How My Side Hustle Allowed Me to Quit My Job and Make $75/Hour From Home

Bookkeeping

If you’re looking for a great way to make money from home, a bookkeeping side hustle could be a great option.

Today I wanted to share a personal interview from someone who went from zero experience, to working as a bookkeeper on the side of his day job, to quitting his job to do bookkeeping full time!

I live in the Chicago suburbs with my wife, we have our first child on the way! Before bookkeeping I was a 3rd grade teacher. I did this for 4 years and really enjoyed the kids, but realized early on that teaching was not my passion.

Tell me a little background about yourself. What did you do before you started bookkeeping?

When I realized teaching wasn’t my passion, I knew I wanted to do something completely different if possible. I also knew that I wanted much more flexibility in my work schedule as, apart from summer, teachers have very little schedule flexibility.

How did you learn about bookkeeping as a side hustle or career option? What attracted you to bookkeeping specifically?

How did you initially get started in bookkeeping?

I initially got started my second or third year of teaching, so that would be somewhere between 2016-2017. I was still teaching full time and would continue to teach full time until June of 2018.

During this time, I was mostly doing the training to become a bookkeeper and making sure that it was something I enjoyed and could be passionate and skilled in.

I got started basically just through finding out about BBL (Bookkeeper Business Launch) and then doing research on it to make sure it was legitimate. I then talked to lots of family and friends about it as jumping from a full time job to starting your own business is not a trifling matter of course!

I had done quite a bit of personal finance budgeting and such for my wife and I, but no bookkeeping and no business experience!

What kind of experience did you have in bookkeeping before you started? Did you take any courses or other training to prepare?

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