Money on My Mind — and Eyes Online

How do I earn more moolah and take the digital realm by storm?

I’m getting on in years. For some reason, this thought pops into my head constantly these past few months. There are a lot of signs that I refused to pay attention to before, but now that they seem hell bent on ganging up on me, they’re impossible to turn a blind eye to.

For instance, what is it with all the body pains? In my youth I could stay up all night, eat and drink all the junk I want, throw myself into bed in the most uncomfortable positions, and I would simply bounce back up the next day. Right now, I leave my arm over my forehead when I fall asleep, and I wake up in the middle of the night to excruciating cramps when I try to put my arm down. I get winded going up four flights of stairs, and loud music causes my head to throb. This is just so sad.

Secondly, empty relationships no longer have a place in my life. I really do believe that when people are younger, there’s so much importance placed on impressing other people and pouring all energy into pulling people into their lives, gathering as many friends as possible, and getting along with everybody. Today, I’m like, hey, I don’t need you to like me, you can very well drop out of my life and I wouldn’t bat an eyelash. I only need people who matter around me; superficial connections can take a hike for all I care.

Lastly, my thoughts all seem to gravitate toward money these days. Making money, that is, for fearing of dying penniless and abandoned in an empty, grassy lot for the vultures to find and pick on. OK, well maybe not vultures since there aren’t any in my city…but you get my drift. The dread I feel about ending up without a dime to my name, a roof over my head, and a little something to leave behind for my loved ones is pushing me to scramble about for money-making ideas that can set me up financially for the future.

I guess that’s what I get for choosing a college major that isn’t exactly up there in the salary department with more established professions, like teaching or engineering or performing delicate surgeries. For the last four years, I’ve held down a job that takes care of my rent and other necessities, but I can’t seem to scrape enough together for a downpayment on a house, or a car. So I’m currently thinking about a business or two that I can do on the side to earn additional income.

The ideas haven’t exactly been gold. I could perhaps teach reading comprehension or give English lessons to students because I’m pretty well versed in those, although I don’t have actual teaching experiences yet. I could offer proofreading or editing services. I’ve recently been learning how to bake simple desserts, so maybe I can try selling some cookies, brownies and cupcakes to community events. I’m learning how to handle walking a dog (my puppy just turned six months old!), so perhaps in the future I might add dog walking or sitting services to the mix. Or maybe I can buy and sell clothing, toys, bags and other items.

Whatever side business I choose, of course, I’ll also need to learn to market myself properly online. Since everyone’s constantly connected to the Internet nowadays, it makes sense to have a website and social media accounts where I can advertise my services and get in touch with potential customers. That’ll be extra work, but once I get enough money rolling in, I’ll surely consider getting digital marketing experts to help me with my site and drum up more business.

Sigh. Time to clean up the mess my dog left on my floor and check on the pan of muffins I have going in the oven. Wish me luck with my ventures!