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Mustachian way to increase income?
« on: September 26, 2017, 06:05:51 PM »
I'm a software developer that is looking for sidejobs to increase my income.  I've tried to find freelance work on upwork/freelancer, but haven't been able to successfully get anything.  I'm looking for any job that I can do that will help me increase my income!  Any suggestions?

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 06:20:28 PM »
I understand exactly where you are coming from!  I've been searching for side jobs too and it wasn't easy at first.  Below are a couple more opitons (other than the ones you listed) that I've been getting some traction on for the past couple months.

https://honeydojobsapp.com  - This website is used to request local help and find local jobs.  People post tasks that they need done and you submit a bid.  All the tasks are local and typically require you to be geographically close to the person requesting.  I've actually had the most success with this app out of any others.  I'm in NYC though, so I'm not sure how your area looks.

https://www.fiverr.com/ - This is where you post tasks for $5.  It sounds like you won't make much money, but the trick is in the upsell.  For example, you post that you will draw a graphic for $5, but then for $50 you'll complete an entire suite of products for them.

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2017, 05:23:04 AM »
Fellow dev here. I looked at those sites too and the pay was too low for most projects, especially with other freelance devs in other lower cost of living countries who can bid low.

What has worked well with me is talking to recruiters for part-time gigs. There are many companies that just need extra people on projects for a while but don't want to hire full time employees. The pay may not be as high as having a direct client but can still be worthwhile.

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2017, 07:32:25 AM »
look into selling tradelines. 

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 08:35:10 AM »
I've got a buddy that cuts grass for a few neighbors for what he calls "beer money".
He likes doing basically brainless manual labor and getting outdoors as a nice relief from the office job.

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2017, 02:09:39 PM »
https://honeydojobsapp.com  - This website is used to request local help and find local jobs.  People post tasks that they need done and you submit a bid.  All the tasks are local and typically require you to be geographically close to the person requesting.  I've actually had the most success with this app out of any others.  I'm in NYC though, so I'm not sure how your area looks.

Cool thanks I'll check this one out.  The website had some jobs in my area, so maybe that could work.  I've guess I forgot to mention I've looked at Fiverr and I wasn't a huge fan.  Just my opinion though!

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2017, 06:28:17 PM »
I've got a buddy that cuts grass for a few neighbors for what he calls "beer money".
He likes doing basically brainless manual labor and getting outdoors as a nice relief from the office job.

I'd be okay with that type of job!  That Honeydo app that was mentioned earlier has a lot of jobs that meet this requirement.  I think I'm going to go that route.  I don't mind doing the work... I just want that extra income!

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2017, 06:09:52 AM »
Fellow dev here. I looked at those sites too and the pay was too low for most projects, especially with other freelance devs in other lower cost of living countries who can bid low.

What has worked well with me is talking to recruiters for part-time gigs. There are many companies that just need extra people on projects for a while but don't want to hire full time employees. The pay may not be as high as having a direct client but can still be worthwhile.

That is a really great idea!  I never thought of that.  I would love to have that sort of role.   Thanks!

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2017, 06:14:41 AM »
What about Elance/Upwork - whatever it's called now. One acquired the other. You can charge anywhere from $20-100/hour for software dev, graphic design etc.

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2017, 07:55:23 PM »
I'm curious what "increase my income" looks like, are you constrained and unable to move?

Because it's probable that you could increase your income as a software engineer more by moving than you will by any of these suggestions so far..

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2017, 04:35:54 AM »
I'm curious what "increase my income" looks like, are you constrained and unable to move?

Because it's probable that you could increase your income as a software engineer more by moving than you will by any of these suggestions so far..

That is a fair question! I actually make pretty decent money right now.  I work in a pretty major city on the east coast.  I just want to start working on the side, because I have a lot of free time and I thought it would be a productive use of my time.

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Re: Mustachian way to increase income?
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2017, 07:05:11 AM »
Given you probably have a very reasonable income, I'd look at it one of two different ways.

Where are you now, job wise, and where do you want to be?  Are there new skills/technologies you want to learn, or that would be useful at work? What do you need to work on to get to the next level?

Or the startup route, do you have any ideas that you want to work on, or do you fancy being the CTO helping ideas people bring their ideas to life? You have to be very lucky to make money, but the skills and experience you'd get would be invaluable.