Odd jobs for a little extra cash
If my day job were actually a “day” job with a set schedule and regular hours, I would almost certainly have a part-time job to go with it. As it is, my only alternate stream of income is blogging which works well with my varied schedule.
I am always on the lookout for other ways to make a little extra cash, especially if it is a change-of-pace job. For instance, if your full-time job is as a school teacher, you might want to find a part-time job where you do not have to deal with people. If you have a stationary office job, you might want to get outside, if you are a construction worker, you might want a part-time job where you can get off your feet. Here are a few possibilities:
This is my current favorite – meaning that I would love to do this job. A pedi-cab is a conveyance powered by pedaling. These pedal-power vehicles look like a large tricycle or a Chinese rickshaw with three wheels. We see them all over downtown Denver and the drivers are usually in great shape after carting tourists all over town or to their vehicles after a concert or sporting event. Most drivers work for tips and rent their vehicles from various “pedi-cab” companies.
Sometimes businesses want to drive extra business during big sales or times of the year when their services are in high demand – like during tax season. Sign twirlers stand out by busy roads trying to draw attention to their signs by twirling, shaking or dancing with their signs. Kind of like an upgrade to the old sandwich board advertising of last century. I think this type of advertising is effective and fun!
Pro sports security
Many times security and parking lot attendants for big sports events are not full-time employees. They are simply people who need a little extra money. The work is not difficult and sometimes comes with a perk like lunch or a few glimpses of the game or concert. I worked a Monday Night Football game as security last year and enjoyed it even though I never really got close enough to see the field.
This is Mrs. Stew’s current dream job. Unfortunately, my job keeps me away from homes on nights and weekends – when she could be mystery “shopping”, but eventually she will find something that works. We have many friends who do this for a little extra money or even just free stuff. Look on Craigslist for opportunities or ask around. They are out there.
We have a friend who works 10 or 15 hours on weekends at the airport for one of the airlines. Her primary job is to push wheelchairs or help elderly flyers make it to the proper gate on time. It is a rewarding job that comes with an hourly rate of pay and free flights for her family!
I just ran into a person who spends all her spare time in the winter looking for elk, deer and moose “sheds”. I always thought it would be cool to find discarded antlers in the woods, but I did not realize the value that a nice rack can hold. I always wanted to find them to use as decoration or a conversation piece. The right weight, condition and arrangement can fetch $500 or more.
This is a rough way to go. I have heard that donating blood plasma is painful, however the donation can certainly save lives and also put a few extra bucks in your wallet. We have a plasma donation center a few blocks from my house . . . still getting up the nerve to go in and check it out.
Good old-fashioned babysitting. It is not for everyone, but I find it amazing how many people are looking for childcare and most prefer that their child be in a home and cared for someone who is a personal friend as opposed to a large daycare. All you need to do is drop a few hints about looking for children to babysit as a way to make some extra cash and possible customers will soon come your way.
There are lots of other ways to make some extra money. Do you have any suggestions?
Article by Stew
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