As I sit here re-working the budget because of altered pay due to worker’s comp, I started thinking of other ways I could supplement my income. That then got me thinking of all of the different ways that I have made money throughout the years.
a) Babysitting – I babysat for years starting at about 12. I had a few regular families that I babysat for frequently.
b) Garage sales – my mom and I do one every few years, usually when something is coming up that we need a little extra moolah for, or after a move.
c) Puppet shows – my neighbor kids and I put together a puppet show when we were little and charged admission to the parents to watch.
d) Dog sitting – I’ve watched a few neighbors’ dogs over the years.
e) Chores at home – my parents paid us to do chores around the house when we were kids.
f) Summer reading – my mom paid us a penny a page that we read during the summer. There were a couple of summers that I made bank and read tons of books.
g) Retail – I worked at an office supply store most of high school and some of college.
h) Lab assistant – There were a few computer labs that I worked in while earning my bachelors degree at school.
i) Party plan – I did a stint for a year with a party plan company.
j) Mystery shopping – I did some mystery shopping during my first couple years out of college. Needless to say, there weren’t many shops that made it incredibly worth it for me.
k) Rebates/cash-back programs – Most online shopping I do is done through a few websites that I am able to earn cash back.
l) Making things to sell – I have had a craft business since I was about 10 years old. The items may have changed, but I’m still making and selling. I have done both fairs and online sales.
m) Collecting & recycling cans – I have been doing this for about four years now. It’s not super lucrative, but has helped for paying off some debt.
n) Ebay – I’ve sold my old things on Ebay, along with things I’ve bought to flip on Ebay.
o) Amazon – When I have books that I am ready to get rid of, including text books, I head over to Amazon Marketplace and sell there. I have sold quite a few, especially around the beginning of school semesters.
p) Design services – I used to be a commercial Interior Designer, and provided some folks with help in their homes. I did not ask for money, but was given money for my time.
q) Hemming pants – I did some hemming for a co-worker in the past, and she paid me for the service.
r) Photography – I don’t do too much, but I have done a bit of freelance photography.
s) Clerical work – I did a bunch of clerical work for my mom when she was a teacher. Everything from data entry to filing. I also worked with her at a summer camp she put of for her students.
t) Teaching dance – During my junior year of high school, I helped my dance teacher with a few of younger classes, my little kindergarten and first grade girls.
What are some different ways you have made money in your lifetime?