Tell your boss you need a break–a real one, and step away from your desk! Those of us who spend 8+ hours behind a computer 5 days a week are doing a lot of damage to our well being. Not only is it depressing to peck away at a keyboard all day, but it negatively impacts your weight, posture, and other aspects of your physical and mental health. I’ve been a big fan of my daily walks for the past 2 years, usually clocking 2 miles with a co-worker throughout most of the year (we’ve even gone when it’s freezing out!). It gives us a change to unplug from work, feel the sun on our faces, chat, and break up the day. We’d come back into the office rejuvenated and ready to preform our best–so it’s a win for our clients and our company too! If walking isn’t you thing, it’s still important to get out from behind the desk and move a bit.
Now that school is winding down and I’m about to have an expensive Master’s degree with no job in sight, I decided to be proactive instead of worrying myself to death. After scouring the internet, I found some extra ways to make money. I can’t say they’re all appealing, but if your situation is desperate enough, give ’em a shot.
Here are some of the top *realistic* (for most people) ideas I found:
Dog walking/pet sitting
House cleaning or handiwork
Participating in medical/research studies (I already do at Rutgers)
Donating body parts (blood plasma, eggs or sperm, hair, etc.)
Selling my stuff–(get ready for a garage sale guys! …or eBay, Craigslist, Poshmark, etc.)
Freelance work (oh, wait, my skill set doesn’t really work like that)
Work special events (sounds interesting: read what they said here)
Renting out a room (I already do that, too)
Blog or make websites (sooo… where’s my money from this?)
Some things I found were pretty shocking and some made me laugh. One of the pages I found was Xfinity Finance, which had a 24-item list, some were ridiculous, while others are worth considering. DailyFinance.com says “Go Scavenging: 100,000 homeless can’t be wrong!” Ha! That’s terrible, but I don’t know if it’s worse than them suggesting you “Head to a Casino” for extra cash. Money.HowStuffWorks.com had some oddly-career-specific suggestions, like Teleradiology or teaching a college class–really? Let me just start that tomorrow for some extra pocket cash. Several sources also suggesting wrapping your car with ads–do people really want to do something like that?
This search has been both intriguing and depressing, but I think I’ll get back to sending out résumés now.