Odd jobs can bring in much-needed extra income. They can help fill in when your hours at a regular job have been cut, and they are good for stay-at-home moms who want to help pay a bill or two. You can even turn doing odd jobs into a business to have a steadier income stream.
Pet and House Sitting
You are not restricted to doing just one type of odd job. Think outside of the usual odd jobs to identify how you can offer more and better service to your clients. For example, instead of just boarding an animal at your house while its owners are on vacation, you can travel to the pet’s home a couple of times a day, check the mail, water the plants and pull weeds in the vegetable garden. You can make some extra money from the extra services you provide.
Cleaning houses can be physically intensive, but it can also bring in $20 or more per hour in some cases. Develop a clientele, and you could end up with a regular part-time job instead of just a few odd jobs here and there.
Repairs and Honey-Do Lists
Hire yourself out as a person who can do just about anything around the house. Hanging pictures straight, hauling away junk, painting walls, putting new locks on doors and other similar household tasks are jobs many families would rather have someone else do; they take expertise and time they do not possess. That is where you come in. By offering more than just the typical mow-the-lawn type of service, you can easily develop repeat business from your customers who will also spread the word of your high-quality work.
Some people need someone in the room with them forcing them to organize the closet they have thrown stuff into for the last five years. Offer your drill sergeant and organizing skills to people who need an extra push to get their houses in order. Help them sort through items to keep and throw away, shop for organization systems and solutions and repack their belongings into their homes in a neat fashion.
Use your talents as a graphic designer, writer, scrapbooker, jewelry maker, virtual assistant, translator, editor, transcriptionist or other talented professional to make some extra money. A job here and there can bring in some extra money. Advertise your services in online classifieds sites, freelance bidding sites (both general and specific to your skill), or advertise your business with your own website. Spread the word of your talents to get more odd jobs to come to you. Odd jobs are a good way to network and bring in more business. You can also check out online odd job sites such as OddJobNation to find odd jobs in your line of work.