Hustle Away Debt

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Hustle Away Debt

I am excited to have my friend, David Carlson, owner of the blog Young Adult Money on the podcast to talk about his first book, Hustle Away Debt. For anyone who has listened to my show, you know that I am a huge fan of side hustles. For me, my main side hustle is freelance writing, and David was actually my first client.

I received an advance copy of his book, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is knew to side hustling or looking to expand your side hustling business. David gives lots of great ideas and tips for how to make more money on the side; and this extra money can be used to pay down debt or achieve any other financial goals you may have.

What are we drinking?

David — A Big Ginger (2 Gingers Whiskey & Ginger Ale)

Shannon — A dirty gin martini

Podcast Notes

  • Shannon’s first side hustle was writing for Young Adult Money.
  • David decided to write a book specifically about side hustling after his journey with side hustling to pay down his student loan debt.
  • Side hustles take a lot of time and often require sacrifices.
  • David says your 20s and 30s are a time to try side hustling.
  • It is easy to give up on your hopes and dreams once you get stuck in debt and don’t know how to get out of it.
  • Side hustles give you promise and hope of getting out of debt!
  • David names poker as a side hustle in his book.
  • A few popular side hustles include blogging, virtual assistance, graphic design, and social media management.
  • David’s book includes a side hustle spreadsheet to help give you clarity around what you could do as a side hustle.
  • Some side hustles will make you money right away, while some, like blogging, take time to build before you start earning.

Random Three Questions

  1. What is your favorite book to read for enjoyment?
  2. Are you an appetizer or a dessert person?
  3. What would you do if you won a million dollars?

Have you ever side hustled? What side hustles do you enjoy?

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.


  1. I enjoy creating websites and tend to apply all my skills in this area. What I like the most is the fulfillment when clients are satisfied with work I do as well as those moments they give feedback to improve websites.

  2. Wow! I’m surprised to see so few comments.

    I found this episode to be awesome. In fact, shortly after I listened to it (the first time) I ordered DC’s book. I tour through that thing the day I got it. I’ve been Hustling since I could sell Matchbox cars out of my little red wagon in the ’60’s. Yeah, I’m NOT Young Adult Money. 🙂

    Any who . . . I’ve had side jobs off and on for most of my life, and David’s book really rings true.

    I have to say, I really enjoyed the story about the cruise and DW. 🙂

    Oh, as for your Dirty Martini, what makes it Murky?

    Oh, sorry, gotta run. I’m late to a Poker game. Let me grab my extra cards.

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