I’ll try to keep it short.
In June of '18 I was working at a well-known pizza-chain, when I had a slip-and-fall while on delivery down half a flight of stairs. The particular branch I worked at was… not friendly. Before the accident I was tolerating it, in hopes I could transfer to a better and closer store, but after, it became bad enough (since I couldn’t work at full capacity, but they had to keep me on payroll) that I decided to leave.
Around that time, my elder sister was pregnant with their 3rd, but was having some minor complications. Keeping that part of the story short, I mini-moved (bare essentials) in with them in Sept. to help out a bit, which also greatly helped me out too.
At some point I found this: 32 Ways to Make Extra Money | DaveRamsey.com When I first read this and considered the options, I picked number 10 to try, since I am a hobbyist photographer, but I did note number 6.
Fast forward: 6 months, a slowly improving injury, and a few temporary jobs later, and the household was +1 and it was time for me to move on. Among my options was a long-distance relationship with my boyfriend of 6 years and the need to either get to know each other better or to let the relationship go. After a LOT of consideration and input from others, I moved in April '19 three timezones across the country to where I am now.
I started looking for jobs, even before I moved, but none of them panned out. The area is a primarily tourism and military, which means the majority of frequently available jobs are labor intense, and I still was not able to do heavy work for hours straight for days on end without either a lot of pain or meds, both of which are dings for hiring.
Then I came across that article again. Remember number 6? I hadn’t seriously considered it before, because I didn’t have the tools or other resources while I’d been at my sister’s place, plus there were two toddlers. While I still had left most of my things in storage for this move, this time I did have all my art-stuff. Lastly, this time I actually looked into what was offered for art already, and, while I’m not an amazing artist, I am good enough to compete.
So, I signed up in Oct '19. After that, I discovered there was a LOT more services and categories than just art, and expanded my offerings.
tldr: Fiverr was listed in a blog on earning a bit of extra money on the side