Ideas on Creating a Second Job / Income

In the times we live in now, its difficult to live on one income. I’m sure most people can count at least 10 bills they have to pay in one month and if they get behind, it starts adding up, not to talk of loans/debts being paid back.


Here are some way to create a second job to suit you. I think as it’s a second job, it would be nice if you are in control of it. Hope you find it useful.

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1) Extra Tuition

Offer 1 to 1 tuition. This could be 2/3 hours in the week, after work or at the weekend. You don’t need a teaching degree to teach 5 to 10 year olds maths and English. It could also be a Language. Some parents want their kids to learn Spanish, French, Arabic etc.

Action: - Advertise on a FREE Website. Possibly – Get a clean CRB Record. (Criminal Record Bureau). Some parents are keen on this.

Tools: Lesson Plan, exercises printed, handouts for the lesson.


2) Good with hair ? – Mobile Hairdresser

Some men and women are very good with hair, but it’s not necessarily their profession. Again as above, you could do 1 or 2 people’s hair on a Saturday or other times in the week that suit you. Please make sure you know how to. If their hair turns blue when you colour it, my Hub wasn't responsible. :)

Action: - Advertise on a FREE Website.

Tools: Combs, sprays, scissors, Hair attachments and all you’ll need.

3) Weekend DJ

Getting everyone to shake it like Beyonce on the dance floor. If you’re good at being a DJ, why not give this a go. You are practically getting paid to enjoy yourself.

Action: Advertise on a FREE website and get Cards Printed.

Tools: Cd’s, good sound system, good music, Red Bull??

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4) Taxi Driver – p/time

Yes, Taxi Driver. In London we have Black Cabs and Private Cabs. So, you’d obviously fall into the Private Cab Category. ,You can do it at weekends only, if you want or evenings. You must own your own Car to do this. (Not a mini)

Action: Get your car Licensed as a Private Cab, Register with a Taxi firm.

Tools: A – Z Maps, Sat Nav (GPS) ** Some people hate giving directions to a Taxi they've hired.

 

5) Cleaner

Lots of people hire cleaners. Work at a time that suits you. Ask if they need ironing done too. If you do a good job and have a good rapport with them, they will make it regular. I hear the rates for cleaning is small, but it adds up at the end of the month.

Action: Advertise on a FREE Website.

Tools: Check what cleaning items they have and know what to take.

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6) Baking

Some people are so good with baking and can bake birthday cakes, party cakes etc.If you are one of them, always call me to sample (taste) your cake before you send it out. Infact bake 2, one for the client and one for me to sample. I’m very generous in volunteering my time.

Action: Place in Ad on a FREE Website.

Tools: All baking tools.

7) Writing Online

Good, but don’t hold your breath on this one - there is no guarantee of a monthly income. Payments might be 4, 5, 6 times a year. So, if all the above don’t float your boat you could consider this. Infact, knowing that you are reading this, you already have and I hope those Adsense cheques roll in fast.

Action: Register with Creative Writing Sites.(at least 2) Not only Hubpages.

Tools: The Internet, your imagination/creative mind.

8) Avon representative

Mostly done by ladies. If you know a lot of people then this is good. Just pass on the AVON Brochures to all your friends and neighbours. Let them order. Collect their orders and place it with Avon – you get a reasonable Commission every month

Action: Register with AVON.

Tools: Lots of Brochures.


Optional

  • For all the above, it’s optional if you want to create a FREE website for them. It could be one page, that states what you do, your rates, how to contact you, submit it to Search Engines so there’s a higher chance of finding you. (not just on FREE Ad Websites). I note optional, because it’s a second job and some people might just do 5-10 hours a week.
  • The same applies for Printed Cards – Optional.
  • A designated email for it. E.g LadyE_DJ@gmail.com (no, i'm not a DJ)
  • A receipt book that you can give to people, when they pay. You can buy them for £1, it has a Carbon paper – so you have a copy too or pre-printed invoice.
  • You might also have to Pay Tax on the income received.
  • You might want to consider Insurance.

Good luck – I hope your second Job takes you to interesting people and places…..

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andromida 6 years ago

Great ideas Elena.I always love to have a second way of income-it gives lots of financial freedom and security too.I think,by writing hubs on selective topics one can start a commendable second income source, of course hubs needs to be optimized.Apart from this, I love the idea of tuition-specially in IT fields;even one can work as a part time consultant if he spends some extra time on IT niche- like security.Thanks, :)


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for hub with all these helpful advice. It was very kind.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Great tips and ideas on jobs, and the criminal check is a great idea. I coached kids bowling for about 5 years and had to have a criminal check. It does make parents more relaxed knowing you are safe. Have a great day Lady E. Great read.


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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Great information. You offer many suggestions here. Cleaning houses is easy to get into. As an old burned out cab driver, I don't recommend that. Writing online is easy if you are an educated creative who enjoys reading, same for teaching languages. A Blogger blog can be set up in a few minutes, load it with adsense and amazon product ads, and advertise your services.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

A second income is almost mandatory these days. Lot's of folks I know have turned to direct sales as a way to generate a second income. Some choose Avon, some sell jewelry or natural household products. There are lots of venues for direct sales these days--however, it is good to have a reasonably large social network.

I've been poking around for ways to make a little side money with my artwork.... as you say, a single income doesn't really do it anymore!

Mike


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Andromida, I hope you look into it immediately and start building clients and I know you'll make a nice, patient teacher. Good luck with it.

** Cheers Hello Hello, glad you found it useful.

** Thanks Fishtiger - I don't know how to bowl. Wouldn't mind if you were my teacher. I'm sure I'll enjoy my lessons. Regards.

** Hi FGual, thanks for your comments. Now that you are writing online, I hope you enjoy it and wish you success with it too.

** Very True Mike - I never really knew the impact Networking could have. I'm sure there's still a lot more I can learn on how to use it effectively. Thanks for stopping.


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SwiftlyClean 6 years ago from Texas

Yes I'm always thinking of the next way to make a good steady income outside of my janitorial business.Somtimes it takes all you know how to do.Think smart and wise.

Great Hub Lady_E

Thanks!

Sharon Smith


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

You supplied some great tips here, Elena. Thank you much for posting this as I'm sure it will help many of us. I have a fraternity brother who is working part-time as a gas station clerk so he can afford his wedding. I'll admit I'm a bit lazy in terms of finding a second job as I prefer to be Hubbing! I still have yet to utilize my other blogging accounts but plan to. If you guys didn't write so many good hubs, I wouldn't be here at all ;) Awesome job again, Elena. Thank you!


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artrush73 6 years ago

Greta tips for second job :) I was recently looking for one. I think I'll take your advice :)


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

This is motivational....thanks Lady_E.The 7th point is hubbing in my hubmind.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

some really great ideas here, thanks. You are so right about online writing sites, they take time.


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Susan Carter 6 years ago

Good ideas. A lot of people don't realize they have talents that are marketable and the best way to spread the word is to network. Don't be shy - get out there and tell others what you can do. Trading services is another way to actually create a second income because you may eliminate a current expense by trading services for free with someone who is willing to do what you were paying for previously in return for your time - which can be free if you trade correctly. I'm all about networking. I have found so many people that love to share their knowledge and I always try be just as generous sharing what I know. Sharing is free but its value is immeasurable. Thanks again for another great Hub LadyE.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Dearest Elena...

Yes! There are good ideas that could even work in other countries as well. The point is to have a good disposition to do it! Out of obligation nothing good can be obtained. Nice tips! Thumbs up!

Warmest regards and infinite blessings,

Al


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Good suggestions. For all of them - check out insurance.

For cake making - check out health department regulations.

And also - you will need administrative skills. We know. Trust us. We've done most of these things.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Simply great Lady_E, well organized and full of good ideas. Rated, bookmarked and obviously stumbled. There is always something good to learn from you. :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks Swiftly Clean, I hope you find something. Best wishes.

** Hi Dohn, what a wise brother. Good on him. When he marries, he'll have peace of mind instead of worrying how to pay someone back for a loan borrowed for the wedding.

Dohn you write so much and somehow are able to comment on all your fans Hubs...one busy guy. I'm just hoping for you the right Publisher comes your way. :)

** Artrush, I really hope you find one. Best Wishes.

** True Rossimobis, if you only use Hubpages. Nice to read from you.

** Thanks so much Rebecca E. I appreciate your comments.

** Cheers Mystique, totally agree with you. Best wishes. :)

** 2Patricia's, you are right. It's better to have it for all of them. Example, if a cleaner breaks an expensive ornament in a clients house? An apology would not suffice. Nice to read from you.

** Hola Hypnodude, always a pleasure to read from you. The next time you comment on my Hubs I will try and reply in Italian. Thanks for stopping. :)


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ChristinaScibona 6 years ago from The Heart of the Finger Lakes

Some great ideas here for some extra income. Thanks for sharing.


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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Wonderful ideas! There is really so many opportunities if one is creative.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Cheers Christina. Lovely to read from you.:)

** Thanks Happyher. That's true. I've only mentioned a few.

Best Wishes. :)


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Once again Lady E, you show us that you are so aware of the times we live in. A second income is very important. Crocheting works for me. No matter what we choose, it is just that 'work', and time consuming. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

That's nice Support Med. I used to do crocheting in my Teens and loved it. I bet you find it relaxing too. Thanks for stopping. :)


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NickSimpson 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Illinois

Great hub, I'm still trying to find where to get the hair attachments...lol

Looking forward to more from you,

Nick


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Lol Nick - Thanks for stopping. Best Wishes.


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07Angel01 6 years ago from Broomall, PA

Great hub! I really enjoyed it. I am glad my hub on medical tests was useful to you :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Cheers 07Angel01 - A pleasure to read from you again.

Best Wishes.


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Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Thanks, Lady_E... You are always so wonderful... I think I'll go with the 1st and 7th points *you actually got me hooked in there*... Great hub... Keep on the good work... I appreciate


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi RoyalMark - interesting comments. So, you are a teacher. That's nice. I hope you enjoy it. It's gonna be a looooong summer holiday for you. Thanks. :)


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Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Yeah! I love to inspire and motivate either by teaching or speaking... I'm going out there to pick a job as a teacher ASAP... Thanks :-)


Daniel 5 years ago

Some fantastic ideas for those looking for a new career opportunity, thanks for sharing! If MOBILE HAIRDRESSING is something you want to know more about - see www.mobilehairdressingbusiness.com

Cheers!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Daniel...

Best Wishes


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

GREAT Advice! Lady_E


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks DrPastor Carlotta :-)

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