Living minimal doesn’t mean homeless, or no income. Part of living minimally means that we live within our means. We are not poor, but we instead understand that we don’t need to have everything to be rich.
Income has very little to do with the choice to live minimally. On the other hand, living minimally can help a person, or a family, get out of debt, or help save for the kids education or and adults retirement. While not spending money helps save, more income helps build. If you are not earning enough money, then go out and make more.
Earning more could mean that you need to find a different job, or in some cases to find a second job. Having a second job helps you earn money and keeps you out of the bars (meaning that you won’t be spending money of non-essential items).
If you are computer savvy you could start a YouTube channel and start some affiliate marketing. Another option might be to deliver pizza. I am no stranger to delivering pizza. My first job was working at a local pizza chain. While later in life after I sold my Internet Service Provider business I delivered pizza in order to stay busy and earn some cash. If you decide to deliver pizza, pick a location in a safe neighborhood.
As a pizza delivery driver in the SF Bay Area I did not earn much as the tippers in my area were kinda cheap. After I sold my business in 2006 I made much more at the pizza gig. If you want to do this part time you’ll need to work Friday night. Friday is by far the busiest, and most profitable time. After that, Saturday and Thursday nights. I would work a 3-4 hour shift on a Friday and walk out with $80-$100 in my pocket, not including the dismal pay check. The cash was from tips. I would also work Thursday and Saturday for a grand total of $800 to $1000 cash each month. If you’re not too worried about your waistline you also end up scoring some pizza to take home at no cost.
The pizza delivery gig is just an example of how you can earn extra income. For the right person, in the right position it is possible to make much more per shift.
When I worked my first pizza gig I ended up as the store general manager. I hired a young lady as a driver, and I ended up dating her. What impressed me most about her is that she recognized that she was in financial trouble and she did something about it, she got a second job. I didn’t mind that she was in incredible debt with 18 department store credit cards since she was doing something about it. I think at some point she got a third job (and unfortunately some more credit cards). There is nothing wrong with working hard and earning your way.
Don’t be afraid of what other people will think if you take on a second job. If you are not making enough, go make more.
If you struggled with this issue or can inspire others on this subject I would like to hear your story. Please comment below.