I am a professional baseball player, but not the kind that you see on TV. I play minor league baseball, far from the glitz and glam on the major leagues, and I survive on a small salary during the season. It has been a dream of mine to play baseball for a living ever since I can remember. Right now, I am living that dream, but there are some things I need to do to ensure I continue to live it. Living on a small salary throughout the year, while working a full time job is difficult, but it is the nature of what I do. I love to play baseball, so I make sacrifices to continue to do so. Someday I hope that I can play baseball with financial freedom, but I know that I need to put in the work on the front end to make this happen.
My paychecks end when the season ends each year, and I don’t get paid while I work out for hours each day in the off season. Being that this is my first off season in professional ball, I started to brainstorm ideas for making money to keep my dream alive. There aren’t a lot of positions where it is acceptable to only work for 6 months of the year, and I realized early on that my college degree wasn’t going to be much help in my job search. I soon began perusing the internet to see if there were any opportunities. After a few jobs making about $3 per hour, I came across freelance writing. I had plenty of experience writing in college and figured that this would be a great way to make some money throughout the year to support my dream of playing baseball.
Through a number of connections, I now have freelance jobs on MoneyNing.com, along with a number of other positions on the web. This has provided a steady supplemental income for me. I figure if I work 10 hours each week throughout the year, I should be able to make nearly $10,000 doing what I do. That doesn’t sound like much, but it means the opportunity to live my dream a little bit longer.
My fiancé and I are paying down some student loans. This extra income will help to pay these loans off much faster than previously expected. Again, this gives me a longer time to live my dream.
Are monetary issues preventing you from achieving a dream? Maybe you want a bigger family, a new house or are looking to renovate your existing living space. If so, making a supplemental income working just an hour or two a day can make a huge difference in the long run. This doesn’t have to be freelance writing, as it can be any number of things. If you brainstorm ideas, you are bound to come up with something that can leave you one step closer to achieving your hopes, goals and dreams.