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Madratlady Wed 17-Apr-13 09:43:12

I work full time but due to debts and some unforseen expenses we're paying out more than we earn each month. There's nothing left to cut back on so I want to earn some extra money as well as selling some old stuff to dig us out of this financial hole so we can start living to the budget I've worked out.

I'm no good at selling so Avon or Ann Summers parties etc is out and I work shifts so it'd have to be something I could fit around that.

Does such a source of income (flexible ad-hoc work) exist?

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NormaSmuff Fri 28-Jul-17 07:46:46

oh angry


Love51 Fri 28-Jul-17 07:44:59

Since she asked 4 years ago, I think OP has either got it sorted or had to go without.

NormaSmuff Fri 28-Jul-17 07:38:59

can you work extra for your current employer?

Undercoverbanana Fri 28-Jul-17 07:35:52

I have worked for friend whose business was really taking off and he couldn't handle all the admin, diary, phone calls, emails etc. He paid me very well because he needed someone he could trust, quickly. Anyone you know who owns a business - ask them.

I have delivered leaflets/magazines through doors. Contact anyone who has their stuff put through your door directly and offer your services. People need holiday cover at the moment and you never know who is broadening their advertising areas.

Does your current job use cleaners at morning or night? See if there are vacancies. What about other departments at your workplace - are there other roles you could do in the evenings? (Bear in mind that this will make PAYE unavoidable.)

Sell stuff. Clothes, CDs, DVDs, handbags, all the shit you have lying around. You'll be amazed what will sell. I have sold things second hand for more than I bought them for brand new.

I've done all of the above and it worked well for me (and I felt so much better for getting rid of so much crap).

DecisionTree Fri 28-Jul-17 07:18:20

Can you register as a dog walker on dogbuddy?

toplight Mon 24-Jul-17 02:48:19

hello Madratlady
I know its a daily grind to work but here is a few ideas for you to consider Extra Money

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SwishSwoshSwoosh Sat 11-May-13 09:26:52

Also, if you do shift work, could you temp on days off? A single day of extra work at minimum wage is quite lucrative compared to many things like catalogues etc.

You might need to clear it with your main job (check your contract) but this is usually a formality.

SwishSwoshSwoosh Sat 11-May-13 09:24:55

I agree with babysitting, dog walking, house sitting - people really need reliable people, if you know lots of people locally then you can get friends to pass on details.

Also, you turned your nose up at ironing, but you could teach yourself how to do that in a couple of hours and it is very flexible.

Basically, if you really need money you need to do what people will pay you to do whether you enjoy it or not!

Xenia Sat 11-May-13 07:59:08

I marked exam papers - it used to pay for our summer holidays at one stage. Also paid writing/speaking for extra money.

As someone mentioned above look at peopleperhour as work is available there in various categories.

IHateSafeStyle Sat 11-May-13 07:03:22

I think babysitting would be a good way, you can build up people that use you and around your current work. Could even do something else whilst your there and earn twice?

meddie Tue 07-May-13 17:36:57

I started matched betting/sports arbitrage last year and have earned around 6.5k in a year. has been a fun and profitable hobby.

specialsubject Mon 22-Apr-13 16:04:39

proofreading seems simple but is not, and realistically amateurs can no longer do it. Elance, Textbroker, peopleperhour etc - good luck getting any assignments and if you do, the pay is peanuts if you ever get it.

The surveys are about £2 an hour and vaguely worth it if done in spare time.

dotnet Mon 22-Apr-13 06:19:55

Rent a room out through the rent a room scheme. You can take £4,250 a year in rent, I think it is, tax free - which works out at just over £80 a week. If you can't cope with the idea of the loss of privacy, maybe you could advertise your spare room for a limited time only - say 'available for one to three months' , for example. Then you will know you'll get your normal life back soon.

domesticslattern Sun 21-Apr-13 22:52:36

If you own your home and have a spare room take a look at Air B&B.

janji Sun 21-Apr-13 22:46:28


buildingmycorestrength Sun 21-Apr-13 22:43:34

Oh, also check out the MN freelance board, some ideas on there.

InMySpareTime Sun 21-Apr-13 20:16:53

Paid surveys aren't going to make you rich, but certainly keep me in Amazon vouchers and PayPal money.
Valued Opinions, Ipsos, MySurvey, Toluna etc. are decent ones.
If you're any good at sewing you could do alterations, or sew in name labels or scout badges.

buildingmycorestrength Sat 20-Apr-13 20:42:51

I used to gt proofreading work for friends when I worked in publishing but maybe there is something similar? From a quick search online it looks like you might have to qbe qualified although none of ours were.Sorry.

Have you tried looking on things like elance? Freelance jobs boards, basically. Worth checking.

Madratlady Sat 20-Apr-13 19:51:02

I don't iron my own clothes, I certainly couldn't do a good enough job of someone else's. Proofreading sounds interesting though, how do you find work doing that and what does it actually involve?

buildingmycorestrength Sat 20-Apr-13 15:29:39

What about taking in ironing or doing proofreading?

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Madratlady Thu 18-Apr-13 09:37:12

noisytoys I already work full time and it's shift work so it'd be very difficult to fit in a regular cleaning job.

bucking I'd need money to buy the stuff in the first place. Currently I don't know how I'm going to pay the bills so that's probably a no go. I'm selling some of my old stuff though.

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