Broke-Ass Side Jobs

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'œMoney sucks' is a phrase that I often angrily exclaim as I check my bank balance, cut my rent check, or buy….pretty much anything.  Even with a 9-to-5 desk job, times are tight and sometimes one needs a little supplemental income to get past the necessities.

A trick that I’ve found to work, is to revert back to your childhood or teenage days and the imagination and ingenuity you had back then while saving up for your American Girl Doll.  Below are some ideas for easy ways to pad your bank account and make life a little easier. These side gigs can be simple to work into your schedule and easy to score, so dust off that lemonade stand and get to work!

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1.  Babysitting
If you enjoy interacting with small children, or can tolerate it for a few hours at a time, babysitting can be a fun and entertaining way to make a little dough on the side. Getting paid to play games, watch movies, and eat 'œbabysitter night food' (pizza, mac and cheese, etc.) is as sweet as it gets.  Plus, spending a few hours with other people’s kids is the world’s greatest birth control, so everybody wins!

2.  House-Sitting
If you’ve established yourself as a trustworthy, mature human, who can abstain from throwing a rager/doing the nasty in their bed, others are likely to entrust you with their homes while away.  House-sitting is like a paid vacation, and chances are, if a person can afford to pay someone to water their succulents, the digs are going to be swank.

3.  Holiday Retail Hell
Now is the time to start applying for those coveted and feared holiday retail positions.  Most large shops bring on extra help specifically for the hellish October to January months and there hiring standards can be relatively low.  These jobs are not for the weak, but if you can tune out stressed out consumers and fold 9,334 t-shirts without batting an eye, you’re in business!

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  1. John Johnson
    September 22, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Thanks for writing about housesitting. I have tried all the housesitting websites and have found to be the best for housesitting assignments. I recently started using and have found two housesitting assignments there so far.

  2. October 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this article. Good work!

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