Monday, February 9, 2015
Side Job Ideas
So below I am going to discuss some of my potential options, not an end all list for sure. It really is a general overview with some pros and cons. Hopefully by the time this year is over I will establish something. Preferably flexible and enjoyable. Emphasis on enjoy. Also probably not something crafty, because I suck at that stuff.
This is a general category of temporary positions. There is potential in finding one or multiple time gigs. However, it is not always a straightforward process in finding them. Their potential to make me a lot of cash is only okay, albeit that money is likely under the table. Odd jobs are something I would like to avoid, if for no other reason than they are completely unreliable and unpredictable.
This actually has some promise. A friend of mine is working to start his own bar, and once it is started I have already stated I want to work there. Likely one night a week and one weekend night. Now of course this is away off, because his bar is not even built yet and he is still getting funding. Still, the idea is there and there are plenty of other places to work at doing similar stuff. Pros and cons list is pretty long on both sides for this, but part of me wants to hold out for the new place or at least keep my options open.
Local Vineyard / Brewery Style Stuff:
I am sure you are wondering what I mean here, but there are a lot of vineyards near my home. Well one of my friends wants me to work with him at one of the many local vineyards. While that would be cool, most workers (in tasting houses) are actually volunteers, but not all. Plus those establishments typically are an hour or more away from our houses. Not ideal in my mind along with losing most of my weekend Saturdays and Sundays in summer. So this option is not a good one.
However, with breweries there are many better and closer options. Some pay for people to work there as bartenders / servers. Specifically there is one 10 minutes away from my house. Their beer is good, but you work on tips and would probably sacrifice most of my Saturdays or Sundays. There are a few other local choices too.
In addition, some vineyards and breweries are looking for roaming salespeople to represent them at events or stores. This actually has a ton of potential, and its easy money that one can make almost any day of the week for only a few hours. This is a huge front runner for me right now. Because its fun and flexible!
It would be foolish of me to state I have not considered putting ads on here at this time. I certainly have, but at the moment I have decided not to. The main reason behind this is I just don't want to do it yet. My goal is to get the site going a little while longer, then I might add them. I want my drive to do this site to be separate from any drive to use it to make money.
My job has given me access to several unique programs and capabilities. It has occurred to me I could use this skill set outside of work; possibly as an independent contractor either for myself or for a company operating in a similar, but non-competing field. There are some definite liability concerns here too. However, this could a very valuable experience in terms of money and learning. Still at this point I want to shelve the yea, because this kind of work is exactly what I want to do less of.
(Updated Section) Sports Reffing:
I should have put this up in the first edition of this. I do it right now and can always do more of it in the future. I could ref soccer and baseball easily. I know all the rules and rules to some other sports, but this is a cruel job. Refs take tons of heat, regardless of who is playing, and for not too much $. On the other hand it is usually decent exercise. I already do it a little, and will continue to do it to offset some sports stuff.
Well this post took and is longer than I wanted it to be. I have a lot to think about here, but no matter what I do the goal is the same.
What are your thoughts on side jobs?