Cutting up deer in his brother's garage for $70 a piece was Tony Styx's side hustle last fall. He saw it as way to net some extra cash for Christmas presents.
But recently Styx made the side hustle his main hustle.
Tony, his brother Michael and their wives, Mary and Lois, quit their jobs this summer and bought the former Shamp's Meat Market in Pine River, Minn.
"It was actually pretty scary," Tony said. "We all had good jobs."
Now Styx is cutting meat in a full butcher shop with a cooler large enough to hang 100 deer at a time — or 40 hogs, or 20 cows — depending on the season.
The business opened last month under the new name Fresh Start Market. So far, Styx said, things are going well. He's working 70 hours a week, but said he doesn't mind.
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"I don't even feel tired at the end of the week," he said. "I feel great."
The Side Hustle
These stories are part of an occasional series on solo entrepreneurial ventures known as "side hustles."