How To Grow Your Side Hustle Into a Thriving Income

Trish ~ Labor Nurse Mama
August 15, 2019

Side hustle for moms is all the rage, isn't it? I mean everyone knows someone who is doing some kind of mom side hustle, right? Side hustles are not just for moms, it's for everyone. Guys like my uber-creative sons who have artistic abilities and gifts to share with the world.

Side hustles are out there for us all.

Side hustling is in my blood. My momma taught me well. I remember sitting at the top of our stairs, watching as my mom led her group of women in Mary Kay. She had her makeup trays, her little lipsticks, and her money.

She went on to successfully create thriving side hustles my entire life. She just recently stopped to rest, at almost 80!

Why I am here and who I am:

Hey mama, I am Trish— AKA Labor Nurse Mama. I am a labor and delivery nurse with over 15 years of high-risk OB experience. I am also a mama to 7 kids and have given birth to 6. This means I am quite familiar with the postpartum period and how to navigate it. I am the online birth class educator for Calm Labor Confident Birth and The VBAC Lab birth classes and the mama expert inside our Calm Mama Society, a pregnancy & postpartum membership community! I am passionate about your birth and motherhood journey! You can find me over on IG teaching over 230k mamas daily. I am passionate about your birth and motherhood journey!

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Back in the day, side hustles for moms (and dads) consisted of in home parties and catalog sales.

But girl, that has changed and it has changed for the better. No longer do you have to go into a stranger's home (unless you like to, which I did love me a good Tupperware party) and no longer do you have to put a catalog in the break room.

Side hustles have changed gears and if you want to jump in and make a viable fulltime income from a side hustle job, then read on.

Pick your Side Hustle

What's your flavor? Is it an Etsy shop, a blog, or do you want to become a social media influencer?

The choices are limitless and all of them can allow you to stay at home, or travel abroad, all while making a significant income.

The important part of choosing a side hustle is picking one that you are passionate enough to hustle.

Cause, working a side hustle is just that, a lot of hard hustling and an unlimited amount of determination.

Lay a Plan Down

Okay, starting a side hustle for moms and dads is really darn cool and all but it is HARD WORK. Did I mention that already? I think I did.

Take me, for instance, Anna and I started our Etsy shop and then a year later started the blog. We weren't serious at first, and our business floundered. It didn't do anything but stress the crap out of us.

It wasn't until I started taking it seriously as a business and investing time and money into the education of said mom blogger (me) and laid out a plan.

You need a business plan, no matter how small the side hustle. Then be flexible cause you're going to modify it as your business knowledge grows.

It Takes Money to Make Money

I don't care what any blogger, entrepreneur, Etsy shop owner, or whatever side hustling momma you speak to, they invested money.

Do not believe the people who are saying they miraculously made money by blah, blah, blah. At some point, they invested money.

Blogging takes money. Not a ton but it takes money. (if you want my help, I want to help you set up your new blog, with you, for free. Yes, for free.

Why? Because if you do it through my link, Bluehost pays me. So, I am getting paid, but not by you. That's one of the many ways bloggers make money! Cool right?

Same as your local Pampered Chef consultant cooks for you for free. Why? Because she makes money when you buy from her catalog (AKA link!).

Soak Up Everything

You have to be a student, and literally devour everything you can about your particular side hustle. Research, research and then yep, research some more.

After that, you better delve into the world of social media, because that is the way of the business world these days. You can't reach the market through the old fashioned methods. You have to join them to reach them. And there is pretty much not a niche that doesn't require social media know how.

Social media is our version of word of mouth. You have to get the word out in the markets that consumers live.




No matter the side hustle for moms and dads that you choose, you will need to master it, and possibly one of the above social media platforms, one at a time. This is a considerable component of your success in side hustling.

If you've read any of my posts on our tremendous success, then you know that we have invested money into education. This has not been in vain. Our blog and Etsy shop are making a significant income for us at this point.

I 100% know that it is because of my voracious desire to learn the insides and outside of this business of blogging and the social media attached to promoting the blog.

I learned and mastered Pinterest to the point that I now teach others my exact method in an online course. Through fierce determination and a very particular strategy, we are now getting around 300k views a month.

I am excited to say that my students are also succeeding and seeing a massive increase in traffic and subsequently, their affiliate income. I love getting their screenshots and sharing the excitement of their increased successes.

The most incredible thing about Pinterest is that it doesn't matter what your side hustle is, it can be used to build any business to success.

Time will be Your Biggest Investment

If you are looking for an easy way to quit your fulltime job and sit on the couch eating cookies, this is not it.

A side hustle for moms that work that replaces your 9-5 income will be time-consuming. But oh, so worth it. You know why? Because you are the one who sets the pace and you are the one who reaps the rewards.

The more time you invest into your side hustle, the more significant return and the quicker you reap the reward.

Be purposeful, even if you only have an hour a day. You can grow a thriving business that will replace your current job. I would suggest that you dedicate a certain number of hour per day and learn how to use those hours properly.

You have to be intentional and maximize your time. There is a term called ROI. It's your return on investment. You need to spend time doing the things that bring you a return on investment.

Make a list of the key components that will grow your business and focus on those. For us it was Pinterest, we focused solely on Pinterest for months before launching the blog. I learned the inside and outside of the most powerful visual search engine known to creators. The most important ROI for our blog was getting views. The more eyes, the more money!

We got over 25k our first month, and now average around 200-300k views per month.

Education is key. It's the truth for us all!

Good luck and get to it! Don't wast time wishing! Make it happen!

Key Takeaway: Read other blogs in your niche, read entrepreneurial books, and take courses like ours, to grow your side hustle.

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Just a little Disclaimer: As always, I am just writing my thoughts and what I’ve learned along the way. Although I am in fact a labor and delivery RN, This is not medical advice. You should always seek and follow the advice of your care provider.

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