(Closed) Creative Ways to Supplement My Income?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@alt_bride:  I don’t know if you’re interested in beauty products, but you could become an independent consultant for Mary Kay or another company.  Mary Kay costs $100 to start but you get all your sample products in a huge kit.  Then you get 50% of everything you sell I think.  My friend just started doing it, and I think she likes it. 

Or you could babysit.  I know that you can get a lot of extra money, under the table (no taxes yay!).


Post # 4
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

When Darling Husband and I were young and broke we both donated plasma. I made about $80/week donating twice a week. It defintely isn’t a long term thing, but it helped us with some extra spending cash.

Post # 6
4370 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Honestly, babysitting isn’t a bad idea, especially because you can choose when to accept jobs. I know Care.com lets you select the times/days of week you are available.

Maybe you could become a mystery shopper?

Post # 8
4370 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@alt_bride:  I had a friend who did it in high school and college for a little extra money. It is a legit thing, but you’d definitely have to do your research to make sure you go with a real company.

Post # 9
616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@alt_bride:  do you have any hobbies or special skills? I used to sell stuff on etsy and teach drawing lessons

Post # 10
366 posts
Helper bee

Just an FYI as you are in Ontario – in Canada you don’t get paid for donating blood. It’s a public health care thing. Also, for health reasons, you can only volunteer to donate once every 56 days.

How are your typing skills? You could do typing work. It’s paid by piece.

Mystery shopping can be legit. The real ones often don’t “pay” but they reimburse you for your costs. So if, for example, you’re to mystery shop a restaurant, they’ll cover the cost of your dinner (usually you and a friend, ’cause single diners can look wicked conspicuous. lol). Or if it’s to test customer service in a bookshop, they pay you back the cost of the book you bought. It’s more a way to get free stuff than make extra dollars.

House sitting is also a way to make some money. I don’t know anything about it myself, but it might be an option. People go on vacation and pay someone to stay at their house, water plants, sometimes care for pets.

Part time retail work might also be possible. I had a friend who did this. It works best if your day job is from 8-4 (or earlier) so you can be at the second job from 5-9.

Good luck!

Post # 11
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t know anything about supplementing income, but I’m afraid you would be stuck in this survival mode for life (unless your Fiance will have a high income) without additional training or schooling.  What about doing some certifications for tech programs in med field, like ultrasound or xray training?  My SIL was an u/s tech and loved it.  (She left to try her hand at something else, but wants to go back to it).

Post # 12
13251 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LastGirlStanding:  Where do you find typing jobs like that?  I’d be interested in some extra funds and typing is pretty easy!

Post # 14
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@alt_bride:  I used to know nothing about mystery shopping; there are a lot of scams but there are very reputable companies. I think a bee here is a mystery shopper… Maybe she will pop up here! I learned all about myster shopping through this blog (the posts are from Nov/Dec of 2013 I think) 



I personally haven’t done any, but I signed up w/ reputable companies and I get listings all the time.

The other thing I suggest is signing up w/ Swagbucks! It’s not a huge source of income but I’ve joined for 3+ months and already redeemed a $50 target gift card. I do all the daily activities, try to answer surveys & I play videos on the swagbucks TV app all day. 


Post # 15
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@alt_bride:  I love trying to come up with creative ways to make money! Can’t lie, I’m not sitting around rolling in the bucks or anything but I enjoy dreaming 😉

Some of my ideas have been:

1. Crafts. If you’re crafty, sell stuff on etsy! They just take a cut of what you make so there’s no loss as long as you can make a profit off your product. If you have any kind of creative niche, this is a great way to make side money! Try something personalized or customizable. Create the next internet craft craze 😉

2. Personal shopper. If you know the right people, this could be profitable and fun! Basically, you run errands for people that they have no time/patience for, or mobility issues or something. Think groceries, prescriptions, Christmas shopping, the list is endless!

3. Dog walking. It could work! I’ve read lots of success stories. Plus, paid excersZe! Bonus 😉

4. Per piece work like typing or what not. I’ve never found any but I hear it’s out there

5. Sell anything you don’t want/need

6. Buy stuff at garage sales and thrift stores and sell it online. If you know what you’re looking for, this can be a serious winner!


Thats all I can come up with right now, I will let you know if I come up with anything else!

Post # 16
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I used to be like you! I was an admin and everything, got the job mostly because of a family connection. 

I didn’t think it was clear whether your happy in your job and just looking to earn extra income on the side (per your subject line) or if you’re looking to get “unstuck” from your current career trajectory, as it sounds you’re looking to do in the post. Either way… 

I don’t think you necessarily need more education, unless of course you find something specific you want to do. Be careful what you choose too, because in AB for instance, the market is over saturated with qualified x-ray and ultrasound techs, among many other medical fields. Usually by the time you hear of a “shortage” in a certain industry, it’s already on the brink of being over-saturated. Remember the teacher shortage? Nurses? Yeah. They’re under-employed now! 

You could take your years(?) of admin experience and look for a head admin position (in charge of the administrative team on a project/office) or exective assistant – both usually provide a nice salary jump. 

You could do the housesitting/dog walking, which I actually made myself a full-time living off of for some time, but it is a lot lot lot of work for little income. There are only so many dogs you can walk at one time. Plus you do need to carry liability insurance, be bonded, probably have your own vehicle and be available in the afternoon as most all dog walking clients are looking for afternoon dog pack trips to an off-leash park. Also keep in mind that many municipalities restrict # of dogs per walker, which will limit your earning potential. I’m sure you can find some folks under the table who want you to take their pup out first thing in the morning or evenings/weekends on a very casual basis, but I’d file it under “hobby money”. 

To supplement your income I think the best rate of return is usually bartending/serving, especially if you’re personable and in a nice and busy restaurant. 

Babysitting isn’t too shabby either, I spent a lot of friday and saturday nights watching tv for $20/hr! Give a free hour of babysitting to your first few clients in exchange for a reference, and once you can advertise references, first aid and CPR you can soon have your pick of the best/easiest/best paying families because you’re reputable and trustworthy and you have people vouching for it!

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, I’d say that’s your next best bet without investing in education. I eased out of 9-5 and into my own cleaning business. It does not sound glamorous, granted, but I earn more than the vast majority of the dual income families we work for and I really enjoy my job, especially training & supervising my staff. 


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