Odd jobs (many of them) earned him $ 50,000 to pay off student loans and a great story to tell
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Last December, Kamaka Dias announced his crazy idea pay off $ 50,000 in student debt by the end of 2020 by working for anyone who hires him.
He wasn’t looking for a 9 to 5 gig to make money. He wanted to do odd jobs.
“Since the report we did in December, the response has been incredible,” he said.
Dias, 27, named it “The $ 50,000 Race”. Dividing his time between Hilo and Oahu, he did everything from light chores to manual labor.
“I picked up groceries, cupcakes, flowers, food, cut grass, planted trees, cleared bushes, raked leaves, painted, ran dumpsters. Everything! ”He said.
Dias even cleaned a student’s dormitory, celebrated a close friend’s wedding, bathed and walked dogs, and dressed up as Buzz Lightyear for a child’s birthday party.
Word of mouth gave him more work.
His Journal of the Year lists over 300 different job entries.
“It’s my planning book, my book that I write everything in, every dollar I earn, every dollar I spend, the names of the people who have helped me, it’s all there,” he said. declared.
For full transparency, he uploaded daily and weekly updates to his Facebook and Instagram pages, showing him at work and updating his earnings.
So far he has raised over $ 48,000 for his $ 50,000. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
“People were inspired by the hustle and bustle and frugality of it all,” he said.
Dias thought the pandemic would slow things down, but the opposite has happened. Job offers keep coming. Someone even gave him a car so he could get to work.
“The fact that they always want to support me and get me to the finish line is really cool,” he said.
He also gave back by using his stimulus check to create hundreds of gift boxes for high school students. “I grew up always wanting to give and help,” he said.
Dias expects to reach his goal of $ 50,000 soon, and then he plans to write a book about the race and the people who got it involved.
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