(Closed) 'Alternative Jobs' (Personal shopper, hair model, etc)?

posted 5 years ago in Career
  • poll: Alternative/Unique Jobs!
    I just have a regular job, and I'm happy with it : (19 votes)
    32 %
    I have a regular job, but am interested in an alternative/unique one : (10 votes)
    17 %
    I have a alternative/unique job and I love it : (6 votes)
    10 %
    I have a alternative/unique job and wish I had a regular job : (1 votes)
    2 %
    I do not have a job currently, but want an alternative/unique : (7 votes)
    12 %
    I do not have a job, but would like a regular one : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Polls are fun to take! : (12 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    This may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but in college I did a lot of online work – I answered questions for ChaCha, and I did website testing through usertesting.com. While it would be difficult to support yourself on either of those (I think ChaCha pays 50 cents per question correctly answered, and User Testing pays $10 per test), I definitely made a good amount of spending money.

    Post # 4
    3766 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I have friends who are personal shoppers at Nordstrom. They had to climb up the ladder just like in a traditional job. They started in sales, in a specific dept, and got moved up into personal shopping.

    Post # 5
    1460 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’ve always had a regular job (went from journalism/news to nonprofit marketing) but up until recently, I’ve always had a “unique” job on the side. I was a bartender throughout college and for a few years after. I made decent money, but the hours and standing on my feet were grueling, especially after being at work all day. I also modeled for full figured agencies and got some pretty decent gigs (Lane Bryant, Torrid, etc) that didn’t pay so well but it was great spending money. There were times when my “side hustles” made more money than my regular job! I’d definitely look in food/bar service if I were you.

    Post # 6
    738 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My husband is a background actor for tv and movies. He used to have a desk job as an insurance agent and then was laid off, so he decided to try something new.

    I don’t know how many tv shows film in your state, but casting networks is the website he uses for work. The pay isn’t great unless you get into SAG, but it could be fun for spending money. Even if you don’t consider yourself an actor, some roles just require you to spend the day on the beach :p

    Post # 8
    9682 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Sweet_Tea:  Did you look at temp agencies? They are usually good with short term contracts.

    Post # 10
    9682 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Sweet_Tea:  I agree, I hate contracts. But it’s a good way to get some money for now, add experience to your resume, and potentially turn into something long term 🙂

    Post # 11
    2305 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I’ve had a few different “unique” jobs while in school. I worked as a office girl for a tattoo place; I did small animal care at a zoo (basically just walking reptiles and running those programs they have for kids about the animals); I worked for a dress shop; I did tutoring for high school kids; and I’ve done tons of online based work. 


    Post # 12
    462 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I’m a dog walker/pet sitter. Obviously you have to like animals but other than that there’s not much to it. It’s a lot of driving around and a lot of walking (good exercise thought!). I have to work some evenings and weekends and holidays. It can really really suck if you don’t work for a good company. The one I work for now is fantastic. And you get to play with cute puppies without having to worry about your house being distroyed because they don’t live with you!

    Post # 13
    1186 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Sweet_Tea:  I took a year off from being a nurse and worked as a model. It was awesome! The instability of trying to constantly find work was awful. You constantly have to hustle. It’s fun to try though if you’re young, have no children and have a flexible schedule, and willing to take work literally at any time it is presented!

    I’m 10000x happier I went back to a stable job with guaranteed stable pay.


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