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From the Email Bag - Make Money Running Errands, Doing Tasks
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
Nov. 8, 2012
Dear Rat Race Rebellion:
I work part-time in retail. It pays some of my bills, so I need more
income, but I’d rather do a variety of things instead of taking
one full-time job. Plus, right now I’m able to be at home when my
daughter gets out of school, and I’d like to keep that schedule.
Are there small projects that I could do from home when I want, instead
of having to commit to fixed hours? – Julie in Denver,
Dear Julie: Yes.
We’re seeing more and more sites that let people earn extra cash
by handling short-term tasks. Many of the projects are online, and can
be done from anywhere with an Internet connection. Others, like running
errands and doing local research, require a car.
Some people combine a variety of “gigs” to generate a
meaningful income by the end of the month. (We call these folks
“smorgasbord freelancers.”) Others are simply looking for a
few things they can do now and then, to put extra dollars in the cookie
Here are some options and thought-starters:
-- FieldAgent.net: If you have an iPhone, Field Agent pays people to
perform a variety of tasks, both online or in their local area. Per the
website, tasks can include price checks in local stores, in-store
photos, mystery shopping, online surveys and research, and attending
and reporting on local events.
Pay typically ranges from $3 to $12 per task. “The money you earn
is stored in your Field Agent account until you decide to withdraw it.
Withdrawals are handled through any standard PayPal account.”
-- TaskRabbit.com: TaskRabbit lets people (aka TaskRabbits) bid to do projects, and the task is awarded to the lowest bidder.
Projects vary widely, and can be online or local. Examples include
making a run to a local grocery store, doing house-cleaning chores,
performing research online, helping with a holiday party, and doing
-- SunlarkResearch.com: Sunlark Research hires people to visit local
courthouses and research public records. Per the site, the amount of
work depends mostly on the size of the researcher’s county:
“A very small county (i.e., under 10,000 residents) may have only
one hour of work per month while a very large county (i.e., over 1
million population) can sometimes keep a fast-working researcher busy
for 30-40 hours per week and could even need to be done by a
Pay for courthouse researchers in general ranges from $7 to $20 per hour.
-- BackgroundProfiles.com: As the name suggests, Background Profiles
provides employment screening services, which includes background
checks. The company hires people in the U.S. and Canada to visit local
courthouses and check records.
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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