Skip to main content
Season 2 Episode 9: "I Volunteer in My Free Time. Should I Focus on Making Money Instead?"

Season 2, Episode 9: “I Use My Free Time to Volunteer. Should I Focus on Making Money Instead?”

You’re employed. You’re making enough money to live on and putting a little away for the future. And you’re filling your free time with stuff you find enjoyable and fulfilling.

… but is it enough?

This week we handle the nagging feeling that you should be doing more with your time. It’s hard to fight against the advice that you need a second income stream, the coveted “side hustle”, even when in reality you’re doing just fine. It’s all tied into that most frightening of the coronavirus pandemic’s side effects: productivity porn.

And if that wasn’t enough terror, we slip in a real palm-sweaty story about that one time




This week’s question

Today’s letter comes to us from Tumblr follower DefineValidCharacters. They ask:

Hello Bitches. I currently have a full-time job that doesn’t pay the best but it’s enough to support my lifestyle. I also volunteer around twenty hours a week, sometimes more. The volunteering is really rewarding and I enjoy every second, but I’m wondering if that time would be better spent getting a second job or learning a new skill to improve my finances?

Tumblr follower DefineValidCharacters

For more on side gigs, second jobs, and volunteering, read these finely curated articles:

None of this would be possible without our patrons. The podcast—let alone the blog!—would be just figments of our imaginations were it not for the generous, incredible, conventionally attractive people who make up our Patreon. In exchange for their generous support, we bestow upon our patrons lots of fun shit—like exclusive merch, polls on article topics, direct 24/7 access to the Bitches, and embarrassing videos of us doing stuff! If you want to support us with your dollars as well as your words of affirmation, join our Patreon today!

One thought to “Season 2, Episode 9: “I Use My Free Time to Volunteer. Should I Focus on Making Money Instead?””

  1. Thank you so much for saying out loud how much time it takes to develop a side hustle… So, I like to crochet sometimes. I’m not super good at it, but at this point, the stuff I make is wearable without embarrassment. I am SO FUCKING TIRED of explaining to my friends why I don’t sell my stuff on Etsy.

    Yarn is expensive. It blows my mind how expensive yarn is. It costs me more to buy yarn for a sweater than it would cost me to buy that sweater in a store. I still do it for myself and my girlfriend, because 1) it’s fun to loop shiny strands of sheep hair together; 2) the durability is out of this world. I still make little things as gifts for friends, because I think gifts like that are quite special. But given how expensive materials are and how slowly I work, I’d probably make something like £2 an hour for selling a handmade hat, and that just makes me mad. Some things are just not worth doing for money, even if they are worth doing just for yourself.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *