Jobs paid under the table are the type of jobs which are paid in cash. They are mainly considered as off books jobs and they are a great opportunity to make a living when conventional jobs are not available. Getting a job nowadays is quite hard especially with limited knowledge and experience. However, if you possess some skills, there are numerous opportunities which you can seize and make some money. You don’t need a full-time job to make a living if you are creative, hardworking and committed, there are numerous jobs at your disposal. The main question is how and where to get these jobs.
For you to start earning from your skills, you need to do the following:
i. Create an inventory of the skills you possess. Here, you will have to include any skill you’ve acquired in life that might solve other people’s problems. You always get paid or earn money by solving other people’s problems. Therefore, highlight your skills to know what you can and cannot do.
ii. Make a list of the problems people face every day. You can focus on your locality or consider other areas to increase your customer base. To gather necessary information, you will have to research by using resources and sites such as Quora, Yahoo answers and Reddit among other platforms. The main objective is to know what people are looking for to help you determine whether you have the skills or ability to help.
iii. You will have to offer your skills where they are needed and earn some cash. You may decide to engage in one or more jobs depending on your financial needs and the skills you possess.
These are some of the jobs which can help you make some money or increase your sources of income:
1. Take Online Surveys
Probably my favorite way to earn extra cash. It's super easy, all you do is answering questions about yourself. About your lifestyle, hobbies, or job. You can do it from home, or while taking a bus, anytime really.
With Swagbucks you can even earn money for watching videos, surfing internet or signing up for free offers. It can't get easier than this!
Tutors are in high demand because students have difficulties in some subjects such as maths, science and languages. Therefore, if you are good at these subjects, you can start tutoring local students for a pay. Some benefits of tutoring include less competition because only a few people possess teaching skills, the job pays well especially if you have many students and you can choose your own hours to work. Alternatively, you can sign up for an online platform to offer tutoring classes for a fee. This is recommended for graduates because most sites accept graduates only. Unlike local tutoring which is limited to a few subjects, online platforms require a wide range of skills e.g. languages, engineering, architectural skills, Science, mathematics, Business etc.
2. Writing or proofreading essays for students
You can work from home and earn cash by writing, editing and proofreading essays for students. Sometimes students get busy and they cannot find time to proofread their essays, give citations and bibliographies of the essays they are working on. If you are good at this or you have gone through college/university and you handled such assignments, this is an earning opportunity. You just need to find needy students from your local area or online and help them complete their essays. Remember, you should be skilled because of the quality of work you will submit will determine whether the students will give you more work or refer other students to you. You can charge the essays depending on the subject, a number of pages and deadline. However, you should not exploit the students because when they get a better deal elsewhere they will leave you. Be reliable, professional and a good time manager and you will smile all the way to the bank as you earn from home.
You can do gardening to homeowners who are busy or cannot be able to do it on their own. Gardening work involves planting plants and herbs, flowers and vegetables. This work is seasonal but you can make some money from it. Alternatively, you can set up vegetable gardens on people’s backyard and maintain it at a fee. This kind of a job is lucrative when you do it locally because you don’t have to move a lot. Also, you will have several homeowners who will be willing to hire your services after they’ve seen what you are capable of.
4. Snow removal and snow shovelling
Although this is a seasonal job, there are plenty of opportunities because there are aged and busy people who can’t do it. Starters remove and shovel snow manually because they don’t possess the equipment needed. However, if you have a truck and a snow blower, you can make a lot of money due to the efficiency of the tools.
5. Building websites
WordPress and wix.com offer free website builders and hosting. Therefore, it can be quite hard for you to make money building websites. However, even if these sites offer free site building and hosting, some people don’t know how to use them. If you know how to build websites, you can do it for small businesses in your locality to earn some money. To market your services, you can offer cheap shared hosting and free support after offering the services as a bonus.
6. Software development
Do you possess any skills in computer science? Software development can be an ideal side hassle if you possess coding skills for languages such as Java, Python, c++and.Net. You can make mobile or online applications for people or private companies. Alternatively, you can offer custom coding, writing documentation or make how-screencasts depending on the level of your skills. You can use sites such as Fiverr and Upwork to advertise your skills to potential clients.
As a nanny, you can locally or abroad. If you don’t have a passport or any ties abroad, you can start offering your services locally to earn some money. Nannies are much more than babysitters because they are responsible for the social and intellectual development of a kid. Therefore, if you love children, you can connect with them as a nanny and help them develop. In fact, children learn languages, etiquette and potty training from a trained nanny. It is important to note that you will be paid more if you are skilled and experienced in nanny jobs.
A babysitter is not advanced as a nanny. The main responsibilities of a nanny are to take care of the children while the parents are away. This can be a full-time job or a long-term gig because when parents have established trust in you, they will always leave their kids under your care. However, starting being a babysitter has some hardships because you don’t have any references, the parents might not know you nor have any trust in you. To help you get started, you can babysit your friends’ or co-workers’ kids to get references to other parents who might be looking for babysitting services.
9. Personal assistant
You can be a personal assistant to someone who is willing to pay you for the services you are offering. As a personal assistant, you will do odd jobs from time to time. In fact, you can do any kind of a job provided you are asked to. Some of the jobs you can do as a personal assistant include taking seniors to a doctor’s appointment, standing in line, shopping for grocery and paying parking tickets. Before you become a personal assistant, it is up to you to make an inventory of the skills you possess and what you can offer. For instance, if you are a good driver and you have a good car, you speak several languages fluently, possess IT or technical skills etc. you can offer a range of services at a better pay. You might be surprised how important you might end up being to your boss depending on what you are offering.
As an artisan or a crafter, you are limited by your own imagination. If you are skilled and creative, you can make a lot of money using these skills. Some of the obvious things you can do are jeweller making, silversmithing, making custom bird feeders and glass blowing. If you would like to get more ideas, you can research online from platforms like Pinterest and Etsy. Com.
11. Building Trades
You can do building trade works such as plumbing, carpentry, electrical work etc. if you want to make some cash. The bottom line here is possession of skills for the services you are offering. There are homeowners who are looking for specific services at an affordable cost. Hiring a professional company might be expensive and the only option is to hire a local service provider. You need to be reliable because it will help you get good referrals from the people you’ve worked for. Finally, avoid exploiting your clients because they are trusting and relying on you as a professional. Offer professional services even if you don’t have a professional company, licensing or even an insurance cover. The main objective is to solve the problem at hand to earn some money.
12. Bicycle repair
A lot of people are turning to cycle as a way of exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle. On the other hand, others are using bicycles to save their transport costs. Therefore, cycling is becoming popular and bicycle repair services are a necessity. If your locality has few repairmen or does not have any, you can step up and start this business. You just need some tools and bicycle repair skills and you are set. Alternatively, you can start a bicycle rental if you have some savings. Just like car hire, people will rent bicycles at a fee depending on the number of hours or days they will keep the bicycle.
13. Personal trainer
This is an ideal opportunity if you are physically fit or if you work out. You can save some time each day and help some people work out to improve their physical fitness. There are resources online which you can use to learn more about workouts. Alternatively, you can set up a YouTube channel or a social media platform where you will upload videos and content for people to watch, read and comment. You can work with elderly people or middle-aged people who are looking for an instructor to help them lose weight or tone their bodies.
14. Appliance repair
You can specialize in repairing some appliances. This can be a part-time job as you engage in other activities. No one will throw away an appliance because it has broken down. Instead, he will look for an appliance repair to help him fix the problem. You can share your number around your locality to make it easy for people to reach you whenever they require your services.
15. Jeweller or silversmith
If you have these skills or you have developed an interest in creating custom jewellery for people, this can be a good job to make money. Craft shows are numerous throughout the year and people are looking forward to buying necklaces and rings at any given time. You can look for what is in demand and be creative to increase your sales. On the other hand, if you would like to grow your business, consider creating an online store to sell your products. Also, you can showcase and sell your products through sites like Pinterest and Etsy. Com.
You don’t need to own a moving company to start offering moving services. You can do it with or without an automobile because you can start conducting short moves. You need to know who is moving to convince them that you can help them move at a cheaper cost. If you live near a college or a university, you can help students move at an affordable cost. To have a good reputation, you need to be trustworthy and careful when moving other people’s belongings. This means that you should not steal other people’s property, avoid breaking items and follow instructions given by the owner. If you are moving as a group, start by keeping valuables in a safe place, pack all the belongings and label the boxes to make relocation easy and safe.
17. Accounting and income tax preparation
Having knowledge and experience in tax laws can help you file returns and do taxes for small local businesses, friends and family members who are in need of your services. This can be a part-time job because it does not take all day to account or prepare income tax.
18. Day labour
This involves doing odd jobs such as waste removal and cleaning yards. This may not be a well-paying job but it can help you take care of bills. If you would like to get money as a day labourer, get your own tools and a reliable form of transport.
19. House painter
This is another job you can start if you have any painting skills. It is quite easy to start the job because you just need necessary tools and a vehicle.
20. Yoga instructor
As more people are discovering the benefits of yoga, it is becoming a popular way of keeping fit. As a yoga instructor, you can offer lessons to groups of people in their homes or in a workplace setting for a fee. Alternatively, you can get advertising revenue when you create online videos or a YouTube channel.
21. Dance instructor
This is another activity that people are growing interest in. If you love dancing and you are a good dancer, you can make it your way of earning. You can either offer lessons or classes to people who are looking forward to becoming better dancers. Salsa and ballroom dancing are some of the dance moves people are looking to learn. Dancing is also a form of exercising and most people are enjoying the benefits of being physically fit as they have fun in dancing. You can make extra money by offering online video training, writing e-books or making dancing videos.
22. Martial arts instructor
I have a friend who teaches martial arts to young people and he earns a good amount of money. Teaching esoteric martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do, Filipino martial arts, Wing Chun and karate is lucrative because these type of martial arts are rare. You just need to know the moves to become a good instructor.
23. Boxing instructor
You can rent a studio or just get a space to offer boxing lessons. Alternatively, just like teaching yoga, you can do it online as well. When starting off, you don’t need to have a lot of people, equipment or a large floor space. All you need is a place to start and a few people. As your students find the benefits, you will get more people and probably media coverage.
Writing is broad because clients have different needs. You can write online articles, edit, proofread or even transcribe different kinds of jobs. Alternatively, you can specialize in creating services for SEO companies and websites at a fee. Writing can be a long-term source of income depending on the sites you write for, your clients and your skills. Other services you can offer in writing include white papers, essays, product reviews, market research, copywriting and technical manuals.
25. Affiliate marketing online
To make money with affiliate marketing is quite hard especially if you are a novice. Fortunately, there are sites such as Udemy and Lynda. Com that offer courses on how you can become a good affiliate/email marketer. In affiliate marketing, you need a good email list and/or a website which has a good traffic. With good traffic, you can make money from affiliate sites such as Amazon, ClickBank and Shareasale.
Do you speak any other language (s)? You can use this as an extra gig where you will interpret conversations for a pay. Spanish and Mandarin are the most common languages that need interpretation although other languages can find market too.
27. Tour guide
This involves giving specialized tours to a target audience in urban areas. This gig can become better if you speak a foreign language.
28. Antique sales
You can drive around buying and refinishing old furniture in old furniture in small towns and get a good amount of money. You can sell your antique through online ads and different antique fairs. This is a good gig if you are committed, hardworking and creative.
29. Furniture upholstery
Homeowners are looking forward to repairing their upholstery rather than replacing them. Therefore, if you have any skills in furniture upholstery, you can earn extra income.
30. Reselling clearance items
Some stores like Value Village usually sell goods at an 80% offer. If you have a good niche, you can buy such items and resell them at a profit. You can open a store or resell the items online.
31. Selling Produce
With a piece of land, you can grow fruits, herbs and vegetables and then sell them to earn some good money. Often, you can rent a space to sell from, use a roadside stand or do it in a local farmer’s market.
32. Selling used books
You can work as a middleman to resell used books. To achieve this, you will have to buy books from students at the end of an academic year and resell them at a profit. Starting off is not very difficult because you can research from sites like Amazon to know the prices of books and to know which books are in high demand.
33. Marine mechanic
Offering marine engine fixing, repairs or rebuilding boat motors can be a source of income if you live in an area that has a lot of waterfront vacation properties.
34. Dog washing
Some dog owners cannot wash their own dogs. This is an opportunity you can seize to earn a few bucks every week.
35. Short term rentals
If you live in a tourist area, you can rent your home or apartment to tourists especially if you have several rooms. Alternatively, you can rent short term through classifieds if you don’t want to work with tourists firsthand.
36. Maid service
Some people e.g. professors are busy with their careers and they have little or no time to clean their homes. If you have plenty of time and you are willing to work in other people’s homes, you can offer maid service.
37. Delivery service
Delivering fast foods and other local goods can be a way of earning money. During weekends and odd hours, you can deliver liquor to people’s homes or other places as required. You can share your number with liquor stores and other people you’ve delivered for in the past just in case an order presents itself.
38. Bicycle courier
Working as a bicycle courier/messenger especially in big cities is a lucrative job. However, you need to know the area you are offering services to save time and energy as you offer services.
39. Dog Walker
Dog walking is highly competitive now but it can also be a way of earning extra money. Your income can be determined by the distance you will walk the dogs and the number of dogs you’ve. The people who offer you the job can also determine your pay because some will pay better than others.
40. Pet sitter
Pet owners sometimes prefer leaving their pets at home with a pet sitter when going on a vacation rather than taking them to a boarding facility. The pet sitter will walk the pets, feed them, clean them and offer any other service as required or agreed upon. Just in case anything happens to the pet or there is an emergency, it is up to the pet sitter to offer medication or call a vet.
41. Dump trips
If you own a truck, taking garbage to a local dump can be a gig that earns you good money. Elderly people, homeowners and business owners who don’t have a vehicle are the main targets of this job.
42. Carpet cleaning
There are portable steam cleaners which are affordable. You can buy one and start cleaning carpet flooring locally. As you advance, you can run a professional carpet cleaning company.
43. Janitorial work
To start offering janitorial work, you need cheap equipment like vacuum cleaners, mop buckets and floor buffing machines. Since you cannot offer janitorial maintenance work alone, you can hire a student to help you with manual labour.
44. Ticket reselling online
You just need to know which events to promote for you to make money through ticket reselling. Craigslist is one of the websites you can use to do this job.
Besides taking photographs at weddings, birthdays, graduations and taking pet photographs, you can offer online photography video tutorials to make residual income.
46. Selling collectables
You can sell different collectables such as stamps, and sport card collections at eBay.
47. Small engine repair
This involves fixing farming equipment, repairing riding mowers and landscaping equipment among other equipment.
With hairdressing skills, you can earn a lot of money whether you are a man or a woman. However, if you are a good colour technician, this can be a good gig for you.
49. Disk jockey
There will always be a demand for a DJ at weddings, birthday parties, clubs and private parties.
50. Tattoo artist
This gig requires you to have special skills. One of the biggest cost when starting this job is buying an autoclave to sterilize the equipment you are using.
51. Data recovery
You can use Linux data recovery technique to recover lost data at a cost. Hard drive manufacturers charge hundreds of dollars to recover lost data. If you can reduce the cost, you may end up with numerous people seeking your services.
You can make wedding dresses, historical and event costumes, prom dresses etc. depending on demand. To get numerous clients, try to be creative and use a social media platform to generate traffic and demand for your products.