Whether you’re looking for a full-time job or a temporary job for the day to earn a few dollars in your pocket, I wanted to show you some strategies on ways to find these gigs and what kind of “under the table” jobs you can consider if you simply want the cash only instead of the typical check or direct deposit.
Yes, there are quite a few.
Now, like any job, it will require a bit of effort and hard work on your part, but if you have the right mindset and work ethic, you can actually make some decent money, maybe as much as $50+ an hour.
In fact, some people may call you again in the future if you’re good enough. And who knows? Maybe it could become a full-time career?
In today’s post, I wanted to share some tips that I have used personally in the past as well as a few other tips/resources I researched online and wanted to compile the ultimate cash-paying job ideas/resource list.
Now, DO NOTE, while these jobs are “under the table,” this should be treated just like you were working as a contractor. ALL cash you earn should always be recorded at the end of the year, especially if your boss/company issues a 1099. Hiding your cash-paying job from the government will only haunt you in the future and isn’t worth hiding. Plus, if you make less than $30,000 a year as an individual, you probably won’t pay much in taxes anyway!
7 Jobs That Pay Under the Table
Listed below, I will talk about the many jobs I found online that you may want to consider, and toward the end, I will list a few awesome free resources you can use in order to find these said cash-paying jobs.
The list can be quite long, but hopefully, you can find at least two or three ideas that could earn you a few dollars on the side.
Again, the term “under the table” or “off the books” has a stigma to it, but it’s ONLY illegal if you DON’T report, so remember, we follow the law here — do your tax reporting and you will be just fine.
THIS post is not intended to be illegal nor should it be a representation of such.
As always, if you know of a job I’m missing, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Again, this post is designed to show you which jobs could land cash in your hand right away if you needed the cash ASAP.
Babysitting or Nanny
This could be one of the easiest ways to earn cash only on this list.
As there’s always an opportunity to watch children of all ages, consider creating an account on Care.com or even asking around Facebook to see if anyone is in need of a babysitter. Craigslist could be a great choice, too, but most parents are usually hesitant when using this Craigslist due to the stigma it has.
Often paying $10+ an hour, this could turn into a lucrative part-time cash-paying job if you find the right families.
In some cases, even full-time. I guess it really depends on what you’re looking for in terms of making.
But do keep in mind that babysitting could have some odd hours as most parents need a babysitter for the occasional date night, usually during the weekend, or during the afternoon when they are at work.
And as long as you’re flexible, you shouldn’t have a hard time finding some parents who need the help, especially if you’re CPR certified and have references.
Regardless, if you don’t mind working with children, this is one option I’d put high on my list.
Work hard and it won’t be hard to find families looking for help.
I saw this one posted a few times as a recommendation and could be a great idea, especially during the holidays.
During these busier months, caterers are often overwhelmed and need help for the day, helping with setting up trays, serving food and/or delivering to a certain location.
While the job won’t pay a ton, it could be a great temporary one-day gig.
People are ALWAYS looking for someone to clean their home.
Whether it’s a one-time deep cleaning because someone is moving out of their home or a recurring job, if you don’t mind mopping, dusting and vacuuming, then this could be an awesome way to earn $100, $200 or even $300 for the day.
If interested, Care.com can be a GREAT way to find people who are looking for cleaning help, but there are other ways as well, all of which I will touch upon toward the end.
Cleaning can be grueling, but if you’re able to find a partner to help you with the job, it’s actually not too bad for most.
While a lot of people sell on Etsy and do quite well, local craft shows can sometimes still be a hit, depending on where you live.
And aside from local events, if your work is good enough, you may be able to sell your items on Craigslist or Facebook as well if you don’t want to set up your booth at a local fair.
If you can craft it, then you could sell it, but of course, there needs to be a demand and people need to know about you.
For example, someone used to live nearby who would turn tree logs into a carving, such as an animal, sports logo or just about anything really. He had the advantage of living on the main road, but he seemed to always be sold out since his inventory seemed to be always changing. People on the local Facebook page often asked about him.
In the crafting world, your ideas are endless, and if you have a knack for creating, look for some ideas on either Pinterest or Etsy for your next side gig idea.
Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
If you’re a fan of dogs, cats or any pets for that matter, people are ALWAYS looking for someone to walk their dog and/or board them at a home for a few days while away.
And if you don’t mind housing a pet or even taking one for a stroll, you can easily make $20, $30 or $40 per night, per pet. Or even more if you visit someone’s home.
Add in two to three pets and you’re talking about a nice side income.
While you can find people looking for a sitter online, I highly recommend Rover.com as most people go here to find a provider in your area, and once you gain a reputation, you could possibly receive more requests than you can handle. Care.com is another website to check out as well. I will talk about these later, I promise! For now, check out these 11+ websites where you can find a dog sitting job.
If you look at the “rideshare” portion of Craigslist, you can often find someone who is willing to pay for a ride somewhere.
And if you like driving, it can be a great way to make cash, especially if you’re already heading to the destination.
In some cases, it may be around town, but others may be looking for a ride one hundred or one thousand miles away.
For example, here’s one ad I found:
Regardless, check out the section to see if any make sense for your pocketbook.
And the next time you’re heading to a city, make it a habit to check out the section to see if someone needs a ride that way.
In most cases, you could make enough to cover gas and even more.
Almost every town has a farmers market sometime throughout the year.
While some towns will have it every Saturday, for instance, another may have it once a month.
Regardless, try to figure out when your local city has one and if it’s worth renting a booth. Usually, a quick search can find some nearby.
For example, in my local town, they have one every Saturday and it costs about $15 to rent a table about the size of a computer desk. It’s not that big; however, it’s enough to sell some items.
Now, here’s the cool thing…
At a farmers market, you can sell almost anything, ranging from homemade dips to jerky to vegetables to even jewelry.
And if you really sell something good, people are going to keep coming back each week to find you to purchase even more.
Don’t want to sell?
That’s cool, too, because you may be able to find a vendor at the fair who may need your help.
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