What are some ways to earn extra money at home? I have a good, but stressful job, so I would rather not do any extra overtime days because I don't want to get burnt out. I have to stay at my job forever since I am paying off a big debt. However, I only get paid every two weeks and I would like extra cash for things like gifts, clothing, happy meals for my grand kids, yard sales, etc. I need the work to be flexible because I want to be able to spend time with my grand kids and family when they need me. So any thoughts? Also how much does one charge for doing laundry and how much per piece of clothing for ironing?
Grandma From Richmond, KY
I'm not sure what area you live in, but I live in the Midwest, where we have lots of rivers and lakes and fishing is quite popular. I work at home for a fly company spooling their fly thread, it's just part-time work. I make about $600.00 a month, but it keeps me busy and I can make my own schedule.
I decided to become a dog trainer and I am still in the learning process, but once I get my business going, I will quit my present job. Once I graduate, I will continue working at my present job and earn extra cash doing in-home training until I feel secure enough to quit my present job.
Training obedience doesn't require much physical effort if you are concerned about that. Mostly it's teaching the dog owners how to handle their dogs. My study course is half online and half in the "field" and I haven't gotten to that part yet.
If you love dogs, becoming a trainer is a way to make extra cash. There are other options to this as well. You can learn how to train guidance dogs, service dogs like search and rescue or law enforcement.
I realize this isn't for everyone, but dogs are my passion and wouldn't it be wonderful if humans didn't put their dogs in shelters because they (humans) didn't know how to train their dogs? That's the main reason dogs are in shelters and rescues and that's the main reason dogs die. Something to consider.
You could do some after-school care and make $200 per month, but would need to be at home every school day for that. Tutoring is good money, as long as you have some sort of qualification. Do you like to write? There are some writers' websites that will help you learn how to submit articles to paying magazines. It can take a while to get in, but would give you the pocket money you are looking for.
My sister in law works from home doing medical transcription and my ex sister in law has decided to do the same. She is taking a four month class while working full time. My sister in law makes about 12 dollars an hour doing this.
I have 2 preschoolers and need a reliable babysitter about 1x week. I would love to have an experienced grandma to sit for us and would gladly pay well for her! High school and college girls just don't understand what little kids are all about. You should think about using your skills like child caring and let people know you are interested in that type of work.
Baking can be big money. I do this every once in a while. Birthday cakes can sell for as much as $20, and you will only have less than 3-4 dollars in it. Mine are around $5 invested, but if I catch the decorations and cake mixes on sale or clearance then my profit margin is way higher. Use the dollar store toys for the decorations on top, add candies, etc. And usually you will get tips as a bonus.
Cookies are good sellers as well as dog cookies. I can't make enough dog cookies to keep up with the demand when I do get the time.
I just read a great book called "Shattering the 2-Income Myth". It teaches ways for a stay-at-home spouse to "work the home". There are a lot of things you can do from home, working or not, to make up for the lost income. It's really interesting and has hundreds of great tips. Pick it up from the library.
Is there a flea market in your area where you could set up? Are there weekly auctions or estate sales? When I was separated this kept me going. A small investment in box lots that I resold at the flea market was what I sold. It was a hobby at first, but I loved it. It helps if you have a van or a pick-up truck, or car with a big trunk. I met lots of nice people plus I met my present hubby. I still love auctions.
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