Have fun making a little extra money on the side


“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
Desiderius Erasmus


I’ve always felt that money doesn’t matter until you don’t have enough. While that is true its also a fact that a little extra money, even if it is only a few hundred dollars, can make a massive difference to the ease and quality of your life.

That is why this year I am going to refocus around the theme of making just a little extra money on the side.

In writing this blog I’ve come to understand that many people see the transition to simple living as idealistic hippy talk. I often get an “I’m a realist. I don’t live with my head in the clouds. I’ve got bills and a mortgage to pay” reaction when I promote simple living as a happiness solution. I realise now that for most of us the thought of leaping off the cliff of full-time working into the swells and tides of entrepreneurship is just too daunting. The transition is to great.

In contrast making an extra $50 a week or making an extra $100 a fortnight or $1000 a month sounds possible.

If you are in that frame of mind then please join me and make a commitment to make a small side income this year. You don’t need to quit your job, grow a beard and eat any garbanzo beans (unless you love them like me).

Start this journey by picking a figure that you think is achievable. Set that target.

For now please pick a number that isn’t scary, but is inspiring enough that having that income would make a material improvement in the quality of life. Fire goals like $2 per week and trade up to targets of say $200 instead.

Don’t worry about how you can do this just pick a number and ready yourself to take some action to achieve it.

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Post holiday trudge back to work


“There is a melancholy that stems from greatness”
Nicolas Chamfort



Christmas has past and for many of us that means we spent way too much money on one nice morning with out kids, a decent lunch with our extended families. Perhaps altogether too short holiday as well.

It’s like we scrimp and save and forgo all year to have a little savings that we blow in one orgy of consumerism over the Christmas period.

How the bankers must laugh at us.

Now though the zeal of holiday time with family is giving way to the stark reality of returning to working life. The inadequate pay, the dorky coworkers, the crappy boss, the deadlines and the stress.

This year is the year to make a change and I want to help you. Beginning soon I am going to start to shift the focus of this site. I want to help you to discover a life without working in a job you hate.

There are better ways to support your family.

Look out for details starting in the next series of posts.