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Registered: 08-25-2006
Let's try this again...
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 11:48am

Hmmm.....I guess this is my fault for not clarifying my question.

I was looking for out-of-the-box ideas on maybe where to look for the second job, or creative ideas what a second income could be that I had not thought of.  


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Registered: 08-25-2013
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 12:43pm

That makes much more sense. Are you looking for something part-time? A see a lot of receptionist/clerk jobs for various hours all over the place. If you are looking for nights and weekends you might want to try something like that.

If you want quick money and don't care what kind of job, try waiting tables. Tips bring in fast cash.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 1:08pm

Clean houses.  Before I retired, I was paying my cleaning lady $25/hr. 

Do temp work.  In addition to my regular job, I did temp work in the same field on Saturdays, and when my office was closed because the boss went out of town.  I temped for the same agency for 20 years.  Several of my gfs temp also, even now that they are retired.  With temping, you can control when, and how much you want to work.  However, in the beginning, you take every job that is offered to you, so you build a solid rep with the agency.

Babysit.  I watch my grandchildren for free, but there are enough people willing to pay for in-THEIR-home daycare, especially older kids during the summer.  That is what my kids did from the time they were 12, and aged out of THEIR daycare programs, untill they were 16.   You will probably be expected to do light housework, also.

Waitress.  My older dd is a HS teacher.  She waitressed & worked as a barista, over the summers. 

Work food service.  Many fast food and cafeteria-style places use a couple adults to shepherd the teens.  In addition to her full time job, my younger dd worked weekends at the rib pit she worked during HS & college, managing the drive thru, and supervising the floor.  She also answered the phones and did light typing for a driving school.

My dh is a union electrician.  In addition to all the overtime he can get, he has done non-electrical construction, small appliance repair, & worked on cars.

A lot of our jobs were found by word of mouth.  Direct sales is a waste of time, and earns only a pittance, UNLESS you use it to broaden your network.  I sold tupperware for years, not for the money, but for the exposure it gave me.  The discount on the tupperware wasn't bad, either.

Another place to look for part time jobs is on the thumbtack board at your local community college

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Registered: 05-08-2006
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 5:32pm
Delivering newspapers early in the morning? Delivery services like UPS seem to always be looking for part time workers. Local hospitals have a lot of shift work. I agree that waitressing/bar tending is one of the best part time work financially, but it s physically taxing. I know you were going to school...is there something keeping you from trading in your part time job for full time if you are through with school? Is whatever you were studying related to a career field you can now move towards? I have heard that medical coding pays well but requires some medical training. If you are in a city, cab driving is an option. I think you need to think about your interests, your skills, and any physical limitations, then look n sites like Monster and Indeed for jobs that match - and also look at the websites for employers in your area. You might see jobs that you didn't know existed! Good luck!
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Registered: 04-08-2008
Thu, 06-26-2014 - 12:28am

Haha...you have to admit that was funny! Well, we don't know your skill set so it is hard to give ideas but here are a few:

- organizer

- dog walker

- personal assistant/shopper

- transcriber

- data entry/typing

I have made extra money on my vacations setting up office furniture, computer networking, delivery telephone books and working at the annual carnival...oh, and the auction for a full year as a part time job.


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Registered: 07-27-2009
Thu, 06-26-2014 - 2:34pm

One idea I found interesting was a laundry service. Charge per piece and have additional charges for hangers and ironing.

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Registered: 02-19-1998
Fri, 06-27-2014 - 10:30am

I see a number of areas that aren't mentioned. First I don't know if you like sales or want anything to do with that but there are always home-based businesses like Pampered Chef and Avon where people can do very well if they have a large network of friends or social contacts.

I have made varying amounts of money selling old books and games on half.ebay.com (or you can do Amazon.com). Plus lots of people get extra money selling on eBay or craigslist in general. Some designer clothes and shoes can command pretty good prices.

Good luck with whatever you decide to try.