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« Reply #650 on: March 30, 2018, 04:37:43 AM »
I stumbled across www.upwork.com/ today and I was curious- has anyone one this forum used this website to find part-time side gigs? It looks like there are some other threads on the forum, but most of them are extremely small and only have 1-2 responses. What I'm most curious about is:

-Can you set your own hours (outside of the work-day in US) and still get work?
-Is it very hard to get started?

Well, I can give you some insights from the other side, if you're interested.

Over the last 7+ years we've spent upwards of $50,000 on contractors on oDesk.
Mostly graphic design but with some research jobs as well.

-The people we did contract were always the ones who projected themselves as solutions to our needs. NOT part-time gig seekers. (If we wanted part-time employees who want to work from home, take no responsibility, produce amateur work and make a lots of money... we wouldn't need to pay oDesk's commissions. We would advertise on craigslist for free.)

-Price was never a consideration to us. But value was paramount.
The highest price people we used were always on-time, accurate and complete with projects.

-Having a good rating (4+ if I remember the grading system correctly) is a necessity.

-Showing a well thought out and impeccable portfolio of your work is your major sales tool.

-We always agreed and signed a written statement of work for every engagement. But... I made them write the body of the SOW based on our written requirements (i.e. expected end results). This ensured that I knew that they knew what was actually expected.

-Almost all of our contacts were fixed price... so yes, you could do the work when/where you like.
They just had to make sure they were available to talk at the prearranged times.
We had contractors from Canada, Argentina, Egypt, India, France and the USA.


-Any hourly contracts were with people we had worked with already.
We never made them sign in for online monitoring. Again, work where and when you want. But don't miss a deadline or a meeting. No excuses. (Well, obviously, some excuses were acceptable, but I was always pleasantly surprised when contractors would tell me the work may be late due to snowstorms or family illness or in one case a parent passing away, and yet they almost never were, despite assurances from me that the delay was manageable on our end.)

-Despite best intentions and the precautions above sometimes it just doesn't work out.
Only twice in the whole time did we need to terminate a contract early for non-performance. In both cases, the contractor agreed that they weren't up to the job. We got our money back and left the contractor a 5-star review for professionalism and good judgement. No major harm done on either side, other than the delay for us.

Finally, I would say that if you really have skills in demand and want to be in business for yourself go for it.
You will have a full pipeline of work.   

If, however you are looking for a quick buck, you'll probably have better luck at picking up empties.   

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« Reply #651 on: March 31, 2018, 04:44:01 PM »
PA work can bring in great money if you know how to market yourself.

I honestly have no idea why anyone would do anything for $10 an hour. I mean, I am so thankful someone will do it but I just don't understand why they would. I would never get out of bed for $10 an hour. Hell, I'd never get out of bed for $20 an hour but atleast I can see someone working for $20. A person can make so much more, it's almost humorous to see people working for less but instead of laughing I usually feel sorry for them. Side gig or not.....

Id imagine 3/4 of the planet makes less than $20/hr. Sheesh.

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« Reply #652 on: April 01, 2018, 03:42:21 AM »
PA work can bring in great money if you know how to market yourself.

I honestly have no idea why anyone would do anything for $10 an hour. I mean, I am so thankful someone will do it but I just don't understand why they would. I would never get out of bed for $10 an hour. Hell, I'd never get out of bed for $20 an hour but atleast I can see someone working for $20. A person can make so much more, it's almost humorous to see people working for less but instead of laughing I usually feel sorry for them. Side gig or not.....

Id imagine 3/4 of the planet makes less than $20/hr. Sheesh.

According to this calculator http://www.globalrichlist.net/ actually 99.37% of the world's population makes less than $20 an hour (filled in $38500 which was said to be $20 an hour).

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« Reply #653 on: April 01, 2018, 10:27:59 AM »
I know.... sad thing isn't it? I am very thankful for those that do work for low wages, without them, prices would be sky high. I just have no clue why anyone would work for that low of a wage. In the US, no one HAS to work for that low wage. I tip great when we go out to eat..... when I pay for gas if it doesn't hold it all I give the remainder to the clerk.... Yesterday I gave a dryer to a lady that makes $40 a day.... I try to show my appreciation and keep those folks going but my brain does not compute working for such low pay. I'd be the guy that never had a job if I chose to work for that low pay. Without the low wage earners I wouldn't be able to make the money I do and the same goes for other business owners. So..... hopefully atleast 1 MORE of you will take the step outside your comfort zone and start your own business or get a j o b making more money. Yes, it's scary at first but you just have to take that 1st step just like everything else in life. Am I a hard ass? No, LIFE is a hard ass. I just don't sugar coat it for you like others do.

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« Reply #654 on: April 02, 2018, 05:01:39 PM »
I know.... sad thing isn't it? I am very thankful for those that do work for low wages, without them, prices would be sky high. I just have no clue why anyone would work for that low of a wage. In the US, no one HAS to work for that low wage. I tip great when we go out to eat..... when I pay for gas if it doesn't hold it all I give the remainder to the clerk.... Yesterday I gave a dryer to a lady that makes $40 a day.... I try to show my appreciation and keep those folks going but my brain does not compute working for such low pay. I'd be the guy that never had a job if I chose to work for that low pay. Without the low wage earners I wouldn't be able to make the money I do and the same goes for other business owners. So..... hopefully atleast 1 MORE of you will take the step outside your comfort zone and start your own business or get a j o b making more money. Yes, it's scary at first but you just have to take that 1st step just like everything else in life. Am I a hard ass? No, LIFE is a hard ass. I just don't sugar coat it for you like others do.

Nothing you wrote makes sense, its just arrogance and cruelty. Wonderful, you think youre better than most people good for you. From your attitude, its clear to me youre not a very happy person and there are lots of people making far less than you, making $20/hr or less that are far happier than you. Im sure theyd pity you, like you pity them.  Except they wouldnt waste their time, they have better things to do.

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« Reply #655 on: April 03, 2018, 09:14:11 AM »
I just started working again as a whitewater kayak instructor. I get about $50/3 hour pool session and $120 for a full day class. More importantly though, it gives me pro deals on gear (usually like 20% off wholesale prices) and allows me to deduct my gear purchases as business expenses which combine to make most gear about 60-70% off full retail for me.

Those benefits combined with the income makes teaching pay for all of my whitewater hobby.

This is an old one but I finally made the leap with this from working for someone else to starting my own business. All of the companies who operated locally closed or moved to the other side of the state to get more reliable water which made continuing to work for them difficult. So I started my own company doing it myself. The fact that I'm small and doing it for a side business means that I can be more flexible about time and location of classes than the bigger players so I can better deal with the un-reliable water.

Overall, I'm putting in about 10x as much work (though I love doing it so I don't mind) to make about 5x as much money but it is so nice to be working for myself.
We live in an RV full time while still working remotely. Check it out at http://therecklesschoice.com

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« Reply #656 on: April 04, 2018, 10:14:53 AM »
^this sounds awesome, congrats!

Do you do this part time while still holding down a full time job, or has this transitioned into a more full time thing?
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« Reply #657 on: April 04, 2018, 02:02:37 PM »
^this sounds awesome, congrats!

Do you do this part time while still holding down a full time job, or has this transitioned into a more full time thing?

Thanks! I still hold down a full time job, but I'm about 50% of the way to my FIRE number and that stash plus this side hustle means I don't really need to keep the full time job. I'm guessing this business will grow year over year, and that combined with probably becoming a dad soon and wanting to spend way more time at home means that the full-time job's months are numbered.
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« Reply #658 on: April 05, 2018, 02:11:34 AM »
Amazon FBA and selling videos to media buyers.

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« Reply #659 on: April 05, 2018, 11:05:34 AM »
Amazon FBA and selling videos to media buyers.

How did you get into this? Do you film your own videos, or get them from somewhere else? Definitely seems like an interesting business.
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« Reply #660 on: April 18, 2018, 12:20:48 PM »
When I was in high school I used to make a little extra cash by doing some manual labor for my grandfather's friends such as trimming hedges, branches, and things like that. I didn't mind it and it brought in some pretty good money. Recently I have also reffed some little kids basketball tournaments which I would do just for fun so the money that I bring in is a good bonus factor.

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« Reply #661 on: May 11, 2018, 06:34:40 AM »
I know.... sad thing isn't it? I am very thankful for those that do work for low wages, without them, prices would be sky high. I just have no clue why anyone would work for that low of a wage. In the US, no one HAS to work for that low wage. I tip great when we go out to eat..... when I pay for gas if it doesn't hold it all I give the remainder to the clerk.... Yesterday I gave a dryer to a lady that makes $40 a day.... I try to show my appreciation and keep those folks going but my brain does not compute working for such low pay. I'd be the guy that never had a job if I chose to work for that low pay. Without the low wage earners I wouldn't be able to make the money I do and the same goes for other business owners. So..... hopefully atleast 1 MORE of you will take the step outside your comfort zone and start your own business or get a j o b making more money. Yes, it's scary at first but you just have to take that 1st step just like everything else in life. Am I a hard ass? No, LIFE is a hard ass. I just don't sugar coat it for you like others do.

Nothing you wrote makes sense, its just arrogance and cruelty. Wonderful, you think youre better than most people good for you. From your attitude, its clear to me youre not a very happy person and there are lots of people making far less than you, making $20/hr or less that are far happier than you. Im sure theyd pity you, like you pity them.  Except they wouldnt waste their time, they have better things to do.

I am assuming your comments are in response to SC's previous comment alone. If so, I re read his post and dont see the cruelty in there. It might even be a stretch for the arrogance as well. I appreciate his nudge to others to start a business or get a job making more money and how he acknowledges its scary at first but you have to make the jump.

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« Reply #662 on: May 11, 2018, 07:23:00 AM »
I worked PT for a local nonprofit for almost four years, doing miscellaneous work in writing, editing, program management, event planning, and volunteer coordination. It was a small office, so I was a jack-of-all-trades. I netted an extra ~$300/month.

I recently quit to focus on getting through school but it was a good gig while it lasted. Plus, I (significantly) expanded my skill set for when I'm job-hunting, and met some awesome people through non-intentional networking!

So here's a fun update. Three years later, after still volunteering for events off and on for this NPO (like, once a year) after I quit, they opened up my old PT job to be FT.

Guess who's starting that new FT job soon for an organization they love that pays $10K more than her current job with better benefits and an infinitely better commute?

Two thumbs up if you guessed midweststache :)

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« Reply #663 on: May 11, 2018, 01:11:08 PM »
I worked PT for a local nonprofit for almost four years, doing miscellaneous work in writing, editing, program management, event planning, and volunteer coordination. It was a small office, so I was a jack-of-all-trades. I netted an extra ~$300/month.

I recently quit to focus on getting through school but it was a good gig while it lasted. Plus, I (significantly) expanded my skill set for when I'm job-hunting, and met some awesome people through non-intentional networking!

So here's a fun update. Three years later, after still volunteering for events off and on for this NPO (like, once a year) after I quit, they opened up my old PT job to be FT.

Guess who's starting that new FT job soon for an organization they love that pays $10K more than her current job with better benefits and an infinitely better commute?

Two thumbs up if you guessed midweststache :)

Huge congratulations, @midweststache !  👍👍

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« Reply #664 on: May 16, 2018, 08:25:49 PM »
I started tutoring iOS app development on Wyzant. I have seen other tutors charging as much as $60/hr, but I'm charging about half of that starting out, since I don't have many student ratings.

So far, it's all of the fun of software development with pretty much none of the B.S. You only have to commit to a few hours at a time, the clients are usually quite gracious, and I think it helps your skills to get better at communicating the core ideas around programming a particular way.

This is one of my little side-hustle experiments for the year. It'll be interesting to see how far I can go with the hourly rate. I would assume the market tops out somewhere, but it's hard to tell this early on.

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« Reply #665 on: May 16, 2018, 09:21:36 PM »
I started selling supplemental/income insurance to coworkers. In my industry it's pretty much a god given right that you buy this or you put yourself at a huge risk.  Anyway long story short I average over $1,000 a month and pretty much don't do anything other then send an email to someone that wants to buy insurance. It's all word a mouth advertising so people are banging down my door to sign up.  Of course it helps that we are half the price of our nearest competition.  I've been doing it for over 5 years now.  Funny thing is I was actually offered a position full time with the insurance provider, but I'd have to move to a different state.  I prefer to keep things status quo and keep my day job, but I'm not going to turn down an extra $1,000 a month that's for sure!

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« Reply #666 on: May 28, 2018, 04:01:22 PM »
Friday I participated in an in-person study at a lab.  I made $125 on a visa gift card for my time.  I have another study to do in person Thursday after work.   Ive been looking at my local Craigslist page, under Volunteers for these opportunities.  I think if you live in an area with a lot of universities this could be a pretty good moneymaker. 
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« Reply #667 on: June 02, 2018, 05:03:01 PM »
How did you get into this? I had an ex-colleague who did something similar and I always wondered about it.

I started selling supplemental/income insurance to coworkers. In my industry it's pretty much a god given right that you buy this or you put yourself at a huge risk.  Anyway long story short I average over $1,000 a month and pretty much don't do anything other then send an email to someone that wants to buy insurance. It's all word a mouth advertising so people are banging down my door to sign up.  Of course it helps that we are half the price of our nearest competition.  I've been doing it for over 5 years now.  Funny thing is I was actually offered a position full time with the insurance provider, but I'd have to move to a different state.  I prefer to keep things status quo and keep my day job, but I'm not going to turn down an extra $1,000 a month that's for sure!

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« Reply #668 on: June 03, 2018, 03:44:24 PM »
I used to do editing as a side job, and now it's my full time job. Dog walking is a great opportunity to earn cash, or pet sitting in general. I once sat for a turtle and was paid $25 cash a visit. This wasn't your ordinary turtle, though. He needed to be bathed in order to "poop" and then to feed him, I had to rub his left leg. Yeah...

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« Reply #669 on: June 08, 2018, 09:12:54 AM »
My side gig is music, I have in the past used the proceeds to buy more instruments and equipment, now I've been focused to save/invest the money I make.

I play solo guitar for restaurants and clubs, sell my original music, play parties, host open mics, etc.

Some years have done really well, but gigs are feast or famine . . .

But, it's a lot of work, fun, yes, but long nights, heavy equipment. So always looking for something I can do at home maybe in front of a computer.

Thanks!

 
Interested in my music? https://jayregan.bandcamp.com/

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« Reply #670 on: June 09, 2018, 12:42:56 AM »
I just worked as a polling official for the provincial election held this week.  My experience:

Day one (two weeks before): training (3 hours)
Day two (night before election): set up polling station (4 hours)
Day three (Election Day): serve voters, pack up paperwork and equipment, clean up (15 hours)

I'd say half the team was retirees and the other half were people with flexible jobs (one lady used lieu time to do the work) or students.

It's only sporadically available but with three levels of government and occasional by-elections it does come up from time to time.  Fifteen hours is a long day, though, and we were so busy that breaks to eat or use the washroom were hard to come by.

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« Reply #671 on: June 09, 2018, 09:10:24 AM »
I'm surprised more thrifters aren't making $$$ on reselling apps! I started selling clothes on Poshmark after finding a lot of high end clothing that wasn't in my size or my style. I've been doing it a few months and while I love reselling clothes I've thrifted I'm not actually that big a fan of Poshmark itself (tries to hard to be a social app) but it seems like the best of the reselling apps so far. My first sale was a pair of Nili Lotan pants I bought for $6 at a Goodwill in Houston and sold for $88.

I also overcame my fear of "the bins" and now go regularly. The bins are the goodwill outlets and they are an experience like no other!

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« Reply #672 on: June 23, 2018, 06:22:23 PM »
I make money as mobile notary public.  I go to medical offices, business offices, and homes to notarize documents.

My state allows good fees per signature notarized and per person receiving the oath.  ($10 per signature and $10 per person given the oath.)  Plus I add a travel fee.

I used to do home loan refinance work when it was it paid $150 per job for 2 hours of work right before the big crash in 2008.  Now "signing agent" work pays $75 a job or less and they want a lot of secretarial work, like faxing or scanning every single page (of a 100+ page pkg) before shipping to title.  Not worth my time.

But notary work is fun as every appointment is different.  I never know who I will meet and what their story might be.

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Here's one that I actually just started last week! It meets all of the criteria, because I've now made a total of 36 cents on it. A completely negligible amount, but it IS technically bringing in extra cash :-p

I do research engineering for a living, and a huge part of that job is data analysis. I collaborate with laboratory testers to perform experimental studies, then they send me the data and I figure out what it means, and how others can use it to make decisions. Being faster at data analysis both makes me better than my competition, because I can do a more thorough study at lower cost, and happier, because I find digging through thousands of spreadsheets incredibly tedious. So I started writing computer programs to do it for me. It's incredible; I can spend a day writing a program, and 5 minutes analyzing a data set, instead of a month manually doing all of the data analysis.

I've started a side company focused around this as a service. I offer consulting services either teaching people to do this themselves, or writing programs that they can use. With a net revenue of 36 cents so far, clearly I haven't found any clients yet. I also write a blog teaching people the basics of how to do this with ads on the site (There's the 36 cents!), and hope to eventually compile blog posts into books to sell.

Right now my main challenge is traffic. Since the site has existed for less than one month, and I only announced it on Thursday, obviously it isn't getting much traffic yet. So I'm creating more content, experimenting with different ways of getting the word out there, learning about search engine optimization, etc. Exciting times!

Here's a link, in case anybody is curious and wants to check it out: https://www.1000x-faster.com/blog/

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I bought a dump trailer for my truck. When ever I need some extra cash it is easy to book a bunch of stump grinding jobs or dump runs. I usually just walk around the neighbourhood pounding on doors that have stumps in their front yard until I have booked $1500-2000 of work then crush it over a weekend. This year I started paying a guy $20 per hour to do the work as I have been a bit to busy with other projects. Paid everything off in one summer three years ago. The standard rate for stumps in our area is $5 per inch but the town over is $8-10 per. Dump runs are $100 per load + dump fees. Can usually do 5-6 per day.

Marketing this way books usually one job every twenty doors I pound on and so I book up a weekend with 4-6 hours of knocking on doors. Thick skin for rejection helps in this department :)

Friends always are always looking to borrow the truck and trailer so they often fill the tank up or buy me alcohol for the use.

In the winter I pull the plates to save on insurance and park the equipment. Have thought about buying a skid steer to do snow removal but am not sure how much work I could win as it seems there is one on every other block in our area.