5 Women Whose Side Hustles Helped Retire Their Husbands

I am a sucker for a good, not Cinderella story. A story where a woman rises up kicks some booty and doesn’t wait for Prince Charming to slip her into a life of comfort. Women who are intelligent, strong and unwilling to settle. Thankfully, we have a world filled with women like this. As a stay at home mom of (oh my gosh) almost a decade, I have a strong desire to use my passions and talents to help my family have the best life possible. I don’t mean buying my kids all the coolest clothes. The kind of life I’m talking about is one of purpose, without financial stress. That’s why I’m talking today about 5 women whose simple side hustles helped retire their husbands.  Not only that, they provided financial freedom for their families. Hint: they’re not all bloggers…I promise. 

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1. Jessica Larrew

Did you know you could sell store bought items on Amazon? This huge online retailer is not only popular when it comes to people shopping for quick purchases, but can also make you huge amounts of money.

Jessica started selling from home after losing her job back in 2008. From there Jessica and her husband faced a lot of hardships and even lost their house. They used this seemingly negative time to re-group and get their financial situation in order.

It wasn’t long before Jessica and her husband Cliff were working side by side using AmazonFBA.

The best part is, they have been so thrilled with their success, that they want to help as many people as they can. They have created many courses and ebooks to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn the ropes of Amazon:

2. Ruth Soukop

I just learned about Ruth not too long ago when I saw her book at Target. Right there in the store, I looked her up and was shocked to find that she started out as a blogger just like me.

Ruth started her blog, Living Well, Spending Less with an intention very similar to my own. To get right with your finances and create a simpler life. She started this blog because she herself was terrible at managing money and her marriage was suffering because of it.

I don’t know about you, but I can totally relate. The goal of her blog is to reach women in a similar position and help them to remove stress from their lives and find ways to save more while getting more time back in their lives.

Her blog became such a success that she was able to pay off their house early and retire her husband. They now work together with a power-house team of people to manage her blog, business, books, and products.

Ever wondered how to start your own blog? I created a course just to help aspiring bloggers who want to start earning money and seeing success with blogging

3. Rosemarie Groner

Rosemarie is a former state trooper who knew she had to find a way to become a stay at home mom. Not only did she look for ways to cut back in order to survive financially, but she also started a side hustle blogging to document her families budget changes.

Finding ways to cut back and reduce their budget played a huge roll in her starting her blog, Busy Budgeter. Through sharing her own money and budgeting strategies on the blog, she is not making over $100,000 per month.

Because of the blog’s wild success, she was able to retire her husband and help him start his dream job (running a brewery!) Talk about the wife of the year.

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4. Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Michelle has been a personal blog motivator of mine as her blog, Making Sense of Cents is now pulling in over $100,000 per month.

Not only were her and her husband able to travel via RV around the country, but they have recently purchased a sailboat so they can take to the seas. As a minimalist myself, this sounds like a dream come true.

Michelle worked on her blog for years, sharing with her readers her own personal debt payoff of her $40,000 in student loans. Although her blog started as a side hustle to help with student loan debt, she quickly realized she could easily turn blogging into a serious income stream.

Over $50,000 of her monthly earnings come from affiliate links, which is why she created her course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing to teach other bloggers how to have similar success.

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5. Janine Dutton

Who would have ever thought underwear could make a person a millionaire?

Janine started like most by buying products for cheap at outlets and discount stores and then selling for a profit on eBay. It wasn’t long before she realized she could turn this into a career. What started as a side hustle quickly had her quitter her full-time job.

To get started, Janine decided to take out a small loan and was able to pay it off before the bill was due! She quickly grew out of working from home and now operates out of 2 large warehouse type rooms.

With all of her success, she was able to hire her dad, mom and husband to help her run this side hustle turned booming business. You can read her full story here.

How to get started

If you have ever dreamed of using a side hustle to help your family financially, the best advice I could give you is to just get started, and keep on going!

None of these women saw success overnight. They worked hard and they kept at it.

There is no reason that you can’t find financial success while doing something that you love!

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  1. Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather | 1st Aug 18

    I love all of these bloggers! The only one I hadn’t heard of was Janine, will be sure to check her out. They are all so inspiring to me as well 🙂

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