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« Reply #600 on: October 18, 2017, 05:50:33 PM »
I have a teaching license, so I was able to get a very part time teaching job at night.  I teach adult immigrants how to read English.  It's about five hours a week, and I take home an extra $500 a month.  It's super easy and fun!  Definitely a fun side gig.

I actually volunteer to do this, but is there a specific requirement in order to teach for income? I would love to have it as a side hassle because I genuinely enjoy it. Even when I am in a horrendous mood, just being in the class cheers me up.


Requirements all depend on where you are (and on the employer).

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« Reply #601 on: October 18, 2017, 06:15:12 PM »
I was invited to participate in a research group for automotive enthusiasts/collectors...turns out it pays $600/half day and they want me for two (half) days.

I'm hoping it actually happens!

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« Reply #602 on: October 28, 2017, 03:14:33 PM »
Teaching piano. It started out as a favor to a friend who's daughter lost their previous teacher. My wife has a "wine night" every Monday, so I teach while the Mom's all hang out. It started a year ago with one student, now I have 6 students with a 7th getting set up soon. It's providing $250 extra / month at this point. All it takes is patience with the kids and a half hour each lesson. After working a 10 hour day it gets a little tiresome, but it's a good gig.

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« Reply #603 on: October 29, 2017, 09:02:21 AM »
I make about $1000 every holiday season by offering gift-wrapping service.

They provide their own papers, decorations & consumables (tape), I show up with my toolbox (good scissors etc) and do everything they have in 1 trip. I charge $3.50 per gift big or small and prefer to make only one trip to wrap everything (I work at their house).

When I started I had a classified ad, now I have enough referrals/regulars to stay as busy as I would like to be during the season. Average job is about 4-5 hours and 30-40 gifts.

I find a perverse satisfaction in making money from other people's consumerism LOL.

This is brilliant.

I agree - made  note for the season where extra personal time is available!

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« Reply #604 on: October 30, 2017, 03:04:23 PM »
I make about $1000 every holiday season by offering gift-wrapping service.

They provide their own papers, decorations & consumables (tape), I show up with my toolbox (good scissors etc) and do everything they have in 1 trip. I charge $3.50 per gift big or small and prefer to make only one trip to wrap everything (I work at their house).

When I started I had a classified ad, now I have enough referrals/regulars to stay as busy as I would like to be during the season. Average job is about 4-5 hours and 30-40 gifts.

I find a perverse satisfaction in making money from other people's consumerism LOL.

This is brilliant.

I agree - made  note for the season where extra personal time is available!

Agreed, this seems like a great idea for the almost FI or the newly FIRED people that have a lot more free time on their hands.
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« Reply #605 on: November 08, 2017, 12:48:22 PM »
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« Reply #606 on: November 08, 2017, 01:59:11 PM »
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« Reply #607 on: November 08, 2017, 09:40:25 PM »
I make about $1000 every holiday season by offering gift-wrapping service.

They provide their own papers, decorations & consumables (tape), I show up with my toolbox (good scissors etc) and do everything they have in 1 trip. I charge $3.50 per gift big or small and prefer to make only one trip to wrap everything (I work at their house).

When I started I had a classified ad, now I have enough referrals/regulars to stay as busy as I would like to be during the season. Average job is about 4-5 hours and 30-40 gifts.

I find a perverse satisfaction in making money from other people's consumerism LOL.

This is brilliant.

I agree - made  note for the season where extra personal time is available!

You go to their house but there are 40 gifts to wrap?

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« Reply #608 on: December 15, 2017, 09:01:24 PM »
A side gig I'll continue even after getting a full time jobs that pays more is being a construction Security Guard.

The job requires you to secure the entrance and let no one who isn't authorized inside, beyond that you can use your phone to read a book or relax and watch videos.

I actually reread all of MMM Posts while at Work, and took the time to pocket archive all of the best ones to reread again.

It's an awesome job even if it does pay minimum wage.

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« Reply #609 on: December 15, 2017, 09:09:53 PM »
Jazz piano player. Tax prep.

I've got 30 years of experience playing piano...started when I was 5 yo.  Glad it puts some extra cash in my pocket.


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« Reply #610 on: December 16, 2017, 09:41:29 AM »
A side gig I'll continue even after getting a full time jobs that pays more is being a construction Security Guard.

The job requires you to secure the entrance and let no one who isn't authorized inside, beyond that you can use your phone to read a book or relax and watch videos.

I actually reread all of MMM Posts while at Work, and took the time to pocket archive all of the best ones to reread again.

It's an awesome job even if it does pay minimum wage.

Raj- can you do this part-time/on the weekends or evenings? Also, how did you get into this line of work?
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« Reply #611 on: December 16, 2017, 10:15:55 AM »
I tutor. I did it a lot in college and after spending two years abroad, still two of my old students contacted me after they heard I was back. Currently it's pretty much covering the cost of the trips I make to my hometown once/twice a month.

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« Reply #612 on: December 17, 2017, 03:41:02 AM »
Raj- can you do this part-time/on the weekends or evenings? Also, how did you get into this line of work?
Yes you can in fact do it part time and on the weekends, in fact that's what I did when I was in University.

The only downside to doing it part time is you are going to have to do night shifts if you want a shift or two every week, where as if you say day time only your more likely to get it once a month if you insist on doing only construction shifts like I do.

Basically if you want a lot of shifts regularly then it needs to be full time, but if you want a supplementary job to get income occasionally then it also makes an awesome side job.

Also the shifts are only so rare if you narrow it down to just construction, if your willing to also do normal security work your near guaranteed to get shifts on the weekend especially if your willing to do nightshifts.

I got into this because of my father and my laziness as a high school student.

My Father had been trying to get me to do a part time job through out high school and I would humor him by throwing a resume at a store if he was with me but otherwise didn't bother looking.  (I was a lazy shit as a teenager who only wanted to read various fiction books)

I never got an interview and I was nearing the end of high school.  My Dad was exasperated at me and my step brother Mark was a Security Guard himself who told him there are a fair amount of jobs in the field currently since you need a license and not many people are interested.

So for my 18th birthday present he enrolled me into a Security Guard Course, where on the weekend I had to attend some quick and easy lessons.  After a few weeks of doing high school and this extra course I finished the extra course and took my Security Guard Exam.

It took a month or two to get processed so I graduated high school and got my Security Guard License around the same time.

Mark then told me that his employer was looking to expand and got me an interview.

The interview itself was barely even an interview at all, my boss just wanted to know that I had my Security Guard License and when told I had no experience said that I could learn on the job.

I was then told to go to the Uniform group which gave me a custom fitted uniform which cost around $300 all together and came out of my paycheck and then started my first shift late August.

A few weeks later I was then in College and continued doing Security Guard shifts on the weekends.

I did that throughout the years even after I shifted to University until I finished all my courses. 

I couldn't find an Accounting Job in Co-Op which is needed to graduate right away, so I shifted to full time Security and have been looking for an Accounting job ever since although I recently have started applying to volunteer ones as well so I can graduate.

That's my story on how I got into being a Security Guard.

I'll now fully explain the process.

First you have to get your security guard license, I live in Canada so I'm not sure if it's different in Colorado but it's not difficult to do.

You take a few classes for a week or two and get taught how to do CPR etc.

You then take a test that is rather easy and pay to get your license.

I've actually forgotten most of what I learned in that security course because in my 4 years of experience as a Security Guard none of it has ever come up.

You've now gotten your license and apply to become a normal security guard.

A Normal Security Guard's duties are to deter theft by being an intimidating gargoyle that hovers around meat and medicine and patrols.

It's rather dull and the only source of entertainment is one headphone where you can listen to things like a podcast etc.

After a month of doing that Full Time or a year of doing that part time you can then apply to become a construction guard.

Your new duty is to secure the entrance and only allow authorized personnel inside the store.  They either can't lock it so that construction workers can come in and out, or their is a hole in the wall and your by yourself.

Either way you tell any customers or unauthorized people who come that they can't enter, and you ask anyone who your not 100% sure about if they are working there.

These are usually 10 - 12 hours shifts and of that time, I spend less than an hour overall up and talking to people scattered about with the rest of the time being on my phone reading various fiction books or even watching movies during the more dead times.

It can be a little irritating to interrupt myself every 15 minutes or so for 30 seconds but it is definitely worth it.

All throughout this you'll being paid minimum wage or a bit above it if you get some experience.

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« Reply #613 on: January 03, 2018, 08:30:41 AM »
Just did a gig for a big private party on NY eve. Free dinner and a few beers, 6 hrs "work" (much of that relaxing with the band between sets while DJ did his thing) and got paid $430.

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« Reply #614 on: January 03, 2018, 10:16:01 AM »
Here in the states you don't need a license to be a security guard. If you carry a gun you need a license for that. At the museum where my wife works all you do is put in an application and they basically hire you if your record is clean. Pay starts at $11 an hour which is 'ok' if one is an hourly worker type of person. Once you are hired all you do is stand in the gallery all day and watch the hot girls go by.

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« Reply #615 on: January 04, 2018, 07:33:46 AM »
I work in Landscaping and tree care, and I did moonlighting gigs the whole four years I was working for someone else since we moved here.  A bit risky, because my work contract explicitly forbade it, and I could have been fired for it at any point.  However, my independent work developed enough that I could quit my day job and go solo - now I'm earning double and working fewer hours.  Worked out well!     

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« Reply #616 on: January 09, 2018, 07:58:22 AM »
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« Reply #617 on: January 09, 2018, 01:28:04 PM »
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I love this idea, but how did you get into it? Just put a listing on CL? Are there any certifications or anything that you've obtained?
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« Reply #618 on: January 09, 2018, 02:53:26 PM »
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Organizing, Retirement Downsizing, Minimizing...I help people set up their physical spaces, schedules and their lives so that they run more efficiently.

I love this idea, but how did you get into it? Just put a listing on CL? Are there any certifications or anything that you've obtained?
I'd love to know this, too! I just helped one of my family members with this since she is getting ready to move, and we ended up spending 8 hours clearing out the master closet. She ended up donating 13 full-size trash bags of clothes and shoes. Whew.

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« Reply #619 on: January 09, 2018, 10:28:36 PM »
Let's take organizing for example..... your main goal isn't to be a professional organizer, you probably already know how to do that. Your main goal is to become a professional marketer. That's the difference between the $12 an hour organizers and the $100 organizers..... do you really think there is a difference in their work? This holds true for any 'side gig' aka business you have. This is why I've always made money in almost every business I've had.

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« Reply #620 on: January 09, 2018, 10:43:11 PM »
Along the lines of the home organising...

We have a website here where people post odd jobs and anybody can sign up, make offers and hopefully win the work. I'm not sure if there's an equivalent platform in the US. There is a lot of cleaning and gardening type work posted, and a few things where people just want something done on the cheap when they should be using someone with a licence and insurance eg felling trees. The site takes 15% of the fee for hooking you up.

However, for all its shortcomings - I live in a HCOL area and I've picked up quite a few good jobs and made about $1.5k in 6 weeks after expenses. I'm doing some light courier / concierge type jobs but also I've been helping people clear out their rubbish and taking it to the tip. A few hundred $ earned comes solely from selling things that people were throwing out. They just couldn't be bothered doing it themselves. One reason I think I've done well out of it is that I'm polite and write proper sentences when I make an offer to do a task. Some people write something like "pick me mate, I'll get it done" and expect to get the job??? Also I'm female and I think it works in my favour when females post tasks that require you to come to their house.

TL/DR: If you live in or near a fancy area, try offering rubbish removal / garage clearing type services.

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« Reply #621 on: January 10, 2018, 07:26:50 AM »
Yes, all kinds of websites here like that. Some are free and some cost $$$.

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« Reply #622 on: January 12, 2018, 01:03:56 PM »
Yes, all kinds of websites here like that. Some are free and some cost $$$.
Can you give some examples, please?

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« Reply #623 on: January 12, 2018, 10:10:04 PM »
Thumbtack, Care .com, Porch, homeadvisor, Craigslist, Facebook to name a few. I gave 6 examples too many because if a person is very hung-ho about a business, they will find these sites and make them work. People who need the sites named will probably make a grand total of $1.86 profit in their life. That's not meant to be mean like most of you will think, it's just the truth. Normally, those that get their feelings hurt by remarks like this are the $1.86 earners.