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Oxilon
05-09-2011, 11:53 AM
I always thought after graduating from college and getting a full-time job, money wouldn't be that big of an issue as a single, young professional. Well, that blew back in my face. Car loans, car insurance, student loans, rent, utilities, gas, cell phones....all that crap adds up. So...does anybody know of a good way to make some extra money on the side? Obviously I'm working M-F, so Saturday and Sunday are pretty much my only options.

George Anderson
05-09-2011, 11:56 AM
I would say since you are on this site that it is likely you like baseball, so consider umpiring baseball games. You can make in the range of $45-$65 a game depending on the level you work. You can make a good $150 on a Saturday or Sunday doing something that for the most part is fun.

bucksfan2
05-09-2011, 11:58 AM
I would say since you are on this site that it is likely you like baseball, so consider umpiring baseball games. You can make in the range of $45-$65 a game depending on the level you work. You can make a good $150 on a Saturday or Sunday doing something that for the most part is fun.

I second that only would say get into basketball. Games run on a time limit, you can do multiple in the span of one baseball game, and they go year round.

Oxilon
05-09-2011, 12:00 PM
Perhaps. I was a soccer referee years ago (it was actually my first job). Pay was decent but I hated dealing with the parents. They were so brutal. Not sure if my opinion on that matter would have changed by now or not.

gonelong
05-09-2011, 12:20 PM
Before I'd look for a 2nd job, I'd review my expenditures to see where I could cut. Cutting out a coffee here a soda with lunch, etc. adds up quickly. For me, I'd rather have the personal free time than more stuff and a second job. Can you alter your living arrangements to cut cost significantly? Do you have expensive hobbies, like golf, and a gym membership? Trade them in for a less expensive hobby like running and kill two birds with one stone. Disc golf is a load of fun. About $30 in initial cost and you can enjoy for a long time.

If you still need some cash flow, consider asking a Fireman if they or anyone they knows that mows lawns/grass somewhere. They will know at least one fireman that does so. Mowing grass is a nice low-stress secondary activity if you need extra cash. Also gets you outside after being inside all week. The seasonal aspect also gives you a break from working 2 jobs.

GL

George Anderson
05-09-2011, 12:23 PM
Perhaps. I was a soccer referee years ago (it was actually my first job). Pay was decent but I hated dealing with the parents. They were so brutal. Not sure if my opinion on that matter would have changed by now or not.

There is no need to deal with the parents. In 14 years of officiating I have never once spoke with a parent during a game. Just ignore them and call the game. If fans yelling taunts at you bothers you then just give it time and after so long the taunts will not bother you. When fans taunt me now I just laugh inside at them.

Gainesville Red
05-09-2011, 12:38 PM
Find a local moving company.

Slyder
05-09-2011, 02:31 PM
There is no need to deal with the parents. In 14 years of officiating I have never once spoke with a parent during a game. Just ignore them and call the game. If fans yelling taunts at you bothers you then just give it time and after so long the taunts will not bother you. When fans taunt me now I just laugh inside at them.

The line I like to use is May I have your info and I'll let you know when they are having the class so that you can get paid for this. That usually will shut them up.

George Anderson
05-09-2011, 03:26 PM
The line I like to use is May I have your info and I'll let you know when they are having the class so that you can get paid for this. That usually will shut them up.

No.

Ignoring them while they rant like idiots behind a fence is the best method.

Ignoring them drives them nuts.

LoganBuck
05-09-2011, 03:39 PM
Some people that I know that have had their salary/hours cut, are doing landscaping and lawn care.

Slyder
05-09-2011, 04:29 PM
No.

Ignoring them while they rant like idiots behind a fence is the best method.

Ignoring them drives them nuts.

I only use it if the players are being distracted or being emboldened by the idiocy (IE questioning my calls or yelling back at the parents and not a school functioned game).

Puffy
05-09-2011, 05:13 PM
Pimpin'

It ain't easy, but the money good.

muddie
05-09-2011, 05:20 PM
I would strongly encourage you to look at where you could cut your expenditures first. In your judgement, is this income you're seeking for the purpose of "keeping up" or to get ahead? Just curious.

westofyou
05-09-2011, 07:07 PM
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Scrap Irony
05-09-2011, 07:14 PM
Plasma still sells, doesn't it? (As do other bodily fluids.)

Oxilon
05-09-2011, 08:26 PM
I would strongly encourage you to look at where you could cut your expenditures first. In your judgement, is this income you're seeking for the purpose of "keeping up" or to get ahead? Just curious.

It's more to get ahead than anything. It's just between gas, rent, loans, and bills, I don't have all that much money to spend for myself. It's really frustrating, and (knock on wood), I'm always one massive car failure away from being pretty broke for a few weeks. So, yeah, it's to get ahead and to have a little money on the side in case of emergencies.

Caveat Emperor
05-09-2011, 11:23 PM
I would strongly encourage you to look at where you could cut your expenditures first. In your judgement, is this income you're seeking for the purpose of "keeping up" or to get ahead? Just curious.

I'm in much the same position as Ox -- working 9-5, but not really making a ton of money and finding it difficult to have "fun" money after paying for bills, rent, student loans, etc. For me, it's entirely a quality of life thing. I would rather work harder and have the ability to do fun things with my girlfriend, own some nice stuff, and not be constantly worried about money.

Could I save money by cutting out coffee in the morning? Yeah, but I like coffee in the morning. Could I up the bank account by cutting out golf games with my friends? Sure, but I like playing golf. Life's short, and there's no make up at the end for the person who kept putting stuff off for later.

I looked into basketball refereeing earlier in the year, but it seems like no one was really hiring. I'll look into umpiring as well. Ideally, I'd love to make about $100-$150 extra per week, and that sounds like a perfect way to do that.

Slyder
05-09-2011, 11:48 PM
I'm in much the same position as Ox -- working 9-5, but not really making a ton of money and finding it difficult to have "fun" money after paying for bills, rent, student loans, etc. For me, it's entirely a quality of life thing. I would rather work harder and have the ability to do fun things with my girlfriend, own some nice stuff, and not be constantly worried about money.

Could I save money by cutting out coffee in the morning? Yeah, but I like coffee in the morning. Could I up the bank account by cutting out golf games with my friends? Sure, but I like playing golf. Life's short, and there's no make up at the end for the person who kept putting stuff off for later.

I looked into basketball refereeing earlier in the year, but it seems like no one was really hiring. I'll look into umpiring as well. Ideally, I'd love to make about $100-$150 extra per week, and that sounds like a perfect way to do that.

You'll probably have to get certified. If you know anyone who plays in the Youth leagues that would probably be your best chance at contacting who you need to for any sort of registration.

*BaseClogger*
05-10-2011, 12:30 AM
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bucksfan2
05-10-2011, 08:23 AM
It's more to get ahead than anything. It's just between gas, rent, loans, and bills, I don't have all that much money to spend for myself. It's really frustrating, and (knock on wood), I'm always one massive car failure away from being pretty broke for a few weeks. So, yeah, it's to get ahead and to have a little money on the side in case of emergencies.

I had a friend who looked to pick up a part time job because her expenses were growing. She applied at coffee shops and other novelty shops that she could work nights or weekends. After a month or so of search she decided it wasn't worth it.

I understand the feeling. Its almost like you never feel like you are getting ahead. The only issue is the opportunity cost of a second job. The money sure will be nice, but the time you have to give up may be more costly. And you also have to figure that you won't be making as much as you would hope. I liked the idea of cutting cost and seeing where that will lead you to. I think if your able to do that and get things in order after a while you may not need to work a second job, or you may find out that you do need it. To be honest getting off work at 5 and having nothing to do is much better than getting off at 5 and having a second job to go to.

George Anderson
05-10-2011, 08:58 AM
I, I'd love to make about $100-$150 extra per week, and that sounds like a perfect way to do that.

I work about 7 games a week and bring home about $420 extra a week. Minus gas, uniform and other expenses. During the summer you can work alot more games and make alot more than that.

15fan
05-10-2011, 10:26 AM
Lots of wisdom in the thread. Look for ways to cut spending. Always.

I also know that baby/child sitting can be big money. That can be a Fri or Sat night. Or it can be helping to shuttle a kid between school / sports / lessons if one parent is out of town during the week. It can be taking a day off work to watch a kid during the limbo of school being out but no summer camps being in session yet. It can be taking a kid to a matinee movie on a Saturday in December while parents do holiday shopping.

If you are responsible and have reliable transportation, there are plenty of working parents who would pay you well to help a few hours a week or one afternoon / evening per month.

Roy Tucker
05-10-2011, 12:56 PM
I need my sleep, but I've got a friend who doesn't and he does 2-3 night shifts at Home Depot doing stocking.

Razor Shines
05-10-2011, 01:01 PM
Well my wife just had our second son on Sunday and which means she is now on maternity leave. A week before she had the baby I started delivering pizzas 2 nights a week. It's so freakin' easy. I work 4 hour shifts and make $60+ a night just in tips. I also umpire a couple baseball games on Saturdays.

it's an easy way to bridge the gap until she's back to working (if she does go back) without having to dip into savings.

Scrap Irony
05-10-2011, 01:02 PM
I worked at Walgreen's as a photo tech at night while also teaching in my younger days. It gave me enough money to pay for my school loans, so I wouldn't have to
1) pay for my school loans anymore, and,
2) work two jobs to save money.

It worked out for about a year and a half.

The downside was absolutely no downtime (unless you count sleeping) and no life beyond the store and the school.

I can't imagine doing that with a wife, kids, or even a girlfriend.

Cyclone792
05-10-2011, 01:29 PM
I always thought after graduating from college and getting a full-time job, money wouldn't be that big of an issue as a single, young professional. Well, that blew back in my face. Car loans, car insurance, student loans, rent, utilities, gas, cell phones....all that crap adds up. So...does anybody know of a good way to make some extra money on the side? Obviously I'm working M-F, so Saturday and Sunday are pretty much my only options.

By far your best avenue is to cut expenses. Successful wealth building occurs based on what you keep, not what you make.

You could grab a second job and be able to save a little bit of money off those earnings, but what's likely to happen is you'll just spend even more than you're already spending. Subsequently, it's likely that any type of second job may be temporary (most people don't work two jobs for decades) and then you'll be absolutely forced to cut expenses when the second job goes. It's better to just to align your spending habits now with your current gross income. This sets up a pattern of wealth building that you can implement for the totality of your working career.

Try a little exercise: outline your total average monthly expenses down the line. Include all bills, food, gas, discretionary spending, etc. Sure some months you'll spend more on entertainment than other months, but put down a reasonable monthly average. Then start identifying things that you could realistically cut out/reduce the cost. Some things you probably absolutely do not want to live without. Other things may be easy to slice off, though, and you'll probably surprise yourself. For example, I reduced my monthly energy bill by 30 percent simply by switching energy suppliers. All it took was one 20 minute phone call.

In a nutshell, save 20 percent of your gross income in retirement investment accounts, maintain a separate emergency savings fund (6 months or so), then live off what's left. If you're simultaneously trying to save for a large purchase (house downpayment, car, appliances, whatever), then ideally that needs to come out of the "what's left" category, not one of the other two categories.

If you do that, then you'll likely be able to tell the workforce to go shove it by the time you're in your mid 50s, if not sooner.

Mario-Rijo
05-10-2011, 07:50 PM
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CrimsonCrusader
05-12-2011, 05:03 PM
Mystery shopping. No pesky credit/job history checks, and they email you new assignments every day.

And, yes...it is free to sign up, and it is NOT a scam. Try Intelli-shop.com, for starters!

CrimsonCrusader
05-12-2011, 05:14 PM
2 Words!

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...you, know...in low light, maybe she's not too bad...LOL....:laugh:

Spitball
05-12-2011, 09:24 PM
Perhaps. I was a soccer referee years ago (it was actually my first job). Pay was decent but I hated dealing with the parents. They were so brutal. Not sure if my opinion on that matter would have changed by now or not.

Try taking this umpire's lead.

YouTube - umpire's revenge (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSBu_56FYRw&feature=pyv&ad=10888495779&kw=baseball)

Slyder
05-12-2011, 11:40 PM
Perhaps. I was a soccer referee years ago (it was actually my first job). Pay was decent but I hated dealing with the parents. They were so brutal. Not sure if my opinion on that matter would have changed by now or not.

I would say as a whole parents are better now because many of the coaches now, played (some with me) soccer growing up and have a better grasp of the basic rules but occasionally you'll find the 1 or 2 parents who watch their kids play (and no other experience at all) that will get rather annoying.