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How I Found Extra Money
Making Extra Money
LIVING ON A RETIREMENT CHECK WAS NO FUN SO I JUMPED INTO THE JOB MARKET
It had been a couple of years since I had worked in retail but having reasonably good health and anxious to see if anyone wanted to hire a senior citizen, I leaped into a new world of resume’s and online job searches.
In Tennessee, we have a Career Center in each county where anyone can go when they want to find a job. On your first visit, you fill out paperwork so they can get the information to help you in your job search. Sometimes, people may want to change careers and need guidance on how to do that. The Career Center also has classes like basic computer, advanced computer, resume writing, and some curriculum courses (like math and English) to sharpen your skills and bring you up to speed. The advisors/ coaches also tell you about college courses that may be paid for with grant money or scholarships, etc. You will be told how to set up your account so you can do job searches from home or other location. My desire to sharpen my computer skills and learning how to write a resume had me signing up for classes. After a few classes and with resume in hand, I felt prepared to get a job.
After telling everyone I met about wanting to go back to work, filling out online job applications, and filling out hard copy applications I landed a job. It was a seasonal job in a hobby store that had hard copy applications and face to face interviews. I loved that job (it is a bonus if you love your job) and I really liked the people I worked with but ---it was seasonal—and after 4 months this job ended.
Permanent Part-time Job
A week later I was offered a full time part-time job with a marketing company (the result of my earlier online applications). It is great that I was able to find two jobs that I really enjoy. Each workday, I know I am going to have fun doing my job no matter what problems crop up. My goal has been to supplement my income and that has been achieved.
However, I found that with the cost of living increasing so rapidly, it had me searching for extra ways to earn money. Hobbies, E-Bay, and Etsy shops are just a few of the ideas touted in magazine articles about earning extra income. I can sew, crochet, and knit, so, I think these have good possibilities.
While working at the Hobby store, the idea of making knitted or crocheted scarves seemed like a good way to begin. Yarn and scarf pattern in hand, I knitted and crocheted for days only to find that the product did not look nice. I ripped the scarves apart and began again ( Did I tell you that I know how to do simple stitches in knitting and crocheting but only completed two items in 35 years.) Owning an array of knitting needles and crochet hooks, as well as how to and pattern books, will not make you an expert at these crafts. You have to practice, practice, and practice. And so I did! I liked the knitted version of the scarf best but I can crochet them, too.
Just one skein of ribbon yarn will make a ruffled scarf that can be wrapped around your neck in a myriad of ways. Wearing the knitted scarves and taking a bag of knitted scarves in my car has resulted in sales or orders for special colors, thus, creating another income.
There are many crafts that can be made by sewing, knitting, crocheting, gluing, and painting that a person can sell to earn money. Many have earned a good income with hobby crafts. My point is find something you can make that you have fun crafting and it may turn into a fantastic new source of revenue.
knitting yarns, knitting books, crochet books
© 2013 Anita Adams