A recent article in the Los Angeles Times had suggestions for college students to earn some extra money now that classes resumed.

As I read the article I could see how this could be a fit for anyone, not just college students.

For example, if you are retired you could audit a college class (sit in on the class without enrolling or getting credit) and take notes to sell to others.

Some websites that will pay you to upload the notes and they sell the notes to other students who may have missed the class or don’t want to attend. Three of the websites are https://studysoup.com/ https://nexusnotes.com and https://www.Stuvia.com. You can read about them by researching online.

If you have a skill in a certain subject like language, math, science, English, music, or whatever – you can tutor anyone from high school and college students to adults who want to become more proficient. Check out these companies: Varsity Tutors, Wyzant, or LessonFace.

Why not complete survey information by speaking to people? You can either list your qualifications and have surveys sent to you to call or speak to pre-qualified people. Or you can see if you qualify for different surveys yourself.

Unfortunately, you could spend time trying to qualify to be a survey taker, and then find out you don’t qualify to be paid. Check out these companies: Prolific, Swagbucks, or Survey Junkie.

If you are handy you can offer to assemble furniture – like the kind from Ikea – or do small handyman (or handywoman) repairs. These could be small things like changing a light switch or electrical socket to replacing a garbage disposal.

As an example, it takes me about 20-30 minutes to replace a garbage disposal for a tenant, and a plumber would charge $100 plus the cost of the disposal. I can buy a doorknob and deadbolt set for about $20-30 and it takes 15-20 minutes to replace. (I do this for each new tenant.) A locksmith would charge $80-150 for this service plus the cost of the lock set.

Lastly, most people are familiar with Door Dash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. If you have your own car you can sign up as a driver for these services. Most of the income comes from tips, so pick nice areas for delivery and avoid college campuses because students are generally bad tippers.

What could you do for some spare change?

To Your Prosperity,