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The Gig Economy - do you side hustle?

Old 01-21-19, 03:02 PM
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The Gig Economy - do you side hustle?

I've been watching a ton of videos on YouTube with folks that get their hustle on by Ubering, Lyfting, DoorDashing, Postmates, etc., to make some extra cash on the side. I do not do this myself but am curious. I may give DoorDash a shot since I know my city really well - it'd be interesting to see how much I can make living in a megapolis like L.A.

Any of you guys do any side hustles like the ones mentioned above?

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Not an actual 2nd job but I've been buying/selling used luxury watches for years to fund my watch buying addiction. Does that count? lol
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I do Lyft and Uber, and I’m about to start teaching chess.
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I've been watching a ton of videos on YouTube with folks that get their hustle on by Ubering, Lyfting, DoorDashing, Postmates, etc., to make some extra cash on the side. I do not do this myself but am curious. I may give DoorDash a shot since I know my city really well - it'd be interesting to see how much I can make living in a megapolis like L.A.

Any of you guys do any side hustles like the ones mentioned above?
You should make a killing.

When I was in LA quite a few years ago, we had ONE cab driver that actually knew where he was going. Every other cab driver claimed they knew, and then had to stop to find directions. We always asked first if they knew where our destination was, and they always said yes. Very frustrating. GPS will help solve that problem, but knowing the city is still valuable.
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Flip concert tickets.
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I freelance for my line of work in TV. I have multiple clients. I primarily work for NFL Network (3 days per week), work 1-2 jobs per month for Pac-12 Network. I've also worked for NBC, ESPN, FOX Sports and occasionally Tennis Channel.

When you do what I do (TV production) and make good impressions, people will ask for you or recommend you.
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I've been watching a ton of videos on YouTube with folks that get their hustle on by Ubering, Lyfting, DoorDashing, Postmates, etc., to make some extra cash on the side. I do not do this myself but am curious. I may give DoorDash a shot since I know my city really well - it'd be interesting to see how much I can make living in a megapolis like L.A.

Any of you guys do any side hustles like the ones mentioned above?

Wait, I thought you were rolling in cash with your Librarian job? $$$$ since you have so much time to watch Netflix. and you had plans to retire soon


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Wait, I thought you were rolling in cash with your Librarian job? $$$$ since you have so much time to watch Netflix. and you had plans to retire soon
This is true but some extra $$$ couldn't hurt. It may cut into my Netflix watching, but who cares.
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First, ask yourself if you actually like driving in LA ...
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First, ask yourself if you actually like driving in LA ...
Ha! No, I don't, but the upside would be that it wouldn't be Uber/Lyft. It'd be DoorDash or Postmates or something like that. You pick up the food and you deliver it to the customer. At least with DoorDash, from what I've seen, you can select the areas that you want to drive in and it will keep you in the specified area delivering goods your entire shift. It's not gonna be like Uber/Lyft, where you'll pick someone up then your next ride can be way the hell across town.
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Thatís good. I did deliverd dish for a while, same concept, and my car always smelled great, but you start to really hate all the other stupid drivers
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Fuck no. I come home and sit down on my big fat ass and the world can go the fuck to hell till I gotta go back to the office.
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Nope. I can make good enough money picking up more per diem work.

I used to though. Back in the day, I stood in line to buy wii's, then flipped them on ebay or craigslist. Some people were pretty pissed about that. I remember handing one off in a parking lot to a guy who berated me, even as he bought the wii. My attitude was that if you want a wii for face value, stand in line overnight like I did. I was a fat, middle aged poor single mom at the time, and STILL managed to buy 22 of them before Christmas. How someone could have so little game that they couldn't get even one was beyond me. Now I'm older and less poor, and if I wanted whatever the new system is, I'd sleep through the night and buy it on ebay. In fact, that's how I bought my little NES Classic last Christmas.
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Back in the day used to buy mostly clothes at thrifts/garage sales and ross/maxx/marshalls etc and then flipped them on Ebay. Can't imagine anyone being able to do that as a side hustle now cause of higher ebay,amazon fee's,brand restrictions etc and the shitload people pickers and retail arbitrage people. You definitely can make money doing that if you treat it like a full time job
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I do a lot of short term/day stock trading - which is great because I can do that on the side during my regular working hours. It helps that I work for an electronic brokerage and thus have access to high end trading software for free.

My wife tutors after school a few times a week - it's nice to get paid in cash for that.

I've put some thought into doing DoorDash. It's a better gig to get into than Uber. But I'm not ready to make that move yet.
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Old 01-22-19, 10:45 AM
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I was thinking of a Real Dolls escort service, but I'd have to hire someone to do the emptying/cleaning.
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Nope. I can make good enough money picking up more per diem work.

I used to though. Back in the day, I stood in line to buy wii's, then flipped them on ebay or craigslist. Some people were pretty pissed about that. I remember handing one off in a parking lot to a guy who berated me, even as he bought the wii. My attitude was that if you want a wii for face value, stand in line overnight like I did. I was a fat, middle aged poor single mom at the time, and STILL managed to buy 22 of them before Christmas. How someone could have so little game that they couldn't get even one was beyond me. Now I'm older and less poor, and if I wanted whatever the new system is, I'd sleep through the night and buy it on ebay. In fact, that's how I bought my little NES Classic last Christmas.
I did this a couple years ago with the NES classic and was berated on this forum for admitting to it. It really was so easy that it was comical though. I never had to sit up through the night. I got up at 6AM, checked Target's inventory online to find out which stores had them, got my kids ready for school and on the bus, then drove to the nearest store to be in line at 8 AM when they opened. I never got there more than a half hour before opening and never failed to get one once I set out, despite stores usually having less than 5 in stock at a time. If you wanted one at face value that badly, you could have done it (or found someone to do it for you). Sure some people who live in more rural areas don't have access to as many Targets within driving distance as I do, and I feel for those people, but I wasn't buying anything from rural Targets where that might have been someone's only option.

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Retail arbitrage is fair game nowadays.
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I do some side work fixing and upgrading computers and resolving software issues. I've considered getting into crafting little game emulators like Neil Henry.
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My friend created a delivery company and asked if I would help out. It services wholesale bakeries and delivers their goods to clients in the wee hours of the morning (coffee houses/cafes). All under the table. My cash take is about the same as my legit take home pay. Not bad for an hour's worth of driving, but the drawback is, it's every damn day.. no time off, no sick days, you're fully committed.
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I want a side gig but I'm On Call so it makes it difficult. Things I've done:

-Banker(counted money) for a sports venue for one sports season. Felt like I was counting drug money for a Cartel when surrounded by all that cash. However, I didn't return for the next season because they tweaked it so we got less hours. Too much hassle to get there on Game Days for the money after that hours/money reduction.

-Medical Courier.. did few deliveries of samples to labs and medication to hospitals. The problem was the REAL MONEY was in long distance deliveries and i couldn't do any of that due to my main job.
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My friend created a delivery company and asked if I would help out. It services wholesale bakeries and delivers their goods to clients in the wee hours of the morning (coffee houses/cafes). All under the table. My cash take is about the same as my legit take home pay. Not bad for an hour's worth of driving, but the drawback is, it's every damn day.. no time off, no sick days, you're fully committed.
Is he hiring? I'm usually up by 4am-5am. Can't seem to sleep past that anymore now that I am older. PM me and I'll take a look.
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I did this a couple years ago with the NES classic and was berated on this forum for admitting to it. It really was so easy that it was comical though. I never had to sit up through the night. I got up at 6AM, checked Target's inventory online to find out which stores had them, got my kids ready for school and on the bus, then drove to the nearest store to be in line at 8 AM when they opened. I never got there more than a half hour before opening and never failed to get one once I set out, despite stores usually having less than 5 in stock at a time. If you wanted one at face value that badly, you could have done it (or found someone to do it for you). Sure some people who live in more rural areas don't have access to as many Targets within driving distance as I do, and I feel for those people, but I wasn't buying anything from rural Targets where that might have been someone's only option.
Maybe I bought mine from you, lol. I don't have a problem with it---I mean, I was pretty happy to just buy one on ebay and not have to shop around.
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I'm doing doordashing right now as it shows that I'm working as I'm still looking for a full time job. I've been doing it since middle of October and I'm closing in on 500 orders. I work during the lunch hours (11:00am-2pm) and sometimes the dinner hours(4:30-8:30pm) mostly in the suburbs of Kansas City. I like getting to see the many different restaurants around town, and have actually met some really cool people of all different backgrounds. I try to make between $300-$400 a week, it pays the bills and has helped me with getting back some stability. The downside-I have been to some pretty shade places in the worst parts of town, its a 1099 position, and I worry about putting miles on my car. Message me if you have any questions.
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