In these tough times any ideas on how to pick up a few extra bucks are well worth the time to read them. As embarrassing as it is to admit, I got these ideas from the AARP magazine. If you want more details I suspect you can go to aarpmagazine.org.
1. Home Parties such as Avon, PartyLite, Simply Fun, Tupperware etc. can put some extra money in your pocket.
2. Pet Jobs, even in this economy some people are still traveling. Many pet lovers will not board their pets so there is an opportunity to pet sit. Dog walkers can make decent cash too.
3. Teaching your skills can be particularly lucrative. Adult evening school or even private teaching of all sorts of craft and art skills as well as cooking, archery or computers.
4. Tutoring kids can be both fun and financially rewarding particularly if you like kids.
5. Rent out your extra rooms. This can be very good if you are in a college town. Check your insurance and your renters references very carefully and get a good security deposit.
6. Personal assistants are still needed. New moms or overwhelmed business people will pay to have their errands run. There is even a web site dedicated to it. Domystuff.com
7. Take tickets at public venues. You can get to see a lot of free movies that way too.
8. Selling your stuff can put some money in your pocket. I personally made over $1,200.00 when I cleaned my basement after retiring. Ebay is not hard. The buyer pays for the shipping and the fees are truly reasonable. There is somebody out there who collects what you consider junk. Plus many people who go on Ebay don’t pay any attention to what things really cost. I think they just get caught up in the fervor of the auction and bid willy nilly. I often see things sell for more than what the local retailer charges.
9. Work and wander is the description of those people who jump in their RVs and go from seasonal job to seasonal job. Workamping is what it is called. You go where the jobs are and where you want to be. I have a friend who loves to golf and rangers at golf courses. He gets a minimal wage but gets to golf for free.
These ideas won’t support you but they may help to fill in the cracks. Thanks to AARP for the ideas.
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