How to Earn Extra Money
by Working Seasonal Jobs & Temporary Jobs

Want to know how to earn extra money? Are you a stay at home Mom that needs a part-time job? Maybe you're disabled, and need to work-at-home? Or simply retired and just need to earn some extra cash? Simply need to supplement your income? There are many reasons that we need or want to earn extra money, so I've put together a list of possible options for that include work-at-home jobsways to sell your stuffSwagBucksdonating your stuff, money making apps and other ways to make money.

Seasonal Hiring

Seasonal jobs are a great way to make extra income and not commit to a job if you do not intend to. The best part about these types of jobs is that if it turns out that you like the job and they like you, they may offer you full-time employment when the season ends, or they may call you again next season to return. Most seasonal jobs take place between October through April when their sales traffic increases. It begins just prior to the Thanksgiving/Christmas season and ends for some in January, and for others just after Tax season. If you're looking for seasonal type work, focus your efforts on places like:

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Toys "R" Us
  • Best Buy
  • The Container Store
  • UPS
  • Fedex
  • Shutterfly
  • Kohl's
  • H&R Block
  • Macy's
  • hhgregg
  • Hickory Farms
  • Gamestop

Temporary Jobs

Temporary Jobs or Temp Jobs are a great way to earn extra income. I, myself, have temp'd a lot in my days, and if you're good at it, it can lead to being offered full-time work at many of the places that you work at. I was offered full-time work at nearly 90% of the places that I temp'd for. Many of those places are seeking a full-time employee and are simply going through temps until they find the right person, or while they're interviewing other potential candidates. If you are offered a position, you are in a position of advantage, because you have already seen what your work environment will be, who your co-workers will be and what they are like, and some of what your position entails. And, if you are truly exceptional at your job, you may even be able to negotiate a slightly higher salary than what they were offering.

A word of caution about some Temporary jobs. There are some temporary agencies out there that will ask you to pay them to seek out employment for you. I highly advice you NOT to do this. You should not have to pay an agency to find you work. I never ever did this! Before stepping foot into an agency, call around, ask questions, and if they ask for money, hang up!

Most reputable Temporary Agencies will require you to come in and complete an Employment Application and you will be required, based on your answers to the Skills questionnaire to take a Typing Test, a Basic Math Test, and possibly some other tests depending on the type of work they wish to send you out for (nothing too difficult). They will only send you out for what you are qualified for.

The great part about many Temporary Agencies is, that after you've completed an assignment or two for them, they will also offer you online training to increase your skillset, so that you can go out on even more assignments. For instance, if you don't know how to use Microsoft Word or Excel, you might be provided with online training for those. So be certain to inquire about that and show an interest in learning.

Now, there are Temporary jobs that require little or no experience, although many of these workers do have experience. These types of jobs are called Day Laborers. The most well-known agency in this field is called, Labor Ready or PeopleReady, but there are many others as well. In this type of temporary employment, you must show up very early in the morning and wait for a position to be assigned to you. Then you leave out usually with a group or alone to your assigned job, and return in the evening, and collect your pay the same day.

The difference between the first instance and the second instance, is that the first Temporary example usually takes place in an office environment, you are called on the telephone in advance and informed of your assignment, you are dressed in a professional or semi-professional attire, and your check is either direct deposited, mailed to you, or you can pick it up later. In the Day Laborer instance, you must arrive at a Retail Building at dawn, dressed in construction work attire, sometimes wait for hours to be assigned work, and sometimes go home without ever being assigned work, leave in a van with other workers to the place of employment, or drive yourself, then return after your shift to pickup your check. The experiences differ greatly. My spouse and I have personally experienced both.

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