A Quick Buck

By Shikole Struber

If you can't find a full time job or something you want to pursue as a career there are other options for making money in the mean time. They may not be glamorous, but you will be paid (well) for them. And most don't take that long either.

  • Babysitting. Families still tend to need babysitters, recession or not. Depending on your area you can make a lot of money watching tv with a small child. In a city or any affluent area you can charge up to $12 an hour for 1 child. For regular people you might want to charge closer to $9/hr.

  • Yard Work. You might not be a professional, but if you charge just a little less than a professional you can get a lot of business. Mow some lawns, trim some shrubs, plant some flowers. Yard work pays well too. A lot of people are willing to pay between $10 and $15/hr.

  • Dog Walking. As long as you aren't allergic to pet dander grab some leashes and take a stroll around your neighborhood. And get paid for it. Most people pay a daily rate for 2 walking sessions a day.

  • House sitting.  Know a neighbor who is going on vacation? Do they happen to have a pet or a lot of plants that need caring for while they are gone? Easy $30-$40 a day.

  • House Cleaning This works well only in affluent areas. But just like with yard work, if you charge just a little lower than the professionals you can get a lot of business. Small houses go for about $60.

Most of these can be found on craigslist. They can also be posted there. Your school's website is also a gold mine for jobs like this to tide you over until real employment.


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