Thursday, October 22, 2009

Unusual jobs to earn extra money

For those seeking jobs that are a little non-traditional and unusual, but needed in many areas, here are some suggestions for you. These positions often pay in cash and can help to supplement unemployment income. Warning to all: Not reporting income from work on your taxes is not recommended by the the-small-biz-pro and runs the risk of IRS audits.

Here is a list of possibilites - please feel free to add more!

- Dog Walker
- Elder care, helper or babysitter (note: any positions involving specific medical care typically requires state licensing).
- Baby sitter - even adults can do this and are often more desirable. Be prepared with references.
- Day care - same as above and states tend to have limits on the number of children under care at any one time without a business license.
- Errand runner - do those errands that others just don't have time for
- Handyman - can you use a hammer and screwdriver? Know some basics of home repair? Any advanced projects may require specialized training and insurance. Again, be prepared with references.
- Pizza delivery - have a car? This job is local and always in demand.
- Store shelf stocker - many large companies (e.g. Kraft) use independents to stock certain target market stores.
- Storage unit buyer - self-storage companies regularly have auctions of storage lockers in default. You end up buying all contents of a locker, site unseen, and can end up with junk or a bonanza of value. Many of these items can be taken to consignment stores or sold on E-Bay.

As always, with any of the above, insurance and regulations may apply state to state. Do your homework!



  1. Many business owners like myself have a warehouse full of items that have been collected over the years. We save these items because we know there is value and think that by some magical chance we will find the time to sell them on ebay or craigslist and make a few extra bucks. The reality is, these items sit and collect dust because we never have time. Now you might say there are lots of people out there that will sell your stuff on ebay for a percentage...and you would be correct. However what I have found is these people want me to take all the pictures, make a list of items, figure out weights, describe the items, provide a value, etc etc etc. I say, if I had time to do all that, I'd post the items on ebay and craigslist myself and keep the percentage for myself. I submit that there is great opportunity for someone in this type of work if they are willing to do the leg work. It's no different than finding your products at a garage sale except you DON'T have to buy them first. You also may be pleasently surprised in the variety of products to sell... bank safes, CNC machines, cars just to name a few things I have sitting around.

  2. Hypothetical question: Would you ever be open to a bulk purchase of the entire lot - buyer risk? I could see that as a plus potentially for both sides. The owner gets immediate plus a clean site and the buyer for a potential diamond in the rough or just good margin.