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Full-time job but need a second income: ideas, experiences, information?

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  1. mookboy

    mookboy BRAAAAAAP

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    Basically, despite earning a very good income in my profession, a combination of rising costs of living, past student debt, and mortgage mean I'm seriously considering looking for a second income.

    I'm really looking for input from anyone who has a full time, 5 day a week job, but who also has a second job or earns a second income in some way. What sort of experiences have people had with tax and other compulsory contributions? Are there areas of employment or income that people would recommend as especially easy to combine with a main, full time job?

    Thanks in advance.

    p.s Please no suggestions about offering my body to science/drugs trials/perverts for cash.
     
  2. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    Bear in mind that you'll pay basic rate tax (i.e. no allowances) on your second job, so on a pro rata pay rate, you'll get less take home from your second job than your first. I don't know how much you earn on your current job, but you should be aware in case your second job takes you over the higher tax rate threshold - in which case you may be left with a tax bill next year.

    A second job can also be wearing too - especially if you take on an evening job. Better, perhaps, to take on a weekend job, although that could mean that you'll be working 7 days a week without break.

    Is there an opportunity to earn overtime, or take on an extra role in your current job?

    Joe is probably the only person here who can give advice on selling your body :D
     
  3. mookboy

    mookboy BRAAAAAAP

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    No overtime at all. I'm a salary man.

    Ideally I want a few hours at the weekend, enough to get me maybe an extra 100quid a month.
     
  4. Daniel114

    Daniel114 What's a Dremel?

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    Hey, I know what spiralling debts are like, and have worked a few jobs at once when I was younger, unless your current job is something you can just breeze through however, I'd seriously avoid it, it can also be incredibly depressing.

    Anyhow this thread might get you started with some ideas
     
  5. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Why not write freelance? As you may or may not have noticed, I'm a 'news contributor' (read: dirty freelancer) for this very publication - and while I'm never one to say I'm overpaid (in fact, Tim: raise?) it's pretty good income for something I do in my spare time around a full-time job.

    Most of the major on-line sites are always looking for new writers. Write a couple of articles on spec and send 'em off. If you're lucky, you'll get a regular income from it.
     
  6. atanum141

    atanum141 I fapped to your post!

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    Cab driver
     
  7. TheCherub

    TheCherub Minimodder

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    :eyebrow:

    This is the first thread I opened on there, wasn't quite expecting this:

    Clicky

    Back on topic, if all you are after is something like £100 a month, one evening shift a week in a bar will probably give you that.
     
  8. mookboy

    mookboy BRAAAAAAP

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    That's exactly what I want to do - I've written on an off for online music sites for years now, and at one point ran a really successful zine of my own (never paid anything but got loads of free records).

    Bar work is my other potential avenue simply due to the easily compatible hours.
     
  9. Stickeh

    Stickeh Help me , Help you.

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    Buy at auctions, sell on ebay. Commission bid to keep within set limits and bid low. Buy stuff that people aren't that interested in, avoiding big names / products ( eg ipods ). Sell on ebay.

    I often go down to my local, buy some PSU's or network hardware ( good margins on these... go cheap in the auctions ) and sell on ebay. One week bout 8 PSU's for £50+ fees sold all for about £250 making just shy of two hundred quid, for maybe 5 hours work MAX. And thats just one week!
     
  10. Khensu

    Khensu likes to touch your special places

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    Bouncer? Six hours a night, £10 per hour? :D
     
  11. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    eBay is not a bad suggestion. My lady/wife has an eBay store and she make more than your initial request with about 4 hrs. on Saturday and Sunday. I do the photos and the write ups and she finds the goods at thrift stores and garage sales. Not new stuff, just her almost psychic feeling of what will sell. The first person who made a recorded $1,000,000 on eBay sold used golf clubs. Me, I don't know golf club from strip club.
    John
     
  12. mushky

    mushky gimme snails

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    Wideband TV aerial installation. Got a ladder? Get people sorted with digital TV. There are loads still on analogue and they will need to change soon. You can compliment the labour charges with mark ups on the equipment. Get some cards/fliers made up and stick them through doors on houses with old aerials
     
  13. inverted

    inverted What's a Dremel?

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    My mate does PC repairs, once you get yourself known around the local area you earn quite abit. Its easy work aswell.
     
  14. Amon

    Amon inch-perfect

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    I worked two jobs for the majority of this calendar year--one full-time 40-hour job, one 10-hour weekend (Saturday and Sunday) job. I can't advise you on taxes as, from what I've been told, taxation in the United Kingdom is a flat, universal rate irregardless of your weekly work hours or number of employers; whereas in Canada, you deduct only the provisions which you claim from the government (healthcare, supporting a senior, children, daycare, etc.).

    My best recommendation is regarding juggling the work hours. I preferred having my second job be on a consistent schedule, rather than being on-call or working from a permutating schedule that would change from weekends to empoloyer-selected weekday evenings, periodically. Whatever the second job you decide on is largely irrelevant. Just keep in mind that you want your work hours predictable so that it doesn't eat into time with the family or personal commitments.
     
  15. modgodtanvir

    modgodtanvir Prepare - for Mortal Bumbat!

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    Try for a taxi license. My uncle spends the day playing PSP games in a Ford Galaxy, and makes ~ £400 a week, working 4 days. I'm half considering quitting full time education to do it :p
     
  16. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    I work a weird schedule for my regular job (24 hours on, 48 off) and sometimes pick up temp work through an agency. It works pretty well as I call them and say I'm available such and such days and if they have anything available I can say yes or no to it. It works well and I've had all sorts of interesting jobs through them.
     
  17. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    steal stuff from work and sell it on ebay?

    you may think i'm joking, but when i worked at canadian tire (major dep't store here) in high school it was something that most of the full-timers did.
     
  18. Lord_A

    Lord_A Boom baby!

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    If you have a car that's reliable then you can take people to airports.
    Forget about being registered & stuff, that just costs loads, spread the word around to family / friends / colleagues / neighbours etc. and you'll soon have bookings.
    Don't know where you are but for us to go from Leicester to Luton costs at least £60 each way, which is still much much cheaper than proper cab firms.
    Last time we landed at Gatwick the taxi's there wanted to charge £320 to take us up to Leicester, that's just stupid, so you could offer a service for £200 even and you'd be smiling all the way to the bank.
     
  19. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    Pizza Delivery.
     
  20. DeadTeddy

    DeadTeddy What's a Dremel?

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    If you have the artistic skill, web design is perfect. It's rather easy to learn online, has a very good market, and the prices are surprisingly high. I don't know what prices are like where you live but here a simple 4 page site built from scratch usually costs more then a month's min wage. and the best part is all you need is a laptop and some basic software.

    you don't even need to advertise. most web hosts will scratch your back if you scratch theirs.
     

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