Odd jobs. Perhaps the oldest trick in the book when it comes to grabbing some extra cash on the side. What is an odd job? It’s anything you want it to be, from mowing your neighbor’s lawn to helping a high school junior with his college applications. The possibilities are endless, but it important to find the right jobs for you and play into your strengths.
Here a few potential odd job ideas depending on the type of person you are:
The Handy Man – Those summer weekends helping your Dad build and paint the back deck have paid off and you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty. You could be the right person for:
- Minor Renovations/Fixes – Door hinges, window panes, tables, chairs
- Painting – bedrooms, decks, garages
- Moving – huge $$$
The Personality - You’re a talker and you have a big smile.
- Driving – doctor’s appointments, airport rides
- Bartending – grad parties, family reunions, trust me people need them
The Creative Type - When the blog streets are quiet you need something to do.
- Writing tutor – college essays, resume and cover letter critique, essay revisions
- Powerpoint lessons – some people just don’t have a clue
- Cameraman – family functions, little league games, photo shoots
Understand that these are simply a few suggestions, and a true odd-jobber will be up for anything, within the confines of the law of course. Remember to keep an open mind and welcome any new experience.
And regardless of what type of odd-jobber you want to be, a successful one has advertised well. Facebook should be your first thought. If you can’t do it, have someone design a flyer for print and digital formats. Give copies of that bad boy to friends, family, the barber, your neighbors, anyone! Eventually the word of mouth will spread and you’ll be good to go.