Does your side hustle bother you? – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
HUBER HEIGHTS — With prices rising, many people are looking for new ways to make ends meet.
News Center 7’s Taylor Robertson looked into whether these “side hustles” are legitimate ways to supplement your paycheck.
“The bills were piling up and I think he saw me getting stressed out a lot,” Ashley Washington said.
More people are looking for side hustles to cover the cost of living.
For many like Washington, this shows a sign of the times — trying to figure out how to pay the bills when you’re living paycheck to paycheck.
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A lot of it depends on skills – what are you good at that you can convince people to pay you for?
According to Forbes, freelancing with these skills is on the higher side.
You can take on as many projects as your time allows, even if you only do it in your free time.
Other classes like pet grooming and dog walking are other popular side hustles that don’t require specialized skills.
For Washington’s son, it’s mowing the lawn.
“Honestly, I’d rather work on anything, especially when it’s something I love doing,” Isaiah Washington said.
When he was just 15 years old, Isaiah began knocking on doors with his friends in hopes that someone would pay them money.
Things changed for him in July of 2022 when a man saw him pushing his lawn mower down the sidewalk.
The man asked if he could take a photo and post it on social media to spread the word about Aisha’s work in the park.
His mother was hesitant at first.
Ashley said: “I was in the grocery store and he called me and said this crazy man was taking pictures of me and wanted to buy me something so I told him to run!”
But she agreed to let him set up a GoFundMe for Aisaiah to help him buy a new lawnmower, pay for his license, and save money to buy a truck.
“I think that same night 10 people texted me, and I was confused and didn’t know what was going on, but then the phone kept ringing, and more and more business,” Isaiah said.
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“For him to be so young to be doing what he’s not doing, I feel like I wish he didn’t have so much responsibility,” Ashley said.
Early last year, Ashley began losing her vision and went blind in her right eye.
With his mother going blind, Isaiah knew he would have to get more serious about tending to his garden.
On top of taking care of his mother, he has his side business, another part-time job at Walmart, and school.
And while it’s in good standing, the Better Business Bureau said you need to be careful when looking on the right side.
The BBB shared some basics – vet anyone you plan to work with, research side gigs before applying, all pay for the work, and get all the details in writing.
Isaiah said he hopes one day his interest in gardening will become his full-time focus.