Exciting Ways to Supplement Your Income!
Need More Money?
I don't know many people that will say they don't need more money. I hear people talk about how they need more but the idea of working part time is depressing and exhausting. Most of us have plenty of things to fill our days so adding work to the schedule never sounds like fun.
Here are a few ways that I generated pay and had many fun and rich experiences.
If you need more money don't think of it as a problem - think of it as an opportunity to do something that you love and make some extra cash. Think about what environment you like being in and make it work for you. You can have fun, make money, friends and who knows what other doors may open in your path.
Soulard Market - Nelly
730 Carroll Street
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- Soulard Farmers Market Home
Soulard market is one of the largest and oldest farmers market's west of the Mississippi. It was started in 1779 and is the St. Louis original farmers market. We have over 80 vendors selling everything from local home grown goods, a full service flor
Work at a Farmer's Market
Soulard Market is a historical market in the heart of the city. It is a well known area and a very popular hot spot. Soulard has been in existence since 1779 and many of the people who own space there have had their spaces in their families for several generations.
Soulard Market is a square that covers about 2 city blocks. It is open from Wednesday through Saturday. The farmers take their trucks over to farmer's row and purchase their produce in the wee hours of the morning. They fill their stands in neat sections of beautiful colors of vegetables, fruits, flowers, meats or dry goods. Each proprieter sets their own prices and offers their own specials.
Part of the market is indoors and is open all year. The outdoor rows only close when it is below 30 degrees or so. We used heaters under our stand and the crowd itself creates heat with hundreds of bodies bustling though. I would arrive in the chilly morning around 4 or 5 a.m. on Saturday morning while the market was barren and quiet. Quite a difference from the frenetic crowds that appear like clock work every morning in unison.
It is very common for people to chant or call out to the customers to draw them into their corner. We had so much fun with this part - there aren't any rules at all! We used to shout, "Corn! Corn! as long as your" then we would pause for effect and finish with "arm!"
I would work until 2 or 3 in the afternoon and while I only got paid $40 a day (this was about 20 years ago so the dollar meant much more too) I also got all the produce I needed for free every week. The families that owned the other stands often gave me whatever goods they had as well. I would get fresh flowers from the florist, fresh baked breads, herbs and spices. I was about 18 years old and I had the most beautiful array of groceries of any one I knew. The crowds were full of excitement - we had our regular customers and it was a terrific way to know the people in my city.
The Goldenrod Showboat
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The Goldenrod Showboat
I also worked part time at the Goldenrod Showboat. This boat has been around since 1909. It has survived a couple of civil wars and was the most elegant of it's time. It is a well known hang out for Jazz musicians, vaudeville actors and show tunes! I served cocktails and popcorn durning the show.
Serving cocktails is often much simpler than serving food. I have had plenty of experience with both. People say that waiting tables is more profitable but I would have to disagree. When people are drinking - they are usually celebrating. They tend to be very happy and pleasant to be around and more generous. If you are a people person and enjoy the party crowd - find an atmosphere you really enjoy being in and work there. It doesn't feel so much like work when everyone around you is having a great time.
If you are a coffee lover - work as a Barista at Starbucks. If you like to read - work at a book store.
If you love to shop - work at your favorite department store. Most often - you will receive a discount on your favorite items in addition to your pay.
If you love flowers - work for a florist! I had friends who owned a flower shop and they would have me come in during the busy season and cut flowers or clean up around the shop. It smelled great and I love fresh flowers!
Do you know your area well? Be a courier! Many places pay per trip - so you can work as much or as little as you like but with gas and mileage being a factor you have to be good at time management. Some companies have you drive their cars other's want you to use your own. If you are a people person - drive a Taxi.
Do you like to go to concerts or operas? Work at your local theater or concert venue. I know someone who works at the party rooms at the stadium in St. Louis - not only does she get to meet famous people but they tip really well! She gets to choose which events she would like to work a month ahead so she chooses concerts or games she is interested in.
Do you like to shop? Are you interested in Antiques or Estate Sales? You could procure items and sell them on ebay and use the time you have to make a little money while you enjoy your hobby.
Do you have a skill or occupation that you could do as a side job? If you can play piano, know a foreign language or sing you could offer private lessons.
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If you need extra income - think outside of the box. Think about something you love to do and incorporate it into a money making opportunity. Not only will you increase your cash flow - but you will meet people that have interests in common. So if you like music - work at a music store and you will have opened your door to many more fun and exciting opportunities as well as making some extra cash.