Good morning, and welcome to the weekend. I owe you all an apology for not talking about what’s “natural” last week, but in my defense, it was difficult to do from 12,000 feet.
I also owe you another apology, because I’m going to take my second Side Bar this week.
Why? Because I just returned from my family’s annual ski trip, in Keystone, CO for the third straight year.
I like Keystone because it’s close to the Denver airport compared to most of the ski towns (which minimizes the time I spend traveling with my three elementary-age kids), it’s small and easy to get around, and the trails are long. The other thing I like about it, is that the staff are very helpful and friendly.
I wanted to meet up with an old acquaintance of mine who started a small business there years ago, but we could not connect. During my time there, however, I noticed many a side hustler, and so I thought it would be interesting to talk about some of the things people with good outdoor skills do to make money on the side while enjoying the great outdoors in Mountain Time. Maybe one of you out there might be interested in trying one of these ideas out.
1. Freelance Photography
If you like photography, some of the best scenery you’ll find is in the mountains. Maybe you position at the bottom of a serious mogul run where people come flying off a jump at the end, maybe you take pictures of the kids in ski school, or maybe you just capture the natural beauty of the landscape and wildlife. Either way, this is a great area to turn your hobby into a side hustle. If you are good enough, you can really parlay this into a meaningful small business using social media outlets.
2. Social Media Influencer
If you have a knack for finding interesting ways to enjoy the outdoors, can write well, and have a personality that comes across well on video, you may be able to establish a social media following. If you get good at this, you may even be able to market yourself as a promoter of outdoor brands.
3. Ski Instructor
I blew a lot of money paying people to teach my kids to ski. Most of this money went to the resort, which is kind enough to post signage (physically and on its website) reminding all of us that we should tip the instructors generously. They all had wads of cash. If you can do it, not a bad way to earn a few extra bucks.
4. Rafting Guide
I met a guy on the chair lift who does this. You have to learn a lot about safety. He said he hadn’t killed anyone yet but had a number of war stories about what happens to sedentary people on Class III and IV rapids. I was humored to say the least.
Next week: Back to what’s “natural”?
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