Money-Making Advice

I started working again recently and it is going okay. I work for myself, so I set my own hours and it is from home, so that makes it pretty easy. And I've managed to make some money, but I really want to be making more and I'm not sure how much I can drive my own business to achieve that beyond what I do now.

So I'm just curious as to what things I can do outside of my home business to make money I could do. I wouldn't mind getting another job, but it would have to be something flexible with low hours. I'd be okay with even just 10 hours a week; however, I'm not sure any employer would shoot for that.

Thanks, all.

10 hours is probably pretty low. Also, which is more important making money or benefits? My wife and her sister have been in what they call "THE BUSINESS" forever (bartending and/or serving). My sister in law finally got tired of it and started working at Publix. She does not make the greatest money but they have great benefits all around. Fiest time she has ever had good health care and 401k stuff. They are used to having people in school so they are probably flexible also.

However if you only want to work a couple days a week maybe you can get into "THE BUSINESS". My wife has always had co-workers who bartend/serve as their 2nd job so only do it on the weekend or a couple nights a week.

Can't speak to this personally, but you maybe could look into becoming a driver for Uber, Lyft or the like. This does require you to have a car and a driver's license and probably pass some background checks, but at first blush it's a freelance job with flexible hours, sounds like something worth considering at the very least.

Thanks for the replies.

I am not concerned about benefits. Just solely about cash! I'm not sure I could function too well in a highly social environment like a bar, so that might be a pass for me.

And I do not have a car nor a license, so those options aren't feasible, heh. No intention of getting one either!

I can't say it's actually led to paying work for me yet, but this list of remote job boards at least has a lot of possibilities to look at. A lot of it is skewed toward tech startups, but there are also things like transcription in there.

I'm hoping this post will take off because I'm working on getting established as a freelancer/consultant, and need to get some income streams going myself! I'm currently reading The Gig Economy and The Freelancer's Bible (cheap in Kindle format right now!), following up on some leads in my network, and generally strategizing.

BoogtehWoog wrote:

And I do not have a car nor a license, so those options aren't feasible, heh. No intention of getting one either! :)

If you have a bicycle there's Postmates.

Can you type well? My wife was doing medical transcriptions for awhile years ago for some extra cash.

Bubs14 wrote:

Can't speak to this personally, but you maybe could look into becoming a driver for Uber, Lyft or the like. This does require you to have a car and a driver's license and probably pass some background checks, but at first blush it's a freelance job with flexible hours, sounds like something worth considering at the very least.

I drive for Uber occasionally (haven't since I started a new job last month, but likely will pick it back up on weekends once everything settles down). I know Boog mentioned not having a car and no intention of getting one, but for anyone else it's not a bad side gig. I'm in one of the lowest rated areas in the nation, and I can still pull about $10-$12 per hour when I'm out. I normally run the bar crowd on weekends, though before I started my job I was running people during school hours... most people just going to work. The biggest advantage I have is I use my wife's car, which is a Ford Fusion hybrid... so at least I'm not sinking most of my earnings right back into gas.

It's certainly flexible... sign in when you're available, sign out when you're not. There's some bureaucracy to it, but there is with any job, really. I've never been able to just drive for long hours at a time, but would normally pull about 15-25 hours throughout the week... it was enough to keep the bills paid, which was all I cared about.

Depending on where you live, you could also look into becoming a referee for youth sports. In my area, there is a constant need for refs and they can generally pick their hours.

Something like Taskrabbit.com might be useful. We've used it to find house cleaners before.