I first encountered the term “hustle” while playing tee ball as a seven-year-old. “Hustle up!” my middle-aged coach would yell between innings of the game. My teammates and I would push the brims down on our emerald green mesh ball caps, grip our mitts tighter, and sprint to the dugout.
“Hustle! Hustle!” he yelled again to us down the first base line as we tried to outrun the throw to first.
“Show some hustle!” he yelled to me at practice when I chased a ball into the outfield and threw with all my might to the pitcher.
By the end of that tee ball season (a championship season for us Indians I should note), I knew the meaning of hustle. It meant hurry up, run, go after it, beat it and win all in one word.
Now that Andy and I have our actual number for our down payment savings goal, I’m finding new ways to “show some hustle.” One of those ways is working as a personal shopper for Shipt.
Shipt is kind of the Uber of grocery shopping. Members order and pay for groceries online and then request a delivery time frame. Shipt shoppers are then notified when an order has been placed and can claim the order. Once a shopper claims the order, he or she then has access to the member’s order and delivery instructions. The shopper goes to the store, shops for the requested items and delivers the order to the member within the requested time frame. Shoppers are then paid $5 per order plus a percentage of the order total plus tips.
Because Shipt shoppers make their own schedules and determine how often to work, Shipt seemed like a great way to earn some extra money. However, it has not been as reliable a source of income as I would like. For example, sometimes I put myself on the schedule for 9 am to 2 pm and am offered only two orders. My hourly rate is also significantly influenced by whether the member tips or not. On average, I would say that I earn $10 an hour working as a Shipt shopper.
On days when I have busted my hump to shop three orders in four hours with intense accuracy and efficiency, I may only make forty dollars. I get discouraged wondering if I could have spent those four hours doing something more productive and lucrative. I start wondering how much money will eventually be taken out of my pay for taxes, which are charged at a higher rate as an independent contractor.
But that’s why we call it hustle, right? Hustle is hard. It requires grit, intensity, perseverance, and a lot of energy. I am realizing that hustle requires pushing myself harder than I’ve had to for a while. It means going out on a Sunday afternoon to shop orders when I would rather be relaxing at home with my family. It means pushing fully loaded, left-veering shopping carts through sideways rain in the parking lot. I’m learning that hustle means saying no the pleasure and ease of the now in order to get the reward in the future.
If Shipt isn’t the best fit for you, here is a list from Dave Ramsey’s website of other potential side-jobs for you to get your hustle on.