Gig Economy - Who Does Odd Bits for Extra Income ?

Keen to know if others are out there doing things on the side?

If not listed in the poll - drop it in the comments too.

Poll Options

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    Uber / Lift / Didi etc
  • 3
    Airtasker
  • 36
    Answer Questionnaires
  • 61
    Flog things on Ebay
  • 72
    Other

Comments

  • +11 votes

    Username checks out, totally not from the tax dept……

  • +10 votes

    User interface testing. About 20-30 minutes at a time for a $30 or so reward. It's not for everyone; you need to be able to clearly explain every click and thought with constructive feedback, even explaining things that you think are obvious, and there will be confidentiality considerations to note. But it's nice that my comments on websites actually go to people who will do something about it. I wish more sites and apps would consider it…

  • +54 votes

    HAHA Nice try ATO.

    Not this time.

  • +6 votes

    I shoot pigeons at the airport.

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    Not anymore but when I was a uni student, I had a side gig as a visual arts life model. If I remember correctly, it was $50 per hour, which was a hell of lot more than my job as a service attendant at BP. It did wonders for my self-confidence too.

    • +5 votes

      I had a side gig as a visual arts life model.

      was it awful having to suck your gut in for hours on end =P

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      how did you get the gig? Are you good looking? Do you work out?

      nohomo

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        I saw an ad on campus and applied. I was paid for a 3-hr training which involved learning some etiquettes, art jargon and how to pose by an association that represented life models ( perhaps it was called Life models' Society?). It was 15 years ago , so hard to remember.

        It wasn't seedy as I half expected. In fact, it was quite pleasurable to be part of an intense artistic environment that has enabled artists for hundreds of years.It's hard not to feel like a Botticelli nude ( or one of those french girls that Leo Dicaprio enjoyed painting in the Titanic) when you're draped over a cloth-covered couch and can hear only the sound of pencils on paper and see the intense concentrations on the artists' faces. Some of the sketches were great , some were less so.

        I was 18, into MMA and played soccer.I'm also bi-racial : my mother was a fair,bonny Irish lass and my father was a black , South African doctor. I would probably have been considered exotic-looking back then. Not anymore.

  • +5 votes

    Need multiple answers.

    Return & Earn bottles/cans
    Scrap metal recycling
    Ebay
    Surveys

    None of it will make me rich - mainly for fun money and to keep busy

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    Market research one of them sends the products but others are at a location. Depends on what’s being tested it’s $30 and free samples up to $150 sometimes. They are fun mostly

  • +12 votes

    Have been working fulltime online since 2007, after deciding to quit Sydney and head back home on the Nth Coast. Firstly I was doing Adsense arbitrage, then affiliate marketing, but for the last 8 years I've been supplying SEO services on platforms such as Fiverr.

    I'm well on the wrong side of 60, so I've let a lot of good online opportunities slide by over recent years, as I just don't have the energy or drive to pursue now.

    Wish this interweb's thingy had happened back in the 70's :)

  • +5 votes

    Painting / fixing up furniture.

    Find old furniture on street side collections, salvage yards or gumtree.

    My personal favourite are plain wood chairs. Some wood glue, hammer and clamps to make sure they arent wobbly and then some bright paint and a sand.

    There have been a number of chairs that I have bought for $10 and then with an hour or twos work over a week, I can resell them for $60+

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    When we got married, my wife decided to go back to uni. She was working part-time as a business analyst but did a lot of odd jobs including modelling, teaching yoga and tutoring French so that we could move out of our cockroach-infested apartment and buy a house.

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      You two have to be pretty pretty!

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        She's very pretty. One of the artists once described my face as "a study in contrast". I have tanned-skin but with blue eyes; dark curly hair and high cheekbones ( 2 feminine traits I've been told and I did often get mistaken for a girl when I was little) but then developed a strong, "chiseled" jawline in my teenage years. My wife once said, " your face really shouldn't work but somehow it does." 🤨

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          lol 2 down votes, someone is getting jelly.

          Anyway, your offspring must be pretty too. I don't think its possible for 2 pretty couples to have ugly kids. Just sayin'

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      How can a business analyst be a part time role? How did you meet your wife?

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        How can a business analyst be a part time role?

        She worked 4 days a week.

        How did you meet your wife?

        At uni. O'week. She was an international student and I had just moved to the big city to study.

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          mmm impressive!

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            @Homr:

            mmm impressive!

            That I met a pretty, young girl and managed to convince her to elope with me? Yep, I think so too😊

            • -1 vote

              @Jar Jar binks: This happens all the time with international students.

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                @whooah1979: She's different. She was always planning to go back to her home country and it took a lot of convincing to get her to agree to stay here. She was also in a relationship with someone else when we officially met; someone who was way cooler than me and had more going for him that I did at the time.

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                  @Jar Jar binks: Did you win her over from the other guy or did you wait until she became available again?

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                    @cucumber:

                    wait until she became available again?

                    She is not a parking space. Jar jar wanted her and did what was requested take their home.

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                    @cucumber: Let's just say that true love triumphed against all odds…

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                      @Jar Jar binks: So you won her over while she was still was in a relationship with the guy. Full respect to you who chose to "fight" for love :D

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                        @Homr: Did I "fight" for love? Hmmm not exactly…

                        I fell in love with her at O'week but she never noticed me. About a year later, we got introduced by a mutual friend and I recognised her immediately and then my heart sank, when I also recognised her boyfriend.He was by far the most popular person I knew on campus. He was 30 years old, had a successful career in marketing and a house and had left it all to come back to uni to study journalism and law. I, on the other hand, was 20, had nothing to my name , was sharing a place with 2 other losers, was seriously considering dropping out of uni and my work history included being a service attendant at BP and posing nude. Even a fool in love can tell when the odds are THAT stacked against him. It would be unfair to say that my heart broke. It didn't. It slowly deflated like a balloon, with a teeny, tiny, squeaky sound that I tried to cover up by being overly jovial and with a lot of alcohol. Thankfully, we were at a bar and I had just gotten paid.

                        This should have been the end of that 'love' story but as fate would have it, we were in the same advanced calculus class the next semester and she remembered me and came to sit next to me. We got along so well! She's so funny and witty that I sort of forgot how pretty she was and genuinely started thinking of her as my friend. We would spend hours talking to each other, bouncing jokes off each other , confiding in each other or just sitting next to each in warm, amicable silence.Her friendship meant a lot to me and I'd like to think that mine meant a lot to her.I'm pretty sure that the phrase , "you're like the brother I've never had" was gleefully uttered once, much to my dismay :(

                        Her boyfriend got wind of our friendship and his mates and him decided to confront me on a cold, dark night while I was walking out of the library. I was not so politely asked to back off, roughened a little bit, threatened with more bodily harm and blackmailed with releasing some of the nude sketches of me. All the time I was thinking, "OMG! The coolest guy on campus is threatened by me! May be I do have a chance of winning the girl of my dreams after all!"😊 I probably had a big, goofy grin on my face the whole time I was being roughened.🤣

                        One of her friends had seen the whole thing and txted her. She called him and broke up with him and walked the 2km to my place in the cold, dark night to apologise. It was raining heavily too , so she ended having to spend the night at my place… and the rest, is history.

                        So , no ,no fighting was required :)

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                          @Jar Jar binks: "I fell in love with her at O'week"

                          Wow, so you fell in love with someone who didn't even noticed you? Weak. Sorry had to say it

                          Your story is very sweet, you sure you don't write novels as your side gig?

                          Is ur wife older than you?

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                            @Homr:

                            Wow, so you fell in love with someone who didn't even noticed you? Weak

                            Worst, I only heard her laughter and caught a glimpse of her face before she was engulfed in the crowd. That was enough for me to fall head over heels in love with her. It's a lot easier to fall in love with someone you don't know than someone you know , I find.Luckily, she turned out to have a great personality too.

                            She's a couple of months younger than me. He was quite charismatic and came across as wordly, which was the attraction for her and many other girls on campus.

  • +1 vote

    Does Google Rewards surveys count? Other than that, I like to post on OzBargain.

  • +13 votes

    Good post OP, sick of weirdos looking for help after accidents or tips to get away from fines.

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    I've turned a number of hobbies or interests into small cash paying casual gigs. It's helped a lot when going back to do bits of study before transitioning career paths.

    QA/compliance contracting, teaching classes on how to be a justice of the peace for the local council, referee & judge for various combat sports, social media advising. Most of it is 10 hours a month type of work when it's available, but much of it is done in spare time regardless and the employers often cover meals & expenses, so why not.

    I do similar things too a few times a year & in return get free gym membership & other non-cash benefits which save a nice chunk of coin.

  • +5 votes

    Freelance tech consulting. Could be as basic as setting up computers to building software or roadmapping digital strategy for a business.
    Working with one client on the weekend now on top of full time work in the triple digits hourly.

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    I run an event hire hustle and get to attend lots of parties and weddings on the weekends. Taken me to so many different venues that I think I can be a consultant on hotels and restaurants.

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    Selling takeaway food on social media.

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      This has me curious. Can you expand on this?

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        I reckon if he can get more customers to buy his food he will expand. Big if though. He might have different ideas

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        There's like people selling home-cooked boxed lunches or something for $10 a pop on Instagram or Facebook such as at a uni, etc.

      • +2 votes

        Basically, I'm making/selling cultural food, real authentic home made food that is really hard to find in the shop. the process itself is quite simple.
        I posted the menu and the picture, open the preorder and I will close it as soon as it hits my target. My target can vary depending how complex the food is and how expensive the ingredients are.

        Once preordered, I select the days and we meet up somewhere in CBD or deliver if quantities are met. some food has good profit margin and some are not but I just throw it out there to keep the customer satisfied - from there on they sometimes offered me to cater to Bday parties, celebration, etc. overall its good enough to be a full fledge business but I don't have the energy to do it on FT basis.

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          Awesome. What foods do you make?

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            @Gowrie29: I normally make Indonesian/ Chinese food that easily be consumed in an office / Uni area - I don't want to make anything too hard to eat and requires full utensils to consume, so something simple, unique and value for money. I usually sell them for $10 - $12 per box.

            on a good day easily fulfilled 80-100 and on slow day I guess around 50 boxes..any lower than that I'll cancel the order since its not worth my time and effort. overall pretty easy money if you don't mind the process of cooking and bit of delivery.

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          My mother does the same, except she doesn't use social media. She's too old for that lol.

          She's a cook at a restaurant and people usually ask her what's cooking so and so on your off-day (because she's a good authentic Vietnamese cook and restaurants don't normally sell authentic dishes - believe it or not).

          She'll say she'll be cooking this and that, and if they're interested, they'll order it.

          So once people are done ordering, she'll cook it on her off-day (I know. Not at work but still working lol), deliver it to them and get paid.

          She makes a shit load of money, especially on stuff like Vietnamese pancakes ($15 a pancake) or pho ($100 a pot).

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    game dev

  • +1 vote

    uhhh, stuff that i've tried or stuff that's actually earnt coin?

    help friends, keep active, some turns into paid work, some doesn't …

    if you've got a skill, do that, the hard part is marketing and getting people to know about you

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    I pick up extra shifts at my day job every so often. We're always understaffed and can always use the help.
    It's a pretty enjoyable job and I get to hang out with people I already know, don't have to travel anywhere exotic
    $70/hr for extra shifts helps

  • +1 vote

    i occasionally do CA exam marking

  • +4 votes

    Finding blown away notes in local parks

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    Online tutoring. I'd recommend investing in a wacom tablet, it'll pay itself off in no time.
    Tutoring online takes away travel time and costs. I'd really recommend it if it's viable to you.

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      Have you signedup with any website to offer your services as online tutor? Thanks. My wife can teach English and online seems to be better option.

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