What do you do to make side money?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I baby sit 🙂 I love kids and don thave any kids. So its a nice way to get out of the house, save money and make money! Specially in the winter months when we have too much snow here!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

westcoast_girl: I do consulting on the side or tutor. It’s pretty intellectually demanding and you have to have a good reputation to command the big bucks though. Is this something you’d be interested in?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I now work in education full time so I have lots of days off throughout the year as well as full summer so I work for my previous job (in research) on the side. It works for both parties, because they need someone to do assessments without committing to a full time employee (as new grants start and end) and I need extra money for wedding, honeymoon, etc. 

I’ve been in a server in the past and if I didn’t have the side job I have now, I would probably look into waiting tables or bartending in my spare time. I know a lot of people who work retail so I also keep my eyes and ears open for potential jobs (lots of times they hire people seasonally to do inventory or for special events) and I’ve got a bit of work from that. I’ve, in the past, done some secret shopping but it pays so little that you have to do it a lot to see some decent money. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I actually help budget/DIY brides as an unofficial DOC. I help with set up/ clean up, decorating, mistress of ceremonies, etc. It not only gives me a little extra cash to put toward my wedding, it also gives me experience and ideas in what does/does not work for my wedding day. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My dad and I buy and sell storage units together. We sell the big stuff at auctions, craigslist, and eBay and save up the small stuff for huge garage sales. It’s a lot of work though. I also take old, crappy or beat up furniture no one wants and paint it and sell it on craigslist.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m in a cover band. We play lots of bars, clubs and private parties. It’s not a huge income boost, but it’s definitely something. The extra $150/month is good for my savings account (or regular account if we need it!)

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: civil war era church at the state park where we had our first date!

I craft on commission for a local folk art/organic produce market. Mainly wood burning, weaving, barn wood mounted photography

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I dogsit in my home through an online company (there are a few but mine is dogvacay.com).  I have as much business as I want- I get to decide on a case by case basis which dogs I take in and when.  I absolutely love little furry faces and have experience with dogs, so pulling in money for having them around is pretty awesome.  One week with 2 dogs is an extra $400 in my pocket!    

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I am a contracter through a call center. I set my own schedule which is perfect for me since I work outside the home full time and have 2 little ones.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

StephieBee:  That’s awesome! you go girl!

MandyT00:  that’s so cool you and your dad do that!

 

I’m a teacher (lots of days off) so I tutor once a week and only make $20 an hour. I’m a teacher so I need to do something more to make money! I just basically don’t like doing anything but teaching…

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Babysitting! In college though, I went to a pretty big research university and routinely did psychological studies for cash. I could usually get $10 for a half hour session, which is way more per hour than I made serving smoothies up at the student cafe.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

 

I house-sit. It’s really easy! You literally just hangout in someone’s house for a couple days, come and go as you please (the house I regularly sit has a dog so gotta make sure he gets out and has some company) and most of the time the people ask you what you like to eat, etc. and have things in the house for you. I love it! I still live at home til my FI and I get married next month so staying in someone’s house by myself gives me some much-needed space from my grandparents.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

lealorali:  Thank you! It’s a lot of fun! I’m lucky to have amazing bandmates that are all like family to me, and on the same page. They all have day jobs and families, so this is all just a fun side thing for everyone that happens to make us some money. Next up — playing at Disneyland!

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