My very first job ever, even before the teenage adventures in babysitting, was as a dog-walker for my neighbor.
I was in the 6th grade, and my neighbors were a young couple who worked full time and didn’t have any kids. I began walking their wonderful Wheaten Terrier, Delaney, everyday after school for $1 per walk. When Delaney passed away, they got another Wheaten a few months later, and I took care of him too. I had that job from the time I was in the 6th grade through 11th grade.
In the past few years, I’ve noticed this incredible insurgence of dog-walking and pet-sitting companies. Many urban professionals have massive amounts of puppy-guilt, in leaving their dogs home alone for hours on end. So, they hire people to come by and take care of their pets…for a nice fee of course.
In terms of great random jobs, it’s really hard to beat pet-sitting. If you live in an urban area, you can check out the local pet-sitting companies to see if they’re hiring workers (they usually are) or you can even start your own company! All it takes is a few clients, a few ads, and you can be on your way. There is a lot of referrals in the pet-industry, since not many people will trust their pets to just anyone. Your business could take off pretty quickly, and then you can hire your own staff!
Think about all the extra money you could make by being a mystery shopper, starting your own business, or working from home for a legitimate company. Take control of your income and check out our LEARN page for a list of classes, books, and more!