JOB SEARCH / MAY. 07, 2014
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5 Odds Jobs You Can do Around Your Neighborhood Today

Did you lose your job? Do you need to earn extra cash?

Unfortunately, losing your job can result in long-term unemployment. And nowadays, it can take an average of seven months to find a new job. In the meantime, you might rely on unemployment compensation or perhaps live off your savings account. But even if you have an income source, it may not be enough, or you may need a few extra hundred dollars a month to supplement your income.

Fortunately, you don’t have to look far for extra money. Here are five odd jobs you can do around your neighborhood today to make ends meet.

#1 Window Washer

Purchase a long reach window cleaning set for under $30 and you’ll have everything you need to clean a house’s exterior windows. Create a basic flyer and leave them at homes in your community and neighboring communities. You can charge a flat fee per window, perhaps $5 per window (you can charge extra to remove and replace screens). Clean a house with 10 windows and earn $50 for one or two hours work.

#2 House Sitter

Housesit homes in the neighborhood for a flat rate of $5 to $10 per day, depending on the level of service. Visit the house on a daily basis to water plants, remove letters from the mailbox and pick up any packages that might be left at the door. You can also check the house for problems, such as suspicious activity or water leaks. And if the family has pets, you can walk dogs, empty the kitty litter or feed the fish.

#3 Housekeeping

Providing general housekeeping services is another way to supplement your income while looking for a job. General cleaning might include vacuuming, sweeping and mopping floors, trash removal, cleaning the kitchens and baths, and dusting surfaces. House cleaning rates average $25 per hour; however, you can charge more if the homeowner requires detailed services, such as cleaning the inside of cabinets or appliances, and other household chores such as laundry.

#4 Lawn Care

For cutting, edging and blowing, you can charge between $25 and $45, depending on the size of the lawn. Additionally, you might provide a niche service, such as watering the grass during the hot summer months, raking leaves, pulling weeding or offering dog poop cleanup services.

#5 Get Neighborhood Kids off the bus

Parents are always in search of after school care for their children. And even if children are old enough to go home by themselves, parent’s aren’t always comfortable with this arrangement. This is where you come in. Talk with a few of your neighbors and offer to pick up their kids at the bus stop. You can charge a low rate, such as $5 an hour per child. Bring the children to your home, provide a light snack and help with their homework. If you watch three kids for two hours a day, that's $30 a day, or $150 a week. Contact your state’s Department of Child Development and Early Education for childcare and after school care regulations.

What did you do to supplement your income after a job loss?Please comment.

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