Hello. Just a quickie today. I have been thinking about jobs that can earn enough money to keep me alive and still leave enough time for me to focus on my writing. I thought I would share some of the good/bad/indifferent things I have tried in the past week or two. It might help you out, and at least I am not trying to charge for the advice with my ‘Make a Million Dollars the Easy Way’ book. The reason I am not doing is that the book does not, and will not, ever exist. It is also a lame thing to do to build up peoples hopes like that. Finally, the only person who would stand a vague chance of making a million buckaroos would be me. So, I share with you for free…
Online surveys – initially appealing and then soul destroyingly boring. Obviously, the survey companies are out to make money, so it is not really in your favour short term. It can be a decent trickly amount of cash in the long term, but I wouldn’t splash out on the new yacht just yet.
TV/Film Extras. Needs an initial investment to join some of the better agencies, but it can lead to fairly good pay £70.00 – 100.00 per day. Saying that, I have yet to get a single offer in the past week.
Secret Shoppers. This can pay between £5.00 – 100.00 for each secret shop job you do. Thanks to modern technology, interviews etc can be recorded on a mobile phone. To be honest, this has been another slow burn for me, but might lead to better things later.
Food Testers This is my favourite so far. I signed up yesterday. I have four separate appointments already. Each session is 3 hours long and pays over £6.00 p/h. Now, this may not seem much, but for twelve hours ‘work’. I hesitate to call it work I am eating and getting paid. One session I will be eating pheasant. I can’t afford to eat pheasant in my real life, and now someone want to pay me to do it. Win – win.
I think find whatever works for you. I prefer to do a bit of writing, take a break to refresh and then come back to it. If you prefer to write for long blocks, these may not be the jobs for you.
If you have any ideas/jobs/thoughts to add, please leave them in the comments section.
Take care buddies,