Here are five great ideas for generating speasonal or sporadic income:
1.) Earn cash for Christmas. Wreaths of Maine works with homeschooling families to let kids earn cash for Christmas. Kids can start selling wreaths as early as October and earn about $4 a wreath. The kids are not responsible for delivering the wreaths, just getting the orders. Kids learn a lot about submitting information properly, sending in orders on time etc.
2.) Tutoring. If you have a strength in some subject, or enough experience to justify charging money for helping students, then this is a fairly convenient and useful job. When I started tutoring we were living in an apartment, so I willingly went to students’ homes. Later, when we had kids, I had the students come to our home. My children were not very disruptive and Dad was home for the evening appointments. Originally, I was able to get going because a friend was a counselor at a high school and he gave my name out. Later ,I placed an ad in a local paper and dropped flyers off at the local high schools. I used www.godaddy.com to create my website, www.willistutoring.com, and posted on some local internet information boards. I have also had business cards and simple brochures created through www.vistaprint.com. Your fees should be based on where you live as well as your degree; I have a degree in Math with Secondary certification, so I charge $30 per hour. We are quite rural here and there is less of a focus on higher education, so less of a demand for tutoring, but with the plethora of national tutoring service chains there is a demand for one-on-one tutoring. You can call local tutoring centers and ask what they charge before you set your fees.
3.) Flower delivery. You will need to contact several local florists at least three weeks or so before a holiday to see if they will need drivers. They will want to do a background check and have forms filled out. Make sure you know the general layout of the areas, but the florists should provide you with directions (if they do not, I would try another company), and it is very helpful to have a cellphone. The companies pay anywhere from $7 a delivery on up. So, with an efficient route you could easily make $28 an hour. We made on average about $21 an hour. You do not get paid if you do not make the delivery, so be serious about finding a neighbor with whom to leave the flowers. For this job, I was responsible for driving the vehicle while the kids delivered and navigated. Then they split the non-gas earnings. They had quite a bit of fun. We still get called for holidays by our local company and, depending on the kids' finances, we will work some of the days.