Ideas for Extra Income on Maternity Leave

I'm about to start maternity leave. I'm looking for ideas of ways to generate another source of income. I've got an ABN number. I've mystery shopper for over ten years and will probably do some extra jobs. My background is retail. My current job is in a communications centre. I can listen and type at the same time. Got great computer skills. I've got access to a computer and tablet.

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    Become an influencer

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    Given the current environment, you wouldn't want to leave the house unnecessarily. Maybe a good chance to do a clear out around the house and sell anything of value on eBay? Most of the work is done at home, and you can still walk to the postbox for anything that sells (smaller things like CD, DVDS, games etc. are especially easy). People will also be looking for things to keep them entertained at home.

    Larger items that can't be posted can be put on Facebook Marketplace/Gumtree, I'd just avoid anything that requires any interaction/close inspection for a while at least. Since you will be home for a while you'll have time to list, take photos, respond to queries etc.

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      I got into selling trading cards last year on eBay. That was easy to do from home. Not a huge money maker but a bit of fun. One card sold for enough to cover all the card packs I bought. Shame the ebay fees and then on top the PayPal fees are so high.

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    As options are limited I would get started on surveys. Before you know it you will have a $10 grocery voucher

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    Twitch streaming.

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    Become a mummy blogger.

    The world needs another new mum who think she knows it all.

    /S

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    I've mystery shopper for over ten years and will probably do some extra jobs.

    Good luck with that one. Checked out any mystery shopping websites lately?

    Most mystery shopping companies I'm registered with have cancelled all jobs until further notice, which includes visits, phone calls, and email enquiries.

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      All their clients bailed on them. I did an email enquiry last week. It only paid $10 for a couple of minutes work.

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    When hundreds of thousands are suddenly forced into the equivalent of unpaid maternity leave and many non-essential businesses are downsizing, the right answer just a few months ago may no longer apply.

    I don't know if the new Service NSW and Centrelink roles they keep talking about support working from home (due to security reasons). I think I read Telstra still makes their call centre workers work in Bathurst? But like I said, the competition is super high right now…though everyone seems to be sucking up to ex-Qantas workers first.

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    If you have some customer service experience a lot of the call centre jobs are WFH once you are trained.

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    Follow airtasker and gumtree jobs, they are posted 24 hours a day, all kinds of things, something for everyone like pamphlet delivery, dog walking, babysitting

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    You're not allowed to work during the AG paid parental leave: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/ce...

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