HOW TO MAKE AN INCOME ON SIDE JOBS

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YOU ARE THE BOSS IN THIS BUSINESS

Do to the current global economy and high unemployment, many of us trying to just make ends meet. You may be unemployed right now or just desperate to make some quick cash. You may just need to bring in some cash for the holidays or just need money now. Whatever the reason may be, you want to make some cash fast, quick, and easy. I will teach you how to make it fast and quick, but easy work is not included. It doesn't have to be brute labor though. We will get to all of that later.

Now, working online is a great way to make an extra income. Some people make a lot of money online. But on most sites, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to just begin. If your thinking about working on an affiliate program or writing articles, it takes time to get views and your work out there. If you are doing surveys online, you are probably making $3 an hour on average. Even still, it takes a long time to get paid. I am going to tell you how you can start making money today. Now, this isn't a get rich scheme, but the money will be there to make. You can build yourself up to make thousands a month, but you have to work for it. It won't work itself.

So, I am going to tell you how to start your own business and begin making money now. Listen, you are not going to get a business license. You are going to do odd end jobs of all types and you are going to run it like a business. If you listen to me and put in the work, you will get paid. That is right. I will tell you how you can make a steady profit. Now, your profit will be based on your skills. Those who can do more will make more.

When searching for clients, you have to be professional. Communication skills are vital to your success.
When searching for clients, you have to be professional. Communication skills are vital to your success. | Source

MANAGING YOUR SKILLS

In order to begin making money, you have to determine what job services you will be able to offer to your customers. I am calling it your business because in order to make money, youhave to run it like it is. So, what are you good at? Do you do carpentry or plumbing? Are you able to work on engines? Whatever it may be, you have to take advantage of the skills you have. This is going to determine what jobs you are able to advertise to your customers. Even if you don't have any of the skills above, there is still plenty of things you can do to make money. You keep hearing me say customers. Remember, work as a professional. In order to make money on jobs, you have to have a paying customer. It's common sense. You will need to go door to door to get your customers. You have to be able to go to a complete stranger and offer your services. Now, you may have family and friends that you can go to and offer your services. That is fine. They are more likely to give you a job then strangers are. But still, you have to go get your customers in order to maximize your profits. You can use the tips below to increase your chances.

  1. BE PROFESSIONAL- This is very important. You have to be professional at all times or your not going to maximize your profit potential. Make sure you are well dressed and make sure you use proper tone when talking to your client.
  2. BE POLITE- Make sure you are polite when talking to a future client. Use "yes sir" and "thank you". Be respectful when discussing your job services.
  3. BE UNDERSTANDING- Not everyone is going to need work done, for whatever the reason may be. Be understanding if they choose to say no. Thank them for their time and leave respectfully.
  4. OFFER SERVICES- Let them know everything you do. Ask them if they need any work done and determine if you qualify to do the work. Perhaps, you can bring a paper that has the work you do for a visual reference.
  5. CONTACTS- A visual reference card with your job services or a phone number where you can be reached would be great, Ask them if you can get their name and number for future reference.
  6. CHECK BACK- Check back with them if they don't mind. They might have work for you to do now. It is very important to leave your client impressed. A great presentation is professional and it increases your chances for jobs.
  7. SCHEDULING- You need to bring a notepad to write in when a job is determined. Write who it is or what time it needs done. Time management is crucial and very important. You may get to the point that you may be booked. It can happen. Schedule your clients and give them equal time. Try to make a schedule yourself so you can learn to follow it. Once again, this appears professional to a client. A client feels more comfortable with professional services.

SKILLED JOBS

You should know what you can and can't do. You know what skills you have and don't have. Don't say you are a plumber just to get a job, even if you are desperate for money. In the long run of things, it will be much better. I know you need quick money, but it is not right. You don't get anywhere advertising fake services. If you get a job and you do it right and professional, that client is very likely to call on you again. This gives you a long term client, which is very important. If you do this right, you can make this your permanent job. You can be your own boss. The money can be great. Once you get started, if you want, go take a plumbing class or carpentry class. It will pay off. Like I said before, you have to be professional. When you act like a professional, you get treated like a professional.

Now, here is a set of skilled jobs that you can perform for clients.

  1. PLUMBING- water lines, sewer lines, water leaks, ect.
  2. CARPENTRY- laying carpet, carpet porches, roofing, ect
  3. ENGINE MECHANICS- alternators, sensors, block work, ect.
  4. VEHICLE MAINTENANCE- changing tires, oil change, brake change, ect.
  5. COMPUTERS- cleaning out, re-boot, modem work, ect.
  6. DJ PARTIES- bars and clubs
  7. BUILDING- porches, steps, extra rooms, buildings, garages, ect.
  8. MUSIC- for bars, parties, weddings, family reunions, ect.
  9. LANDSCAPING- roads, gravel lots, leveling, ect
  10. CONSTRUCTION- cementing drive ways, porches, walkways, ect


These are just a few of many skilled jobs you can perform for your clients. Remember, only offer these services if you are sure you are qualified. These services will give you an idea of some of the jobs you may want to offer. Remember, you want to do a good job every time you get a client. When you do a good job professionally, they are more then likely to ask for your service again.

You can also offer your services at companies or at a business. They often use contractors to do their services, but your price may be better then their current clients. These are often bigger jobs and higher paid.

JOBS THAT REQUIRE NO CLIENT OR SKILLS


Not all of us are trained or qualified to do the above jobs. That is fine. There are plenty of jobs that are available to you to perform alone or with your clients. You still need to apply the techniques offered above when talking to potential clients. The first set of jobs are jobs that require no clients. These are jobs you can do along.

  1. SCRAPPING- You can scrap all kinds of different items at the recycling center in your area. You can scrap metals, aluminum, copper, and cans. You can find metals everywhere. It is best to have a truck.
  2. PAWNING- You may have items you can take off to the pawn shop. Eventually, you won't, but every dollar adds up at this point.
  3. YARD SALE- You can have a yard sale and get read of any items that you have. If you have expensive items, try selling them on Ebay. You usually get more money for high end valued items.
  4. GINSENG?YELLOW ROOT- If you are in an area where yellow root and ginseng grow, so out in the woods and pick it. Ginseng usually stand at $400-$500 a pound and yellow root is around $30 a pound. You will need to make phone calls to find out who is buying them. The prices nearly double around December.
  5. CRAFTS- If you make crafts or you paint, you can try selling them as well. Also, since the holidays are near, you can go find vines and see wreaths. You can also sell greenery.
  6. AUCTIONS- If you are good at dealing and you have a little money, you can go to auctions or yard sales and pick up valuable items for a cheap price. Then you can turn it around and sell it for a higher price. Just a suggestion if you have knowledge about antiques and valuables.
  7. SELLER- You can offer to sell other peoples items and take a cut off of it. Easier said then done, but it puts money in your pocket.


If you have a truck, you can take off junk cars and make a few hundred dollars.
If you have a truck, you can take off junk cars and make a few hundred dollars. | Source
Cleaning out gutters is a great job during the fall and winter months.
Cleaning out gutters is a great job during the fall and winter months. | Source
Vines and greenery make good wreaths that you can sell during the holidays.
Vines and greenery make good wreaths that you can sell during the holidays. | Source
You can have a yard sale to make quick money.
You can have a yard sale to make quick money. | Source

JOBS THAT REQUIRE NO SKILLS

Believe it or not, there is all kind of jobs that you can perform that don't even require skills. Below, you will find some examples of these jobs. Just make sure you apply the techniques above when you are talking to future clients. Any of these jobs can be done without any prior skills.

  1. GRASS CUTTING
  2. HAUL GARBAGE OFF
  3. PAINTING
  4. INSULATION- PIPES/WINDOWS
  5. CAR WASH/INSIDE CAR
  6. CLEANING GUTTERS
  7. WASHING HOUSE/SIDING
  8. CLEANING HOUSE
  9. BABYSIT
  10. LIGHT ROOF REPAIR
  11. POURING CEMENT
  12. FOUNDATION WORK
  13. RAKING LEAVES/TWIGS
  14. SHOP FOR CLIENT
  15. DIRT/GRAVEL LOTS/DRIVE-WAYS
  16. TREE WORK/TRIMMING/REMOVAL
  17. LANDSCAPING
  18. GARDENING
  19. DOG WALKING
  20. JUNKING CARS

ONE LAST WORD

I believe in you and you need to believe in yourself. The harder you try, the more benefits you will see. You can start making money quick if you wish. If it takes it go door to door. Most people will probably say no so don't get frustrated. Stick with your assignment. This is your chance to make a solid income and be your own boss. I know some of the jobs listed are seasonal, but many of them you can do year round. Try to practice and improve your people skills. Follow the techniques that are listed above when you first interview a potential client.

For example, if you knock on 100 doors, you are likely to get 5 jobs. They may be one time jobs or you may pick up a permanent client. If you knock on 1,000 doors, that increased to 50. This is just an example of how you pick up clients. The more houses you go to, the more profit chances increase. I know you are probably in a hard spot right now and it is not easy. You may not even have transportation. I have been there. I had to walk to my clients when I first started doing this odd job business, but I made it. I now have many clients I work for. You can do it. It may take time to get a few jobs, but eventually, you will. This will be more profitable in the short term then working online right now. It could also be in the long term as well. The main key, the more houses you visit, the higher chance of potential customers.

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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

Great and useful article you have written! I totally agree with you 100%. We don't need to have skills to make extra money, like for instant picking cans for recycling and mowing lawn or yard sale. I do yard sale over the summer at my mom house and we had lemonade stands and smoothie stands...I'm planning to get a permit to sell veggie to the public next harvesting season. Hopefully that would bring extra income. I vote useful and up. :)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thanks for the comment Chanroth. I appreciate your time and vote also. That is good ideas as well. We can make good profit if we put the work in.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thanks for the comment Chanroth. I appreciate your time and vote also. That is good ideas as well. We can make good profit if we put the work in.


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flagostomos 5 years ago from Washington, United States

I've done this when I was a teenager looking for extra cash, and the neighborhood I live in is a bunch of old people who have nothing better to do than do odd jobs around the house! One time I went door to door and said I would do any job around their house they were putting off for 10 bucks an hour and I actually had a few takers. It's amazing what you can find just by putting yourself out there.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Flagostomos, thanks for reading the article. Your time is appreciated. You are absolutely right. The earning potential is there. I use to average near #35 an hour at one time. If you charge by job, you get paid much more and hour. It is much better then working a minimum wage job for $7.25.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Thanks for all the good and valuable information within this well written hub .

Vote up !!!

Have a great week my friend !


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Kash. Thank you! You as well. See you soon.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

I agree with you. You ve to make the first step and search out for people. A very great, helpful and informative piece.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thanks for coming my ubanichijioke. Your comments are always welcome my poetic friend.


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Hear Me 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

Interesting. You gave me some great ideas!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hear Me, thanks for coming by. Glad you were able to catch something from it. There are many things that we can do. We just have to do it. I would rather do this and be my own boss. It has many benefits.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Hi I live in an area we lovingly call"God's waiting room". These folks are always looking for someone to just change a light bulb on their ceiling fan, or change out the toilet seat. Just simple things to us, but they can no longer get up on ladders, etc. They always need someone to drive them to the Dr. or to the store. You have some great ideas, thanks.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thank you Mary. If you can get out there and offer your services, the income is there to earn. Not saying it won't take hard work. If you need money now, get out there. Thanks Mary and see you soon.


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MikeKetchel 5 years ago from SF Bay Area & Central Valley, CA

excellent all around.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Making Yourself Depended Upon Is The Most Important Thing You Can Do In Any Job And You Will Rise Up.;)


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

This hub had a lot of useful tips and information. There are a lot of things that need to be done that many times people don't want to take the time to do themselves.


SusieQ42 5 years ago

Great hub with useful info. I make additional income by writing articles for textbroker and doing surveys. I love my work and don't have to deal with bosses. Thanks for sharing!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Mike, thanks for stopping by and for your time. I appreciate your comment. Take care.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Mentalist, you are right my friend. If you are dedicated and dependable, it will work. Later gator.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Homesteadbound, you are absolutely right. There are many people that need things done and have no way to do them. If you go around, you can get jobs. Thanks for the comment.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

SusieQ, thanks for coming by and for your comment. That is great. Every thing you make adds up and we can never have enough money. That is for sure.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Very well written and informative hub. Some well thought of ideas. Wish where I live we would be allowed to hold yard sales but we can't.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, thank you so much for all your comments. I know in AZ it is like that as well in some communities.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi thelyricwriter - you've done an AMAZING job of this hub! I am quite impressed by your excellent presentation and wealth of information. Great ideas here for many people. Voted up / useful / interesting.

Cloverleaf.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thanks you my dear Cloverleaf. I always welcome you. You have been an Angel and I am grateful to have met you. You never miss a beat. i try my best to keep up. See ya soon.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thanks you my dear Cloverleaf. I always welcome you. You have been an Angel and I am grateful to have met you. You never miss a beat. i try my best to keep up. See ya soon.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Cloverleaf can be a hard one to keep up with. She gets around doing nice things everywhere.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

I'm so glad to have met you too, thelyricwriter! HubPages is a great community. It's tricky to keep up with homesteadbound, too. She's a bit nifty herself ;)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

I think it is hard to keep up with you two for sure. I try my best. I always see you two on the feed page! But both of you all are sweethearts:)


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tammyfrost 5 years ago from Oregon

Great List of things you can do to make money. Thanks for sharing.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thank you again Tammy. I tried to list as many as I could. It at least gives you an idea of what to check and so forth.


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felixkugz 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Quite an informative read. Just like a business, we have to be concerned with the profits. You have mentioned you can earn a thousand dollars from it or even more. How long over and above the hard work were you able to reach such an amount?


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Felixkugz, thanks for the comment and question. It wasn't long. I reached it in my first month. I began in April because grass cutting season was my biggest profit. I would cut grass, remove bushes, trim trees, and I did do landscaping. I had no big machines. Just basic tools with a creative mind. Just think outside the box. My first month was a little over $1,200, keeping in mind that I knew many clients personal. On average, I made $20 an hour. Never charge by the hour. If you go to someone, charge by the job. Give them an estimate. Most yards were $20-$30, but I could get them done in an hour. Grass grows near 2 inches in a week, on average. Some yards I cut on Monday, once a week. Move on to the next. This is where your schedule comes in handy. These are permanent jobs April-October. The more skills, the more you make. I made nearly $4,000 in my highest month. This included 5 painting jobs that added up to $1,500 or near it. I knocked on thousands of doors. I got a customer on average every 61 houses. That is your hardest job, getting clients. I believe I had 31 yards to cut the entire summer. Go door to door and ask, do you need anything done? All they can say is no. Somedays were hard and sometimes no. The work itself wasn't hard, just time consuming cause it is like your own business. I don't do it anymore, but it had been very profitable. Right now you can go get ginseng which is worth $450 a pound. Anything that needs done, get it done.


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felixkugz 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Wow those are quite some figures! Many people think that these amounts are unachievable from doing these kind of jobs. I admire your capacity to work hard... Not too many people have it.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

You have to do what you have to. That was my drive and I put the hours in getting clients. That was hard. 12-14 hours a day knocking on doors. But once all that is done and you know what needs done and write it down, you can calculate it all to see what you have. It can be done and the income is limitless. If I would have had a better car, I would of hit 10,000 more houses. There is stragedy. Go to areas where the elderly are because they are the types that can't do it theirselves.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California

Hey thelyricwriter, we need to link hubs, I wrote one with almost the same info. I'm going to link this to mine, why not do the same. Very good I must say. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow.... this was nice information. We need another income beside the major income. Well descriptions from you and open my eyes about there are many opportunities out there and we should to know this. Thanks for share with us. VOte up and have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thank you Fasefreta and I will do the same. Sounds fine to me. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting and voting. Hope your trip is still going good me dear. Will take care of this right now.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Prasetio, thanks a million for coming by. Your visit is much appreciated with the comment and vote. Perfect for someone who is unemployed. I know 2 other people that make a living doing this. I did lose most of my clients when my car broke down, but it can be done. You have a good one too my friend. Take care.


Sueswan 5 years ago

What a great source of information on how to make income on the side.

Voted up and awesome.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Sueswan, thank you very much for coming by. I am glad you agree:) If they can follow, they will benefit.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

Very thorough coverage of lots of good money-making ideas! Voted up and useful! :)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Suzanne, thanks again for dropping by. I am glad you thought it was useful my friend. Take care and good night!:)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

You have some great ideas! I didn't know that ginseng was so expensive!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Audrey, thanks for taking the time to read this article. Ginseng is highly valued. It grows a lot here in WV. Hard work finding it, getting it, and digging it. But in the end, well worth it.


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vox vocis 4 years ago

Hm, I've been thinking about trying to sell my crafts. Thanks for the reminder. Those are all great job ideas, but being skillful is required if you want to make a real job out of them.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Jasmine, that is a great idea. Many people sell crafts and arts at the local flea markets. Probably could have a yard sale of your own. Your right, if you want to make a real profit.


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vox vocis 4 years ago

Yeap. We'll see how it goes. I have to organize myself first lol


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

I remember going through my mother's yardsale once when I was a kid, what a mess! I never seen so many clothes before. Thinking about it, I believe she may have been a clothing hoarder. But, organization is very important. It creates appeal, plus makes stuff easy to find.


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MarieAlice 4 years ago from Peru

Very interesting Hub....thanks for the advice!!!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

MarieAlice, thanks for stopping by and for your comment.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Lots of possibilities here. Before my daughter was born her father and I had a business where we would do anything legal and decent. We built it up and sold it. We combined our own skills and included people we knew who had skills that we didn't in case a job that suited them came along. Between us there wasn't much we couldn't do.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

It's too early for me yet this morning. Forgot to mention that I'm also voting this article up/useful and sharing it with followers.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

This is a very resourceful hub! You have given people so many great ideas on how to make money doing side jobs. For some, the side jobs could even turn into a career, depending on how it is pursued.


ElleBee 3 years ago

I like this article, but am not a huge fan of your "no skills" job list. I would call it lower skills or something similar if I were you. I have seen a room painted by someone with "no skills" and when he was done, it looked as much in need of a paint job as it did prior.


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia Author

@Au fait, thanks for taking the time to comment and everything else. That's a great idea. Freelance work can be very beneficial, some have made full incomes doing such work. Appreciate you sharing your own story.

@Careermommy, thanks for the comment. Absolutely!! I always tell people to try EVERYTHING. For one, you may have a skill or talent that you didn't know about. And you're right, it is an opportunity to pursue a career and it's possible if you work hard enough.

@ElleBee, appreciate the feedback. I can see that point. I meant that you don't need skills to develop skills in these areas. Just like most things, you can only get better with practice. LOL-Same here. Some people have no skills while others are just not coordinated.

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