If you read a lot of personal finance blogs, you’re probably familiar with the term “side hustle”. A side hustle is simply a way to make extra money outside of your regular 9-5 job. Most personal finance bloggers consider their sites their side hustles; they write, build a following, put up ads and/or sponsored content, get paid to guest post, etc. And there are a few bloggers who bring in some serious dough. (I’m talking thousands of dollars each month – you go, friends!)
I can’t really explain why, but I’ve never seen Blonde on a Budget as my side hustle. In fact, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve made exactly $0 from this site. Call me crazy, silly or stupid, but I just can’t talk myself into putting ads up. When I was still paying down my debt, I hated the idea of anyone coming here and seeing an ad for a credit card or any other financial product that I didn’t use personally. “I can’t be a hypocrite!” Once I hit 100,000 pageviews/month, I started to question that decision – especially when some of my best blogging friends told me how much I could be making – but I have yet to change my stance.