How to Make More Money With a Second Job

Are you struggling to pay the bills from month to month? Are you constantly feeling like money is tight? I was recently in TJ Maxx and I overheard a phone call from a husband to his wife, wondering if they had $15 in their account so he could buy a shirt.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! If you have ever been in this situation, then I would suggest that you start looking for a second job so you can beef up that savings account. At the very least, you should have $1,000 in your account in the event of an emergency. If you don’t have this cushion, let’s find out what it is that you can do to earn some extra money in the evenings and weekends.

But I Don’t Have Time!

I continually hear this excuse from my broke friends, but lo and behold, every time I go over to their place to visit, they have their TV on and they’re just sitting in front of it like zombies. Yes, I understand that everyone needs to have a little down-time, but if you had to track how much TV you watched each day on average, how much would it be? Did you know that the average for the U.S. is over four hours per day? That’s a lot of time! So many people have multiple jobs.

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What if you could find someone to pay you for watching TV? That would be a pretty sweet gig huh? If you were paid $10 an hour and watched an average of 4 hours of TV a day, then you would earn $280 a week and well over $1,000 a month! So what if you forgot about your TV for a moment and actually went out and worked during that time instead. Guess how much you would make? Well, if you were paid $10 an hour, then guess what? You would make over $1,000 a month. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it – especially if you’re only short by $50 or $100 each month. With an extra grand coming in each month, you could change your situation pretty quickly.

What Job Can You Get?

There are quite a few jobs out there that average more than $10 per hour (if you do a good job) and they require little skill. The first one that comes to mind is pizza delivery. You’ll need to have a car and a pretty good knowledge of your area, but with your hourly wage plus tips you could be earning more than $50 a night.

Waitressing is another job that has a pretty high turnover, which should make it pretty easy for you to find work. The base wage is most likely pretty low, but if you are friendly and helpful you should be able to make it up with healthy tips from your customers.

If you know how to mix a few drinks, perhaps bartending could earn you those extra bucks. And, if you’re detailed and are good with a dust cloth and a broom, house cleaning could get you through those rough times. Start looking for those part-time evening and weekend jobs and I’m sure you’ll find something. Best of luck to you!

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  1. My girlfriend and I both work two jobs. It sucks, but its an honest way to pay the bills.

  2. Why did you have to tell everyone about that phone call I made at TJ Maxx? 🙂 Just kidding ….

    I agree with you. It does amaze me how some people live so far out of their means that having a $1000 in their checking account is an impossible task. While getting a second job is always an option, why not work smarter instead of harder. There are lots of passive income oppertunities out there that can work pretty well, pay good, and are more flexible than having another job. Blogging, for example, has net me an extra five figures of income per year, and I’m completely in control of when and where I work on it.

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