Making extra cash on the side to make ends meet

Reporter: Therese O'Shea
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The season of savings might mean picking up a part time gig to help supplement your holiday budget.

But in 2019, that doesn’t just mean working retail or driving a delivery truck, now it’s all about flexibility.

We talked to one mom-trepreneur from Naples, who turned a hobby into extra cash year round.

As a wife and a mom of three, Ashley Long has a long list for Santa every year.

“It’s nice during the holiday season to not have to you know, worry about buying the extra gift or buying for my husband and not have to ask him for money,” said Long.

The former paralegal needed a way to keep busy and earn extra cash for her growing family.

“After I had my first daughter, I just didn’t really want to go back to work and I figured I’d figure out a way to supplement income,” Long said.

So she created the Tiny Blessings Boutique where she designs baby and kids’ photo props and accessories. Before she knew it, her hobby blossomed into a bustling business.

“I started on Zulily then turned into I was selling on Buy Buy Baby,” said Long.

Building on her initial success, Ashley and her friend Spencer Rigsby LR Luxe, designing trendy jewelry.

“Our girls can play together and have fun while we’re working at the same time,” said Long.

Making money to spend on their families, rather than taking them away from them.

“I get to stay home with the baby more and I can still do all of those activities and fun things with them without missing anything,” Long said.
And Ashley is not alone, more side hustles are becoming flexible both during the holiday, and year-round.
The most popular today is ride sharing, delivering for a food delivery company, renting your room or home on sites like Air BNB, and even tutoring online.

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