If you're looking to pick up odd jobs to make some cash on the side, you'll find a plethora of opportunities right in your hometown. You can advertise your skills via fliers, door to door, in your local newspaper, on a free online board (like craigslist) or by mouth. As long as you're assertive, you'll find the work. Try a few of the options on this list, and see if you don't find the perfect odd job for you.
Walk a Dog
If you're good with animals, offer your services to neighbors who work long hours or travel often. Make sure to convey enthusiasm about the pet in question, and charge a reasonable price so you can undercut the professional services competing with you.
Get a list of references that will vouch for your integrity, and search for homes to take care of while others travel. Make sure you come across as professional, clean and trustworthy in your advertisements and interview.
If you like children, you can always make a buck while providing child care services. Offer to undercut the competing price, and consider using your home or going to the home of the child in question, depending on the desire of the parent.
Organize a Closet
You can get paid good money to organize garages, basements, closets, cupboards and junk drawers.
Clean a House
If you know how to use a vacuum cleaner and you're willing to use a little elbow grease, offer your house cleaning services. Consider offering to do the jobs most cleaners don't do, such as laundry, dishes and cooking.
Mow a Lawn
If you've got a green thumb, you can hire yourself out to pull weeds, mow yards, lay mulch and plant flowers.
Even if you don't have a teaching degree, you can make a difference in a child's life while making some quick cash. Make sure you understand the subject at hand, and check local rates before applying. If you aren't comfortable finding tutoring jobs on your own, check with your local schools for organized tutoring opportunities.
Be a Handyman
If you know how to do basic home repairs, you can pick up plenty of handyman jobs. Most home repair companies take on only big jobs like building decks. If you offer to do the little jobs-fix a running toilet, calk a leaky shower stall, replace a broken doorknob-you'll fill a niche that is still ripe with opportunity.
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