10+ Ways to Supplement Your Income When You’re Between Jobs and Out of Work that Aren’t Retail or Food Service

At some point in your career, you might get fired or let go. Regardless of why it happened, when it does, it can be one of the most stressful times in your life for numerous reasons, many having to do with money.

Even if you have an emergency fund, and although you’ll have to spend a lot of time hunting for your next gig, you likely will also want to make some money on the side during the process of finding your next adventure.

Here’s our list of jobs, gigs, and websites that can provide extra income in a short period of time if you don’t want to or can’t do retail or food service jobs.

And also, it will be ok. The best is yet to come, always keep that in mind!

Be a Freelancer or Consultant

Whatever you did full-time, you can do part-time and as a consultant as well. People need your skills and are willing to pay for them, you just have to find the right avenues to find those people. Start with your own network (including family!) or sites like Upwork and Fiverr.

Become a TaskRabbit

Tutor / Babysit

Sell things online:

DJ parties or events

Landscape / Mow lawns / Snow removal / Garden

Work events

Become a virtual assistant

Housesit / Pet sit / Dog walk

Look for research groups/studies on sites like Craigslist and Usertesting

Offer services like house cleaning and organizing

Drive for Lyft or Uber

Deliver for PostMates


What are your ideas for making cash between jobs?

About the Author

Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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