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Earn Extra Cash In Your Spare Time With These Five Unusual Jobs

Published: Monday 20th January 2020

Not everyone has the time, or lifestyle that’s suited to a nine-to-five job. Even part-time jobs with regular hours can be difficult to hold down when you’re juggling commitments such as study or a family. So if you’re looking to earn some extra cash, then casual employment is the most obvious way to do it. Fortunately, we know this at Zoek. So Zoek jobs aren’t just all run-of-the-mill vacancies. Here are five unusual jobs to make money on the side of part-time jobs or if a Saturday gig doesn’t fit in with your schedule.  

Private Tutoring 

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Students, especially those studying to be teachers, should be able to find some casual hours tutoring kids looking for extra lessons in subjects such as English or MathsAlternatively, if you have a specific talent, skills or play a musical instrument, why not advertise on a local noticeboard? Private tutors can earn as much as £42 an hour. In the world of music, a guitar teacher can earn £20 per hourAnd, today, video-calling apps means you can spread your talent over the Internet, reducing costs and organising your time better. You might even learn some useful business skills for a new job search or career as an entrepreneur. 

Background performer 

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Background performer is definitely classed as one of the unusual jobs that can bring some extra cash your way. Sign up with an extras agency and you could find yourself working on a TV or movie set. Just be aware that you might be called at very short notice. Working as a background extra, the hours can be very long starting early in the morning, sometimes outdoors in poor weather conditions and the wages aren’t great. Expect minimum wage for most rolesBut remember, some of the world’s most famous actors, such as Sylvester Stallone and Brad Pitt, started out as background extras. 

Clinical Trials 

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Payment for taking part in clinical trials can range from hundreds to thousands of pounds, but they are trials, so there is some risk involved. You’ll also have to meet certain health criteria to be accepted. Many clinical trials involve staying in a medical facility for an extended period of time, or regular visits for follow-up treatments and screenings, so they aren’t suitable for everyone 

Life modelling 

If you’re not afraid of getting naked in front of people, then modelling for an art class is one way of topping up your income from time to time. A standard class should net you around £30. However, it’s hard physical work – you may have to stand still for up to 45 minutes at a time.  

Mystery shopper 

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Mystery shoppers get paid to shop and report back on products and services. Essentially, it’s a way for companies to make sure their customers are getting products and services that best meet their needs. As well as earning cash in your spare time, you might even be able to cadge a few freebies along the way. However, it’s not usually as simple as shopping, trying out a product, or enjoying a free meal. You will probably have to spend time writing a review, completing a form, or even attending a focus group/follow up interview. 

The good news is, you’ll find all these unusual jobs and much more with a job search on Zoek 

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