When I first began my debt-fighting battle, I realized that my entry-level income could only get me so far and began searching for a part-time job. I looked into waiting tables, but my full-time job ended so late that I wouldn’t be able to get to a restaurant in time. Then I thought about working at a gym in order to get a free membership with it. But I have worked in a gym before and my entire motivation for working out was shot since I associated it with “work.” I thought about just finding a place to work on the weekends, but with a long-distance boyfriend and needing to make friends in the city, I ruled that out. Finally I landed on it: babysitting.
I stumbled upon two websites that connect you with jobs and positions nearby where you live: Sitters.com and Care.com. You can also find other odd-jobs such as tutoring, pet-sitting, housekeeping or care-giving for the elderly. I live in a populated area, so I am not sure if it will be a useful tool for everyone, but it was for me.
I got in touch with three families that fit my needs of occasional date-night babysitting and another family I babysit for every Thursday for a steady $45 weekly income. What other job can you get paid $10-15 per hour to watch TV? (It’s also especially nice when you don’t have cable!)
But I’m really curious and would love to know what others are doing:
What part-time or second job do you have to help reach your finance goals or to get out of debt?