I Haven’t Had a 9–5 in Three Years

No, I don’t live at home.

Sophie Grace
2 min readApr 10, 2024
Photo by Lala Azizli on Unsplash

I have not had a W-2 since 2021. Don’t get me wrong, these past three years have not been easy on the financial end for me even in the slightest. My mental health, however, has benefited greatly.

So how have I managed to stay afloat?

I like to think that the need to make money outside of a 9–5 has made me incredibly creative and resourceful. I have written many articles about how I make money through side hustles and passive income. I even have a list on my profile full of them (linked below).

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You can read any of those articles and understand just how I have been able to keep food on the table and pay my rent. I make money from Redbubble, Teepublic, Medium, Doordash, Instacart, Amazon Affiliate program, Depop, Mercari, and more. It may not work for everyone but it works for me. This is how I prefer it. A 9–5 job is not and has never been for me.

I have even found a few new forms of making money online such as Data Annotation and the Facebook bonus program. I would love to go more…