Wedding Planning Side Hustle- To Earn Extra Money

by Aleisha

Having a side hustle, working an additional job, using your skills to pay the bills (outside of your day job) can be an awesome way to avoid debt and afford the little details that might not be possible on your current budget.

I have always been a side hustler, looking for ways to make my money work for me and get ahead.

When I was 20, I ran a business making jewellery out of bike chains in our garage. I sold to 30 stores around the country and even won a national business award. At the same time, I was studying at university and waitressing, but the thrill of running a creative enterprise has always been with me (and what drives me each day with Bridechilla!)

What Side Hustle Is Right For You?

We all have skills and passions that we might not use in our day job, but we could easily monetize. Whether it be tuition or craft, there are plenty of opportunities to market and sell these skills on a part time or freelance basis. A big part of wedding stress can be money- or lack of money to be more precise. 

Side hustles take time to build but also if you are focused and do your research into what people need and want in your area, it could be a great extra project to add to your wedding planning timeline.

Recently Bridechilla Irene posted on The Bridechilla Community that she had finally paid off their post-wedding credit card bill with help from her side hustle:

In addition to my day job in web design, I became a freelance dog walker, ramped up my cat-sitting biz/hobby, sold some furniture, and attended some paid focus groups! At an average of about ~$450/month over our 18-month engagement, it paid for my half of the wedding. And yes, I was feeding and medicating cats up until the day of our rehearsal, ha!

There are plenty of ways you can make some extra coin and if you are looking to delve deeper make sure you check out the podcast Side Hustle Nation and Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income podcast.

Make Money From Your Opinion- Focus Groups As A Side Hustle

Supplement your income with your opinion!

Market research is happening every day all over the world. Businesses pay market research companies to get people to give feedback on their products and brands. Whether that is reviewing a website from home, tasting a pizza in a lab or watching a TV show, there are plenty of opportunities to make some extra income by just saying what you think! Check out focus groups in your local area

Your Bridechilla Organisational Skills On Upwork and Fiverr

I often talk about the benefits of using freelancing website for hiring people to help you with wedding planning tasks, but in this instance perhaps we can flip it and see what sort of side hustle gigs you could do for someone else.

Maybe you have rad graphic designs skills, or are super organised and could spare a couple of hours a day to be someones VA, virtual assistant, helping them manage their email inbox or respond to Facebook messages. Joining a freelance website like Fiverr or up work is quick and easy and you can start applying for jobs within minutes.

Bridechilla Kaycie: I've started babysitting again and became a Beachbody coach. Beachbody is 1. for the fitness (I've always wanted to lose weight, now seems as good a time as any) 2. I just got my first commission check, and that's really exciting. Babysitting the kid I used to be a full-time nanny for because I adore her <3 and her parents know I'm a poor millennial and pay me well 😉 I'm using my side hustles as a retirement fund since my current job doesn't offer one. Any spare for wedding goodies will just be a bonus

If You Genuinely Love Something Become An Affiliate:

Like Bridechilla Kaycie becoming a Beachbody coach (I also love the workout programs and have considered doing this as a side hustle also), if you have an interest or passion in a program or brand investigate if they have an affiliate program, where you can earn cash for recommending and driving traffic to their website or store. This isn't for everyone, but the industry has changed a lot since Avon and Tupperware parties.

Etsy, for example, has an excellent affiliate program which pays 8% for sales via your recommended links. I use it all the time. I genuinely enjoy finding awesome Etsy.com products to share with the community, so it matches my interests, and I know that it works for our audience. Investigate some of your favorite brands. You'd be surprised as to how many have recommendation bonuses and programs.

Bridechilla Gwendolyn: I sell LuLaRoe clothing, and I already paid for the venue with money I earned from slinging clothes. Super awesome
Bridechilla Nicole Marie: I started selling Mary Kay for our wedding in February 2018. I'm not the greatest sales person, so I haven't made much, but my skin is now flawless.
Bridechilla Brigette: I rent my apartment out when we are away!

Renting Your Stuff/House

If you travel a lot for work or have a spare room and feel like it might be a good space to rent out, consider listing it on Airbnb. I recently worked with a gal who was supplementing their kitchen renovations by renting their spare room for three nights per week. She was rather wily by undercutting their closest competitor by a couple of pounds and also provided bread and spreads and tea and coffee for breakfast (something other listings weren't doing). This option again isn't for everyone, but if you live in a commuter area, big city or somewhere near an airport, this can be an easy income earner.

Bridechilla Amber: Dog walking, babysitting, Airbnbing my second bedroom over here!!

Looking for more inspiration? Here are a bunch of ladies and their side hustles.

Do you have an awesome side hustle that you would like to share? Comment below!

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1 comment

Amber August 15, 2017 - 10:01 pm

Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing my side hustles 😉

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