is a leading fashion, beauty and travel magazine. Again, this isn’t a hustle that I can make 10-15k a month from, but I enjoy being able to do all sorts of fun things outside the PF niche.


Creative Services

Similar to my consulting gig, I also work with brands to provide creative services for med-scale campaigns. Being one of the very people in the world who likes pitching, I have learned a thing or two about being able to execute campaigns to create maximum exposure. These gigs are normally project based around a certain launch or event.

Being the creative side of the business has also allowed me to provide my services to other bloggers by creating highly visual media kits, and advertising packages. Again, if you need a media kit, give me a shout ๐Ÿ˜‰


Staff writing

You would think that with 3 blogs that I would be sick of writing, and truth be told, there are times where I am, but having the ability to write on different platforms, and for different audiences keeps me coming back. It also helps that I’m able to set my rates, and pick and choose the topics that I want to write. Since none of my sites are based on entrepreneurship, that’s a topic that I normally gravitate towards.



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  • Michelle September 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Definitely sounds like you do a lot! I like having so many different hustles because it helps keep me diversified ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Marissa September 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Yeah, and you don’t get bored too quickly!

  • Demaish @ Borrowed Cents September 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I guess that’s what a superwoman is all about. You have a lot on your plate . Congratulations.

    • Marissa September 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      I like to keep busy!

  • Erin @ My Alternate Life September 18, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Digging the diversified hustles! I am full-time freelancing now and I do a combination of blogging, staff writing, virtual assisting, and social media management.

    Starting the first fashion and beauty blogging conference in Canada is huge! Congrats :).

    • Marissa September 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks, Erin! The work is kinda kicking my ass.

  • Grayson @ Debt Roundup September 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I am always a fan of diversification and you are really doing it. Nice work Marissa. I am working on building other areas besides my blog.

    • Marissa September 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      It keeps things interesting.

  • moneystepper September 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Wow – you sure keep yourself busy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Marissa September 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you! I like to keep busy!

  • SavvyFinancialLatina September 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I think it’s great to diversify your income. It’s one of my goals in the next five years. Figure out a way to build a business outside of my full time salaried corporate job.

    • Marissa September 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      It’s about finding a hobby and working from there.

  • eemusings September 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    You have so much going on! Thanks for the insight into your professional life.

    • Marissa September 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      I love what I do. And I like to keep busy!

  • My Own Advisor September 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Wow, I knew you were busy but this really puts it on the table. Keep up the great work Marissa. A tough balancing act but you seem to be a skillful juggler.


    • Marissa September 19, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Thanks, Mark! It’s still fun!

  • Cat Alford (@BudgetBlonde) September 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Your side hustles sound great! I love that you manage so many sites!

    • Marissa September 19, 2013 at 12:05 am

      Chic Darling is the most one. There is a world outside PF;)

  • Michelle's Finance Journal September 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

    These are some serious side hustles. You have a lot on your plate and sounds like you really enjoy it. Don’t forget to take some time off though. You don’t want to burn out~^^

    • Marissa September 20, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Why do you think I go on so many vacations? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Jeff @ Sustainablel Life Blog September 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    that is quite a few side hustles, but it’s awesome that they are so diverse. I’m looking to diversify my income as well, and the road has been rocky but I’m still enjoying it so far. The freelance writing and such is pretty time consuming, so I’m looking in other directions online to see where I can make some extra cash.

    • Marissa September 20, 2013 at 12:12 am

      Have you looked at something outside the writing world?

  • Mackenzie September 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Wow, Marissa you are rockin, it! That’s awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the good work!

    • Marissa September 20, 2013 at 12:12 am

      Thank you very much.

  • Clarisse @ Make Money Your Way September 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    You rock girl! You’re very talented and you use it very well. How I wish I have the same talent like you. Keep it up Marissa.

    • Marissa September 20, 2013 at 12:12 am

      Thanks, Clarisse!

  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses September 20, 2013 at 12:11 am

    You go girl! I think that’s awesome. I also have a few side gigs and don’t think I could ever go back to just working one job.

    • Marissa September 20, 2013 at 12:13 am

      One job can get sorta boring.

  • Paul September 20, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I Wash Cars! – I have been doing it since I got my first car, and itโ€™s a good hobby to get into. They say that if you do what you love then you never have to work a day in your life, and while this isnโ€™t my living, itโ€™s a very good side hustle. Itโ€™s fairly cheap too โ€“ all you really need to start off is a bucket, a sponge, water and car shampoo (though as you get more into the hobby you can pick up different techniques and supplies to get even better results).

    • Marissa September 20, 2013 at 10:55 am

      That’s a great idea! Never thought of it!

  • Katie September 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I would love to get more details on your creative services to potentially make a media kit for my growing business! I love seeing people use a variety of skills to live up to their potential and it’s my favorite kind of “company” to do business with!

  • Stephen September 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I have found blogging to be a great side hustle that requires more time invested to get started and then once you become established you can more comfortable put it on cruise control. It’s also a great way to provide value to readers. Additionally, buying and selling on ebay and craigslist has been a great source of side revenue.

  • Michael @ The Student Loan Sherpa September 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    5 side hustles is impressive. I have one and I can barely keep up. My hat if off to you!

  • Karen October 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    That is amazing. All of your side hustles sound very cool, especially the one about running a conference. Your day job also sounds cool. I like it when I hear people have more than one job, a lot of times it is for the money, but it’s also because they have different interests. It just makes the person seem more interesting when they have side hustles.

    • Marissa October 8, 2013 at 3:51 am

      I totally agree. I honestly just like a bunch of different things.