Top 10 Side Jobs – #10: Mystery Shopping

Mystery Shopping, mystery shopper, side job, extra income
Welcome to a new ten part series at the Outlier Model on the Top 10 Side Jobs available to the average person.  Please check out our intro post and tune in every Wednesday as we count down to #1! Sitting at #10 on our list of Top 10 Side Jobs is mystery shopping.  Before I became involved in mystery shopping, the idea of secret shoppers was not unknown to me.  I had worked in retail for a long...

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Being a volunteer

volunteer, charity work, volunteer work
I’m pretty notorious for being anti-charity, for the most part.  I am very suspicious of the amount of money spent on converting donor dollars to recipient works and cynical about the salaries of administrators and fundraising campaigns.  But I do believe in giving back to others.  How do I make it work?   Well, I try to focus on what I can do to have a direct impact on others.  I would...

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Updates: April 1 – 7

I’m pretty impressed with myself right now. Last week, I mentioned that I was doing some do it yourself bike repairs. It took a little longer to get around to, but I’ve successfully replaced four brake pads and a chain! It really doesn’t sound impressive, but when you’re able to do something for the first time, it’s very satisfying. In the past, I would have taken my bike...

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Making money is easy… part 2!

Estimating income, expenses, emergency expenses, bills, budgeting, budgeting income, make a budget that works, budgeting 101, Family and finances, dealing with the family, Making money, extra income, quick cash, side job
Earlier this month, Brian posted about his casual special events novelty selling gig.   Special events are a great way to add a bit of extra cash since they are infrequent, flexible, and often, fun. Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/twon/ I’ve been picking up some extra cash myself this summer, so here are my ideas: Mystery shopping: I do a few shops a month which nets me around $50...

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Posted in: Money

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