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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Moonlighting for Extra Cash or a Full Time Income

Poor Man Survival

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ISSN 2161-5543

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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain

Moonlighting for Cash-Or Full Time Income

Gallup surveys have found that a majority of Americans aren’t “engaged” with their jobs, as defined as “those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.” Almost 18% of employees are in fact “actively disengaged” from their jobs.

Most of the jobs I held during my formative years were boring and tedious and usually run by idiots. The one exception was the newspaper industry. Most of superiors weren't too bright but my co-workers were hard working and enjoyable and we spent many a Friday night exchanging war stories at the local 'Deep Six' pub.

I had written a short book showing my newspaper advertisers how to knock the socks off their competitors in terms of what became known as 'mercenary marketing' methods and at my own expense printed up 100s of copies and gave them away. My personal sales increased as did my reputation. The local chamber asked me to conduct a workshop showing retailers how to use these strategies and one of staff writers wrote a story about its success.

The honchos at who ran our chain of papers didn't find favor with this and threatened to fire me despite having the best sales record among their staff. I beat them to the punch and quit.

To make a long story short, my little marketing manual continually evolved and expanded to become a 350-page manual which was updated annually. I added a newsletter and a software program and went on a speaking and seminar program and became a marketing lecturer at a local university and a syndicated small business columnist and eventually owned several business journals in Ohio.

What started as a sideline or moonlighting venture became a full time, profitable venture in pre-internet days. Given the volatile nature of today's job market I've long suggested that folks should develop side gigs or moonlighting ventures to earn extra cash. With the advent of social media and the internet there are now many more ways to promote a sideline gig and there a variety of inexpensive [under $20] direct sales opportunities such as:, or – a few that I ran across recently.

Even though you might be tempted to, you don’t necessarily need to quit your day job as soon as you get an idea for a side business. In fact, in can be beneficial to take things slow and build up your biz step-by-step, before making the leap.

More Resources...

Try Micro-Jobbing-You can find opportunities at:
Rent Yourself - If you enjoy grandkids at:

Answer Phones-Many firms hire at-home customers service reps: or join

Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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1 comment:

Danielle said...

We're always looking for ways to supplement our income - thanks!