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It’s an Odd Job But Somebody’s Got to Do It– Part II

Odd jobs are a great way to up your income with minimal effort.  I think we have all at one time or another worked one of these jobs.  When I was a kid I spent many Saturdays and summer vacations picking up golf balls out on the local driving range.  Out there alone with my thoughts, I had plenty of time to make life plans and dreams, and I made enough dough to catch a movie or get a pizza with friends.  I hope you guys found some good ideas for making extra money on my first list of odd jobs.  If not, I’d like to present a few more for your consideration.

If you know proper techniques and have access to a pool, try teaching private swim lessons.

For those with an eye for packaging and presentation, you could put together and sell gift baskets, think of personalized Easter baskets in springtime or at-home spa packages for Mother’s Day.

Get certified to do personal training or teach exercise classes such as water aerobics or Zumba

If you are a friend to furry companions and have the space you could breed animals like puppies, rabbits, or parakeets.

There are proven health benefits to being a pet owner but so often people find they don’t have time enough to care for one alone and would love the services of a dog walker.  And besides getting paid, you get to cash in on some of those health benefits as well.

Nobody likes cleaning their house, but strangely, many people actually enjoy cleaning other people’s houses and you can choose to accept or reject different jobs as you please.  I would honestly get a kick out of organizing people’s closets, lining up shoes and color-coding their sweaters.  If you are looking for a little bit less personal and more sterile environment you can look into cleaning office buildings, churches, or schools.

Pick up a paper route.  There may be daily or weekly options in your area.

Grab a whistle and sign up to referee.  Find out about intramural, kids, and retiree leagues near you.  It may be a good weekends-only job or just for the summer.

Are you sitting on an unused musical talent?  Teach piano, voice, guitar, or harmonica lessons.  Or use those same talents to play small ambiance gigs at coffee shops, social gathering, or hotel lobbies.

Help coach, manage, or keep score for  local sports teams.  Many schools will hire outside people for their teams, not just teachers.

Bake and sell homemade treats around the holidays, even popsicles for 4th of July.

Be a car for hire.  Drive a carpool, grocery wagon, or run friends’ errands for them.  If you don’t mind driving and have the time it can be a great job and you can also get your errands done at the same time.

There is way too much of this going on to not mention it.  Try your hand at multi-level marketing type sales if you have an inner salesman.  Some of the most well-known and respected companies are Mary Kay, Amway, and Avon.

I hope some of these piqued your interest, I am thinking about trying some of them myself because you know it is never too early to start saving for Christmas, my kid’s education, or even retirement.  Every little bit helps. 

Have you made a career of odd jobs?  Are you thinking about diving into a new odd job?

Article publié pour la première fois le 07/05/2012

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