LaTanya J. , a close friend of mine, had just come from her hair appointment. She said, “Man we have got to get on our hustle.” I was confused…I said, “What are you talking about?!” She said her beautician had a store that she managed and she had two Super Shuttle vans in her parking lot. “Why two?” …because if one van broke down, she could still make money while the other was getting repaired.
“Wow…and she did hair?”
“Yup…in the back of the store she managed.”
LaTanya and I were both engineers with Lockheed but I immediately thought to myself…
how I could make money if I lost my job?
Currently, I have a couple of things I’m working on with real estate but what else? I have a bartenders certificate and I’m a certified rescue & master scuba diver. I’m working on some writing projects also. I could always apply to Chic fil a…I love Chic fil a. :o)
So, I pose the question to you, What is your plan A, B, C or D?
Another way of looking at it, what hobbies or volunteer activities could you turn into money earning activities? How could you get that second revenue stream?
Think…most latino students have one quick advantage, they’re bilingual. Do you know Spanish? Are you handy? Are you interested in an apprenticeship? I know plenty of people that have their own business and make a good living.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I was convinced early to go to college. Looking back, I don’t think that’s the best thing…not for everyone. If you don’t go to college, learn a trade or start doing something legal that’s going to allow you to become a business owner. Even if you don’t start a business with an apprenticeship you will have the skills to get a job. My experience has been that my piece of paper (bachelors degree) helped me attain a job…but, after graduating, the 3 jobs I worked while in college helped me keep the job. Not everyone I know, after graduating, received a job and if they received a job it wasn’t always in their career field. I know one thing, all of them had a mountain of debt.
You can start your own business, possibly take a loan for truck and tools, and be working towards financial independence. A degree is banking on getting a job that might not be there after graduation.
I say this to reiterate…What is your plan A, B, C or D?
Like working on cars = Get an ASE certification, become a mechanic
Like cooking = Learn to cook an entire menu, buy a food truck.
Like to drive = Get a loan for a car, drive for Uber
Like to dream = Become an inventor
Good at lying = Go into politics (Joking)
All these hobbies are things you can do on the side. So in pursuit to become a doctor, lawyer, pilot a side hustle wouldn’t hurt. With multiple income streams, you can attain financial independence faster.
Regardless of the path you start on, have a plan and goals along the way.
To be honest, my plan A is really working out but I’m close to realizing my plan B and C…but it’s MY plan…get yours!
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Ask yourself, what are you doing today to get you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”
Shout out to LaTanya owner of Pink Piggy Sweets ~ Organic Baking at its Best.
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