Odd Jobs

A dollar saved is a dollar earned.

Working from home provides an excellent opportunity to save money by doing the tasks many people would pay someone else to do. Tasks might include cleaning, painting, gardening, putting together furniture or a shed, fitting a new tap or door handle. There are free instructional videos on YouTube that will teach you how to do just about anything you wish to learn.

Think about what happens when we choose to pay to have these services done for us. Commute to work, do stuff for 8 or 10 hours, your employer makes a margin on your work and pays you your salary upon which you pay tax. Then you use this money to pay someone else who charges you an pre-tax amount to motivate them enough to travel to where ever you are and do the task. Double tax. Double time. Simple job to do where you already find yourself much of the time.

Sure if you really detest doing something or you don’t have the skills or knowledge (or willingness to acquire them) then it may make sense to outsource certain tasks. Another reason is that you may be able to earn a tonne of money by specialising in something. This was true for myself, however it took me a while to realise that I loved variety. I prefer a day where I can switch between manual and intellectual tasks. Just because you may be highly skilled or qualified in a particular thing, don’t feel obligated to spend your life doing that one thing.

If you’re interested in earning some extra money by doing odd jobs, use sites like AirTasker and Gumtree to find people in your area who are willing to pay you for doing something. In this way, we’re harnessing the power of the Internet to find money making opportunities.

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