I recently got into a cash flow shortage and was thinking about ways to make up the difference. So I brainstormed a few ideas as how I could make a little extra cash. Below are a couple of ideas I had.
* Delivering newspapers - to consumer and business. I know of someone who made two runs a week to a small town 4 hours away.
* Blogging/internet marketing sites. Always a good option but can take a long term to generate realistic cash
* Working third shift at grocery stores or warehouses stocking and inventorying items.
What has worked for you to help generate short term cash flow?
minimum wage is high enough??? Really? Not for this Hombre. That's why I suggested Pressure Washing. Get paid by the job, not by the hour. And try to get really-really-good to get done faster! :)
Ideally, these type of jobs are only useful while working on your 48days plan, developing your own business, etc. As Dan says, go for non-linear income! Especially in the Internet Age!
To be honest, I have gone to a Hiring Service company to get me a temp job. Knowing that you are on 48Days and have a knack for success, I can tell that they would choose you before someone else. I ended up getting a full time job for 6months earning $9.25 an hour with a raise coming in. What do I do? Data entry. I'm sure you're laughing but if you are talented, you can make anything "fun". So you never know what you can get from a hiring service but it's nice for a short term (or long term if you worked for it) earning.
From time to time I've found good short-term gigs on Craigslist. I helped a guy move some furniture one time (he already had a helper, just needed someone with a truck - me!). I made about $80 for a couple hours of my time and a little gas.
Another time I helped someone unpack and organize a bunch of stuff they had in a small warehouse. Worked 3 days and made about $300, plus they bought me lunch each day!
I helped set up and break down a bridal show at a local upscale hotel. The company that puts on the show got a bunch of guys from a Craigslist ad and paid us all on the spot. Now I get an email from them every year when they come back to Atlanta.
None of these were steady but they helped me make ends meet and paid much better than minimum wage.
I've heard of people (including Dan Miller actually) talk about getting painting jobs to make ends meet. My question though is how do you get that type of a gig? Who do you contact to put your bid on a job in with?
I am really handy person with good basic carpentry and painting skills, that I believe I could use part time to make extra cash, but I just don't know how to go about marketing that. Any ideas?
Hey RC, how has the success been going?
Before I moved to Madison Wisconsin, I lived in Illinois and worked as a Painter --sometimes construction as well, they often go hand-in-hand. I have over 7 years of professional experience and 2 years of my dad bringing work home for me to make a little extra cash. My dad owns his own painting business and has had it for over 30 years. So I think I can help you out a bit.
I think you have two choices that can best help your situation.
1. If you live near a college campus, or apartment complex, you can ask them who they hire to paint their rooms each year. (I believe it is mandatory to paint apartments each time a tenant leaves, and every 1 year or 2 years at college)
2. Start calling up local painting business' and asking if they could use some help. With this economic time, a lot of painters are doing the work themselves. They frequently get jobs that they would prefer not to do because it is too strenuous -- this is where you come in. Call them up and say you are looking for a part time painting job. The best way to get the job is to "click" with the employer. If you have painting experience, send them your resume first and then call them.
I have come to learn that the number one action that gets you a job is to know someone who knows someone. So ask around, ask family, ask friends, ask them if they know anyone who paints or needs a paint job. 3 simple phone calls could put an extra 100,200, 3000 dollars in your pocket. And if you need any advising with painting, shoot me a message and I am willing to assist.
Hope this helps!
- Garth E. Beyer
P.S Careful for scams on craigslist.