Job Ideas for the Month of October

Hi everyone!

So I'm in a little bit of a situation. My boss told me this week that everyone in the office will be employed through September but we will all be out of work for the month of October (so I guess we're all going on a kind of work break???) until our contracts start up again. Personally, I have the finances to get through the month of October but I don't want to stop working since I've already been unemployed for the month of April and May and I feel like I've already taken a break this year.

Do you guys have any ideas of what I could do for the month of October  to keep me busy until my next contract starts? I'm not looking to replace my income but how I can make a few dollars while I'm waiting for my contract to start again. I don't have a defined date yet of when the work break will take place but I've been told the break could be between one week all the way through the entire month.

I'm up for doing anything but if anyone has an idea for me I would really appreciate it. Off the wall would be awesome but if someone says "babysit every Friday night" I'll look into that too. 😂

Thanks everyone! You all have such good ideas about money and finance that I wanted to ask just in case someone had a crazy idea that I would be willing to try!

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  • Babysitting as you mention, dog walking ( rover.com ), shopping/driving for a place like Shipt or Instacart. Does your city have Randstad or Kelly Services staffing agencies for temp work? Tutoring at one of those test prep places.

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      • Kate
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      • sweet_sunshine
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      Hi jenmas ! Thank you for your suggestions. I am actually located in Hawaii on the island of Oahu and a lot of services like Shipt, TaskRabbit, and other ones are not located on the island. I'll probably have to keep my thinking locally while I'm looking for temp work. 🙂 Thank you again!

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      • jenmas
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      Kate Don't know where on the island you are, but Instacart is on Oahu: https://www.instacart.com/grocery-delivery/regions as is Rover.com: https://www.rover.com/us/top-dog-boarding-cities/

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      • Kate
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      jenmas I can't do anything with pets but I will definitely check out Instacart. Thank you so much for the recommendation jenmas !!

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  • Rev.com hires transcriptionists with no experience.

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      • Kate
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      amp97 I have to transcribe meeting minutes at work all the time so this might be something I can do!

      Thank you for the recommendation amp97 !

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      • puddlejumper24
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      amp97 I'd be interested to hear more about this. I take meeting notes at work as well, and I'm looking for something temporary to boost our income. 

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      • Kate
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      puddlejumper24 amp97 I'm going to test this side hustle idea out over the month of October and see what happens. I'll report back if I learn anything!

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    • Kate did you test out the side hustle? What did you find?

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  • Hi Kate !

    I'm not sure how things are on the islands, but October is prime leaf raking season where I live. With the seasons changing, there's usually a lot of yard work to be done. You could check to see if any of your neighbors are looking to have small tasks done around the house. :)

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      Hey Faness 😍

      Living in Hawaii we don't actually have seasons so the leaves usually don't change or even really fall off the trees here. And most people actually have professional yard work companies that come by and do everything in an hour. But I will keep my ears to the ground and if I hear someone needing any type of manual labor done I will reach out to them and let them know that I'm available to help!

      I told some of the ladies at my church I would be looking for babysitting hours this October and I got a very warm response that they would be interested in having me over so I definitely am down to do some work!

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    • Kate What I gathered from that is I need to move to Hawaii! 😂

      Good luck with the babysitting!

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      • Kate
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      Faness Hahahaha it's a wonderful place! During my first December in Hawaii everything felt so weird because nothing looked different! I was used to Colorado winters where the trees would lose all their leaves and it would start snowing in September. But in Hawaii there is almost this timeless quality where nothing looks different and it feels like time doesn't exist here. And living in a tropical place where it never gets cold is pretty great too! 

      Thank you thank you!!!

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  • Hi Miz Kate, Sorry to hear about the forced vacation, the ex-wife and I went through a couple of those when she was working for the FAA.

    Check out Upwork.com it is a virtual assistant site, all kinds of jobs, from writing, accounting, making phone calls. I always choose the people that have been there awhile and have a proven track record.

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      Ruff16965 (05bd62cee897) Hi Mizter Ruff! It's okay, I just don't want to take another forced vacation after being unemployed for two months this year!

      I'll take a look at the Upwork site. Is there something in your life right now that you would hire help for right now that I could think about as well? I have a great community here in Hawaii and if I put down all the tasks I'm willing to do I might remind someone about something they need to get done in October.

      Thank you for the recommendation!! 

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  • Might have a major move, so packing up the house my parents have lived in for 25+ years, then there is the major cleaning that has to happen when empty.

    Not sure what is on the island, but up until my accident I was never unemployed longer than 2 days. Fast food, Security Work, temp agencies, even worked construction and as a lumper.

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  • With everyone having a computer or a smartphone nowadays, typing term papers or resumes is kind of out. 

    I started mowing lawns when I was 8 years old, with moves and such, sold or turned over 4 thriving businesses by the time I turned 18.
     

    Housesitting

    Watering plants while people are on vacation

    Uber/Lyft

    Catering Assistance

    Phone Work

    Pizza delivery

    Nanny

     

    If you are crafty, try making things to sale on Etsy.

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      • Kate
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      Ruff16965 (05bd62cee897) Wow Mizter Ruff! These are awesome suggestions. I personally listen to a bunch of true crime podcasts and shows so I don't think Pizza Delivery or Uber/Lyft Driver is in my future as a potential job but I'm all about helping moms and being crafty.

      Thank you so much again for all your recommendations!

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    • Kate Glad to help Ma'am.

      Add tutor to the list of ideas.

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  • Miz Kate,

    Was reading "The No-Spend Challenge Guide" the author had a list of side hustle jobs. Several have been mentioned but a lot haven't and see provides websites to get started.

    Ways to Make Extra Money Early in the Morning or Late at Night

    • Babysit or House sit via Care.com or UrbanSitter
    • Drive Uber or Lyft
    • Grocery shop for people with Instacart or Shipt
    • Tutor via Wyzant or StudyPool
    • Teach English via VIPKid
    • Bartend/wait tables

     

    Ways to Make Extra Money on Weekends

    • Yard work via Zaarly
    • Pet sit via Rover Clean homes via Handy or Takl
    • Move furniture via Thumbtack or TaskRabbit

     

    Ways to Make Extra Money Renting & Reselling

    • Sell on eBay
    • Fulfillment by Amazon
    • Flip furniture and selling through Facebook Marketplace
    • Sell used exercise equipment at Play it Again Sports or Swap me Sports
    • Offer a room/ your house on Airbnb or Homestay

     

    Ways to Make Extra Money at Home

    • Be a virtual assistant via 24/7 or Belay
    • Sell your designs on Zazzle, Cafepress, or Spreadshirt
    • Proofread and edit via Scribendi
    • Teach a course on Udemy or Skillshare
    • Evaluate search engines with Appen or Leapforce
    • Transcribe audio on TranscribeMe or Rev

    Smith, Jen. The No-Spend Challenge Guide: How to Stop Spending Money Impulsively, Pay off Debt Fast, & Make Your Finances Fit Your Dreams (pp. 77-78). Kindle Edition. 

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      • Kate
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      Ruff16965 (05bd62cee897) Yes! This is an excellent list! I can always count on you Mizter Ruff!

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    • Kate Not my list Jen Smith's that came right out of the book. All I did was read it at the right time to help you. :-D 

      Working on my own list right now a grocery shopping list for new/first apartment. Found one online and am customizing to how I eat and work. Sure I am forgetting things. 

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      Ruff16965 (05bd62cee897) excellent list!

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  • I've gotten temporary work in October working at a farm that did lots of Halloween/fall themed activities for the month. My tasks included scooping up poop in the petting zoo, yelling a children to follow the rules, and firing a pumpkin cannon, so it had its ups and downs. Not sure what its like where you live (this was in Southern California, so not the most seasonal place in the world) but you might be able to find temporary seasonal work if you scour Craigslist.

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      • Kate
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      cherish48 Hi Cherish! I will have to take a look around Oahu and see if there are any seasonal positions available. I mean, if worst comes to worst I could always go work in a Spirit Halloween store! 😂

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      • Erica
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      Kate That was 100% going to be my suggestion. Seems made for the situation!

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  • You can try for a job in transcription services. One of my friends tried GMR transcription in a similar situation as yours. Give it a try. All the best!

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      • Kate
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      kenneth wilson Thank you so much!!! I will definitely check this out!

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