Jason Butler – Your Side Hustle Is a Crucial Path to Success [068]

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Your Side Hustle Is a Crucial Path to Success

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Monday through Friday is on constant repeat. You are fighting through rush hour traffic trying to be on time for your 9 to 5 job. You settled down at your desk with your cup of coffee in your hand only to be reminded that you do not have enough money to eliminate your debt. You cannot leave your 9 to 5 just yet, but you have so many ideas on how to make extra money. Some may call it a side hustle, but this side hustle may be your way to get out of debt. Do you take a chance on your side hustle, or do you continue living paycheck to paycheck?

In this episode, Sarah Li Cain speaks with Jason Butler, the owner of My Money Chronicles, a website where he discusses personal finance, side hustles, travel and more. Jason shared how he began flipping thrift store items, a side hustle to pay down his student loan debt, and how he used this experience to begin his blog. Jason also discusses what made him take his website more seriously in 2015 and his plan to scale this aspect of his business.

Episode highlights

  • Jason discusses his experience with eBay selling
  • How he juggled his side hustle (flipping) and blogging business
  • He shared his metric for success
  • Jason discusses his five-year end goal for his each of his businesses

About Jason Butler

Jason Butler is the owner of My Money Chronicles, a website where he discusses personal finance, side hustles, travel and more. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah State University. Jason has his BA in Marketing.

Jason started his blog in 2013 (The Butler Journal) as a way to hold himself accountable. He started taking it seriously in 2015 and things slowly started to get better for him. He became more focused on his finances and his writing. Jason realized that if he wanted things to change, he would have to practice more discipline and do what others were not doing. Jason started answering Sallie Mae’s phone calls instead of ignoring them. He was able to get current on all his debt within three months. Because of those things, Jason was able to increase his credit score by 168 points in 8 months. In 2019, he rebranded, and My Money Chronicles was born. In the last 2 years, he has been able to put more money on his debt. He is currently at $48,600, which is the lowest that his debt has been in over a decade.

Jason has been featured in Forbes, Discover, and Investopedia over the years.

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About Sarah Li Cain, Podcast Host

Sarah Li-Cain is a finance writer, the founder of Beyond the Dollar, and an AFC (Accredited Financial Counselor) candidate whose work has appeared in places like Bankrate, Business Insider, Redbook, Financial Planning Association, Stacking Benjamins and Her Money podcast with Jean Chatzky (of NBC Today). Her work blends practical tips and mindset strategies so that those trying to change their financial life can see themselves in the starring role. She also integrates physical, spiritual and mental wellness so that money becomes a tool to enhance people’s lives.

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