All About Odd Jobs!
An odd job is basically any gig that you can get paid for yet you are not going to be doing it long term. The idea here that you are filling a temporary need. An odd job can sometimes be considered contract work. Other times, it’s just a job or chore you do once for someone. Odd jobs often can be hard but if you’re not doing anything else, they’re worth converting time you’re not doing anything with into money. Odd jobs are all over if you have some basic skills and know how!
There are many ways once can go about finding odd jobs. But the easiest and safest way to find one is to just ask! On your social media pages, you can simply reach out to your friends and family and see if there’s anything that they need done. I’ve found my most rewarding odd jobs are those that come from friends, we often get to work together, or it may be something you’re doing for them, so that they get to enjoy the results! And who doesn’t like to help their friends?
Facebook has recently implemented it’s use of Marketplace where you can post services offered under different criteria. Recently, I posted about some mobile mechanic work, and within the hour, I had at least 6 replies. I actually had to turn off my FB Messenger Notifications so that I could sleep! Be it baby sitting, lawn care, cleaning, or anything else, consider posting online. CraigsList is another great resource as well was NextDoor.com, ShiftGig.com, local Subreddits, and even local FB Groups!
While on the road, another way to find odd jobs is to just ask. By that I mean, asking an establishment (politely) if there’s anything that they could us assistance with! Often times you’re going to want to talk to the manager or someone who can make decisions. I often hear stories from friends who were backpacking where they were able to work and live in a hostel for free or at a discounted rate for helping out and working there for a period of time. Sometimes they’re able to find a restaurant nearby and do dishes or clean up, just basic things. There’s a handful of sites that work on the volunteering concept in exchange for free room and board such as HelpX, WorkAway, WWOOF, Servas, and many others! Google your local area to see if there’s anything specific to you!
Odd jobs I’ve done over the years;
As you can see, I’ve listed many odd jobs I’ve done. However, there are also many more I’ve not listed as it’s a very, very, long list! That being said, consider some skills you have or some things you know how to do, determine how much your time is worth, then go find some odd jobs.
Whelp, that’s about all I can think of. Odd jobs are an easy way to make a living or a few extra bucks! Be sure to check out www.Facebook.com/BobbyTaylorAdventures to keep up with blog posts, pictures, and what I’m up to! If you want to check out some pictures, head on over to www.instagram.com/BobbyTaylorAdventures There’s a few shots of some odd jobs on there as well as the Facebook. And as always, if you have any questions, please comment below or reach out to me! I’d be happy to answer any questions!
Happy Thanks Giving!! So I haven’t made an update in awhile, and that is because I have been very busy with odd jobs while back in Ohio and also planning my next trip to Iceland!
That’s right, I’ll be heading to Iceland in December; freezing temperatures most of the time, six hours of daylight a day, nine days in total, and a rental car to road trip around pretty much the only road on the island. I plan to spend some time in hotels and in the mainland, but mostly I’ll be staying in hostels while adventuring around to the different national parks they have there! I am looking forward to experiencing the Northern Lights, the landscape, the culture, and the cuisine!
All my clothes are super warm and I feel like I’m going to be fully prepared to take on this adventure! So far I have bought a lot of cold weather gear, you can check out what I’ve bought so far below;
Some interesting things I’ve learned so far, Iceland is actually just smaller than Ohio in terms of square footage. There are also only about 300,000 residents that live on the island, which is about the same amount of people who live in Cincinnati. Of those 300,000, two thirds (200,000) live in or near the capital leaving only 100,000 people spread across the rest of Iceland’s country side. Also, I found out that the M1 road (the main road around the island) is only 820 some odd miles around; so at 65mph, you could drive around the entire island in about 12.5 hours. I previously wasn’t aware how small of an island Iceland really is, but I’m confident that my 9 day adventure is going to be more than enough time to really get a feel for being there.
While doing research, I also found you can rent a camper van, so there’s a good chance I’ll be going back sooner than later! It costs roughly the same to rent just the van as it does to rent a car and spend 7 days in Iceland at hotels or hostels (depending how much of a budget traveler you're trying to be).
Outside of planning my trip and buying things I need to, I’ve been doing odd jobs. Mostly day laboring for a friend who is remodeling floors, doing tear out, laying the floors, or even just sanding and refinishing. It’s been good money and it’s been hard work. But I appreciate it as it’s helped me to get back in shape, I get to spend the day with my friends, and really the only terribly difficult days are the days we do a lot of tear out or demolition. Here shortly I will be making a new post about how to find odd jobs and work them. I do a lot of different odd jobs all the time, from Uber’ing, to laboring, to consulting and even setting up websites. If you’d like to see some of the flooring work I’ve been doing, check out the pictures below!
In fact, speaking about odd jobs, I recently help a friend make her art business completely official! Be sure to check out Instagram.com/JenniferBlixArt or Facebook.com/JenniferBlixArt Her site should be live Friday next week! Below is a shot of Blix filling out the proper forms to get her business all legal.
And lastly, I got new business cards! Check em out!!
So that's about it! Lots of working, planning, getting things done, and here in just a few short days I'll be heading down to Atlanta to take the first steps for my trip to Iceland! It's been really good working hard, making plans, and I'm really starting to see things pay off. Like I said before, keep an eye out on the site as I'll be making a few new posts soon, one about how to find and get odd jobs, and another about how to actually plan trips. Then I've also come up with a few different projects that I hope to get working on soon! So lots of content to come :) And I hope you all have a very wonderful Thanksgiving! <3
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