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17 July 2006 @ 02:59 pm
Earnin' a little spending money  
I'd like a little more income than I currently have (which is 0) but I don't really want a full job. So what's out there? I feels like there aren't really paper routes any more, I can't dog walk or babysit. Is my only option a part time cashier job, or is there something I'm missing?
I can't sell my self as a consulant, so I can't go the "look, I have a college degree" route either. Suggestions?
 
 
 
desireearmfeldt on July 17th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I imagine you don't want freelance proofreading work, but I have the impression there are various other kinds of piecework one can get, like envelope-stuffing. There are lots of poorly-paid part-time jobs, from administrative/office to retail to delivery to calling people on the phone to ask them for money for good causes...

You could also check out temp agencies and try to go the route of occasional (as opposed to regular but part-time) work -- likely also clerical/administrative, but I think they do lots of other kinds of work these days, too. And a temp agency might give you some ideas about what kind of work they hire out people to do, at least.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on July 17th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
Me proofreading... hahahaha!

Yah, I should check out the temp places. I wonder if anyone has good recomendations for one. It's kind of a big unknown to me. I don't know what traps or follys you need to be warey of. Plus I'm kind of picky. I don't want to phone people up, I don't want drive all over the place (I had that job already). In general I want to work in a job that the people I'm around are glad the job is getting done.
chenoamegchenoameg on July 17th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
I get the impression that there are a lot of clerical temp jobs.
In the end, I'll know, but on the way, I wondergorgo on July 17th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I remember reading somewhere about a web site where people posted coding tasks they wanted done and pooled their interest to generate rewards for someone to do them. I wonder if something like that would work well for you? You'd probably be able to work at your own pace.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on July 17th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
I don't know how to find good ones. I did a little checking and foudn on site with no listings and another that wanted to charge me $30 a month.
chenoamegchenoameg on July 17th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not claiming that any of these are your sort of things, just that they exist.

- Secret shoppers (not the kinds that make you pay up front, but there are legitimate ones)

- Opening credit card and bank accounts for bonuses. (check out discussions of this sort of thing at fatwallet.com )

- Working as an hourly laborer for one of the employment agencies in the city.

- Working as an office temp.

- Selling things on ebay for other people, or selling things purchased at thrift stores or trash picked on ebay.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on July 17th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
I've thought about secret shopper. I even have an in through Mosaic, but I think it would be a diservice because I'm so atypical. That and I don't actually like shopping that much.

Hm.. never heard of number two.

It's looking like temp acgencies might be a good idea.

I've seriously thought about the last thing, but I can't figure out what to sell. I want to sell something that's fairly reisk free and easy to ship (both robust and not overly huge.) I've even thought of going to the thrift stores with my phone so I can look up the ebay sell prices. I just ge the feeling that aorund here there are SO many people the really good deals are snapped up. I've even though that maybe I should investigate how to become a wholesale reseller.
chenoamegchenoameg on July 18th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
It seems like there's more money (especially around here) in selling other people's stuff on ebay -- lots of people I know have stuff they want to sell on ebay eventually.

If you want to buy stuff to sell on ebay you need one of two things:
- A source other people don't have
- Expertise other people don't have

Thrift stores around here aren't a super source because so many people are using them. But if you found a niche that interested you, you might be able to still find items that were worth reselling.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on July 18th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
I should think about selling things for other people. I don't know if I'd be good at it, but I do feel like I should know enough about ebay to do a good job at presenting the auction.
chenoamegchenoameg on July 18th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
online bonuses & credit card games
There are a number of online bank accounts that will offer you $20-$50 for opening an account. There are also credit cards that offer money from time to time; there's currently an offer for a citibank amex with $100 for using the account.

I'm going even further along that, I find a credit card offer with a no fee 0% interest balance transfer, I transfer all of my regular monthly charges on to it, and I park the money in a high yield savings account. If the thought of that doesn't make you queesy it's not a bad way to make several hundred dollars over a year.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on July 18th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Re: online bonuses & credit card games
That thought makes me quezy.
(Anonymous) on July 17th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
Being a part-time cashier isn't horrible in a store whose business really interests you. I worked in a fabric store when I was in high school, and I loved it -- it wasn't mindless work, but rather it gave me an opportunity to use my skills and answer difficult questions for customers.

So...think about what things you like, and possibly get a job like that?
Lindalindalee on July 17th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
this was me...dunno how I got logged out
Lindalindalee on July 17th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Being a part-time cashier isn't horrible in a store whose business really interests you. I worked in a fabric store when I was in high school, and I loved it -- it wasn't mindless work, but rather it gave me an opportunity to use my skills and answer difficult questions for customers.

So...think about what things you like, and possibly get a job like that?
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on July 17th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
I actually didn't mind my cashier job at all, it's just hard ot tell what shops are hairing and what place I'd like to work for. I wanted to also see if there was something I was missing.
Lindalindalee on July 17th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
I did some reading for the National Braille Press. The way books get from print to braille is that a sighted person reads them onto cassette, punctuation and all, and then gives the cassette to a braille reader/writer (usually blind), and that person transcribes them.

It's sort of a good deed and a little bit of money, all in one.

If you're interested, I could put you in touch with my friend who works there.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on July 17th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
My mother is interested in this, however, if you'd be willing to get her in contact with the right people. I've lost your email address however. Mine is the same as it ever was.
gmpe on July 18th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
I found my part-time job at the Museum of Science on craigslist. I wasn't looking for that job, but it was perfect for me. Perhaps if you look there periodically, you might find something you are interested in?

If you're interested in doing any yard work, we need help with weeding and such because ellarree just doesn't give us enough (reliably scheduled) time to do that and we just fall more and more behind. I had been thinking of posting on craigslist, but if it was something you were interested in, let us know.