Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Ultra flexible side hustle?
Old 11-04-2018, 07:25 PM   #1
Recycles dryer sheets
Sunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 144
Ultra flexible side hustle?

So the recent Uber thread gave me a thought...anyone do a flexible side hustle part time work for a bit of earning fun money / something to do?
  • No special skill set required
  • Super flexible, make your own hours and no weekly deadlines
  • Preferably gets ya out of the house, but not a requirement
  • Hopefully interesting, or interacting with people

If you try to google for stuff like flex jobs you end up being led to so many fraudulent jobs, or positions requiring set schedules or deadlines.

I think itíd be fun to have something you do 0 hours some weeks or 25 hours other weeks when you want to...and pays a bit of money.

I actually did search engine optimization for awhile, but they had 20 hours minimum per week and I didnít want to sit in front of the computer all that time, every week, on something that became repetitive.

Mystery shopping, when you have good gigs that paid well, was nice. But it became more of a chore finding decent work where I am. And keeping track of it for tax purposes wasnít fun. But maybe Iíll try this again to get us out into the grey, cold weather.

Donít NEED the money, but I can see it being interesting to do something for frivolous spending.
__________________

Sunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-04-2018, 07:32 PM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 22,669
Never occurred to me - doesn’t appeal. Couldn’t care less about earning fun money.

If I did need a bit extra “fun money” to help finance a beloved hobby, I’d put in the effort to get the hobby to earn some.
__________________

__________________
Retired since summer 1999.
audreyh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2018, 08:10 PM   #3
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 775
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunny View Post
Mystery shopping, when you have good gigs that paid well, was nice. But it became more of a chore finding decent work where I am. And keeping track of it for tax purposes wasnít fun. But maybe Iíll try this again to get us out into the grey, cold weather.
How do I find mystery shopping gigs that are not scams?
broadway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2018, 09:39 PM   #4
Recycles dryer sheets
Sunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by audreyh1 View Post

If I did need a bit extra ďfun moneyĒ to help finance a beloved hobby, Iíd put in the effort to get the hobby to earn some.
If it were a "need" then it'd be a job. I mean truly frivolous spending, we don't really want for anything other than maybe a warm weather house or three for winter months, lol. Our hobbies are funded, we eat out way too often (for health reasons, not $ reasons), etc.

It is more of a desire to do something I guess. Even fun volunteer work would be nice. Any volunteer work I've done in the past has turned into they rely on you, set schedules, etc. and I want something totally whenever I want.

Quote:
Originally Posted by broadway View Post
How do I find mystery shopping gigs that are not scams?
Don't bother going to any conferences (we did, but mostly for the trip en route to vacationing) or joining any professional trade associations you don't need to spend money to make money in MS. The companies you find on MSPA's search https://mspa-americas.org/what-is-mspa/search or listed on the MS forums at https://www.mysteryshopforum.com/companies/ are legitimate companies. The forums are good to search on to see if a certain company may have problem areas (unduly long reports or pay schedules).

It will really depend on your area which companies you can do work for..not all are national. If you live in a bigger city or more populated state you will have more opportunities. Some have long reports requiring verbose answers, others are quick 5 minute reports. You can make more money doing video or audio shops, but they also require a lot of up-front planning, sometimes equipment, and having disposable phone numbers / personas to use that you have to create yourself (although sometimes these are provided). We enjoyed the shops more that were retail in nature, taking photos of stock, or even checking up on if salespeople are doing the pitch correctly. Restaurants are fun but generally ended up you were working for your meal making notes, timing service, etc. so I didn't do many of those.

It can be hard finding out what companies are in your area and which ones you enjoy working for, but once you figure that out you'll be fine. They will all want your SSN or tax number, and send you a 1099, although some require you to make more than $750 with them before sending you the 1099. I've enjoyed doing some high end luxury shops where I am a fish out of water a few times (ex: a non-fashion conscious male going after a high-end purse company's unisex bags, or having to go ask about a boat slip when the lake was frozen over ) but also shops where it paid well, was fun, and even provided a great service (literally, mystery shopped church services)!

And I've broken a bit of a rule in admitting I've shopped, but we don't do it much anymore. Though maybe I'll give it another whirl.
Sunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 05:28 AM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 5,850
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunny View Post
Mystery shopping, when you have good gigs that paid well, was nice. .
I actually did this. It was bar/restaurant and ski resort reviews. A lot of fun and what you did was go to the place and rate the service, food, atmosphere, cleanliness etc etc. Had to write a 10-15 page report afterwards.

In return I'd get a free meal($100 max)/lift ticket for 2 people and $50 (or $150 for local ski areas).

It was run by a local guy (who was a FA in real life) I found one day while casually surfing Craig's; met him for coffee and after that, he'd email me with opportunities which I could accept or decline.
__________________
Living well is the best revenge!
Retired @ 52 in 2005
marko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 05:41 AM   #6
Full time employment: Posting here.
iloveyoga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Des Moines
Posts: 582
It is not for everyone, but I have really enjoyed selling stuff on eBay. I have cleaned out my own house and helped a few friends declutter their lives too. I consider the cash I make to be "fun money".
__________________
Retired in 2013 and we are living the dream!
iloveyoga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 06:09 AM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 2,898
EBay for us. We have things up for sale almost every week. This past week we sold some old tools, my wife’s old shoes. I sold some sweaters, pants and hats. We’ve sold over $83,000 on eBay in our tenure. As they say “ do it for fun and profit!”
COcheesehead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 06:15 AM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 2,898
Another one is paid research. I get called for a study or two every year. They pay $100 to $300 per study. I’ve worked with USA Today, American Express, Schwab, American Funds. Sign up here. Engage In Depth — Personalized Market Research Strategies
The more unique your situation, the more likely you’ll get called.
COcheesehead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 06:28 AM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 22,669
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunny View Post
If it were a "need" then it'd be a job. I mean truly frivolous spending, we don't really want for anything other than maybe a warm weather house or three for winter months, lol. Our hobbies are funded, we eat out way too often (for health reasons, not $ reasons), etc.
We have friends who probably could not afford their high end camera equipment if they didn’t make some money at it, so I totally get what they do. They retire with good pensions, but probably doesn’t stretch to extensive photographic travel if they don’t lead some tours, or top of the line camera bodies and big lenses without selling some of their work. These can’t be classified as needs - they are wants.

It also makes sense, because they want to spend their time doing the hobby, so they would want any time earning extra cash to be as closely related as possible.

Otherwise, if you can already afford some “frivolous spending”, what is the point?

I guess I don’t see your distinction.

You want enough to finance a second home? Rentals are always an option, and I would never consider renting a warm winter place to be frivolous spending. All our travel would be considered frivolous spending. I don’t see it that way, because that was a major reason for retiring for us.
__________________
Retired since summer 1999.
audreyh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 07:19 AM   #10
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Moemg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sarasota,fl.
Posts: 11,003
After I retired I also needed a fun hobby so I started selling on ebay . I first sold things around the house and then I lucked into a source for women's cocktail dresses . I sold them for eight years on a part time basis . I made a lot of fun money from home in my pj's . I even became a top seller on ebay . One day I just decided to stop doing it but it was fun .
Moemg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 07:31 AM   #11
Recycles dryer sheets
Sunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by audreyh1 View Post
...These canít be classified as needs - they are wants.
...
I guess I donít see your distinction.

You want enough to finance a second home?
The home quote was a poor attempt at humor on my part.

The distinction may be in the word frivolous. Defined as "not having any serious purpose or value" in this case...we are not in the habit of spending money with no purpose or on value. However that is at times fun to do, and if it is with money you made doing something fun to get out of the house, great...it is almost like it isn't your money.

If it were me in your photography friends shoes, having to perform their hobby to finance photographic travel, that'd feel like a need over a want as the jobs are something they have to do to get something of value (the travel).
Sunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 07:43 AM   #12
Moderator
Aerides's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 3,582
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunny View Post
I think itíd be fun to have something you do 0 hours some weeks or 25 hours other weeks when you want to...and pays a bit of money.
I do this by selling handmade jewelry online, mostly on amazon, but it took me several years to get to where I'm truly operating this way. Most of those years were a side hustle while I was still working, and when the effort was probably more consistent (very hard to do zero hours when you're trying to grow).

But now that I've established myself, it really is like that for me.
Aerides is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 07:55 AM   #13
Recycles dryer sheets
Sunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 144
A lot of ebay suggestions!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by COcheesehead View Post
Another one is paid research.
Interesting. I've signed up with a consumer research group firm that has called a few times, but I've never met the specific requirement. Must not be interesting enough.
Sunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 08:29 AM   #14
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Sojourner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,087
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunny View Post
  • No special skill set required
  • Super flexible, make your own hours and no weekly deadlines
  • Preferably gets ya out of the house, but not a requirement
  • Hopefully interesting, or interacting with people
Can't think of anything you'd get paid for that meets all these conditions. Driving for Uber or Lyft would be the closest match, probably, but it does require that you know how to drive and own a car that you're willing to open up to the public. Personally, I don't think the small amounts of money I'd earn would be worth the hassle of driving all manner of strangers around town in my personal vehicle.

I do freelance I.T. consulting to earn some fun money. It does require a special skill set, of course, but it checks all the other boxes you listed. The best thing about it is not the money; it's the interaction with new and different people, and the challenge of figuring out how to do (or fix) various things. I imagine that you also have some specialized skills that you could use in a similar fashion, if you were so inclined. What kinds of things did you learn throughout your career that people are in need of and might pay you to do for them?
Sojourner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 08:34 AM   #15
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 775
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunny View Post
Don't bother going to any conferences (we did, but mostly for the trip en route to vacationing) or joining any professional trade associations you don't need to spend money to make money in MS. The companies you find on MSPA's search https://mspa-americas.org/what-is-mspa/search or listed on the MS forums at https://www.mysteryshopforum.com/companies/ are legitimate companies. The forums are good to search on to see if a certain company may have problem areas (unduly long reports or pay schedules).

It will really depend on your area which companies you can do work for..not all are national. If you live in a bigger city or more populated state you will have more opportunities. Some have long reports requiring verbose answers, others are quick 5 minute reports. You can make more money doing video or audio shops, but they also require a lot of up-front planning, sometimes equipment, and having disposable phone numbers / personas to use that you have to create yourself (although sometimes these are provided). We enjoyed the shops more that were retail in nature, taking photos of stock, or even checking up on if salespeople are doing the pitch correctly. Restaurants are fun but generally ended up you were working for your meal making notes, timing service, etc. so I didn't do many of those.

It can be hard finding out what companies are in your area and which ones you enjoy working for, but once you figure that out you'll be fine. They will all want your SSN or tax number, and send you a 1099, although some require you to make more than $750 with them before sending you the 1099. I've enjoyed doing some high end luxury shops where I am a fish out of water a few times (ex: a non-fashion conscious male going after a high-end purse company's unisex bags, or having to go ask about a boat slip when the lake was frozen over ) but also shops where it paid well, was fun, and even provided a great service (literally, mystery shopped church services)!

And I've broken a bit of a rule in admitting I've shopped, but we don't do it much anymore. Though maybe I'll give it another whirl.
Thank you for the links. Will definitely pay them a visit.

.
broadway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 09:11 AM   #16
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
RunningBum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 8,298
I would say blogging, if you can find a topic interesting enough to get views, and figure out how to get advertisers for it. The topic can easily be something that gets you out of the house and/or talking to people. If it's not a time-sensitive topic you can bank some articles so you can keep a fairly steady stream but be able to take breaks. I have a blog for my running but I haven't been motivated to try to monetize it.
RunningBum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 09:34 AM   #17
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 347
Here is a list a friend shared on FB. He is ALWAYS looking for a quick, easy way to supplement his FT income. A couple are Bay Area specific, but there may be similar opportunities in other cities.

1) Amazon Flex is my favorite. Delivering Amazon packages for a couple hours a week is a great way to see different neighborhoods and houses. https://flex.amazon.com
2) Job Spotter - My wife is hooked. Download the app and take pics of help wanted signs. My wife made $60 last week. https://jobspotter.indeed.com
3) Taste testing- I used to work in Livermore a lot and I found this taste testing place
I would make about $50 for an hour or two each month tasting Spaghetti Oh's or whatever was on the menu that day.
4) Google Tester - This is a new one for me. I have my first one next week. Instead of tasting food in Livermore I test stuff at Google in Mountain View. Pays the same as taste testing. https://userresearch.google.com
Google also has the Google rewards app. Doesn't pay much but it's easy.
5) Scooter Charging - I just signed up to try to charge scooters. They pay $5 to $10 per scooter. Fremont doesn't have a lot of scooters but Oakland and SF do. https://cityformillennials.com/elect...-share-lime-s/
ocean view is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 09:39 AM   #18
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 347
I forgot to add Task Rabbit. IKEA uses this company to assemble furniture for those who donít/canít do it themselves.
ocean view is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2018, 09:50 AM   #19
Moderator
sengsational's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 5,517
Clark Howard has a guide on legit work from home deals. He always says you're not going to make much money, and if you find one that claims to pay more than peanuts, it's certainly a scam or at least much harder than it seems
__________________

sengsational is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Euphemism for job: Side Hustle LOL! FIRE and Money 77 02-23-2018 10:19 PM
Anyone flip vehicles as a side hustle?? Hardatit Life after FIRE 35 12-29-2015 06:51 PM
Side by side comparison of Dem candidates' health care blueprint Olav23 Health and Early Retirement 55 02-28-2008 09:29 PM
Any Good Side Hustle ideas? w/Low Overhead jjj FIRE and Money 8 01-13-2005 09:25 AM

» Quick Links

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:08 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.