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3 Ways to Make Extra Money Doing Odd Jobs

From transporting dogs to driving carpool and doing chores for others, these women have found unique ways to earn cash. Learn their secrets so you can too!

“I make up to $3,000 a month transporting pets!”

“I had been out of work due to health problems, and around the same time that I was ready to go back, my father was getting ready to retire as a truck driver. As I was doing research to help him find ways he could make extra money, I discovered CitizenShipper (, a company that hires people to pick up and deliver items and transport pets.

“It looked like a great opportunity, so I applied too. I filled out an online profile and they ran a background check. Since I have a
cargo van, I paid for cargo insurance, but you can use any vehicle. I also took a course and became a certified animal rescue transporter through the Animal Rescue Professionals Association.

“When someone books my services, I contact them to work out the details. I get paid per mile. The pay varies, but I’ve made up to $3,000 a month after gas, tolls and oil changes. I’ve delivered all kinds of things, from pinball machines to animals (including dogs, cats, turtles, guinea pigs, and goats) and horse trailers. I always ask the client to supply their vet paperwork, food, a crate
and toys, and I spend a few minutes with the pet so they feel comfortable.

“I love that I make my own schedule, and on some trips, I get to visit family and friends. Since starting, I’ve traveled 66,000 miles to places like Florida and Arizona! The money I make pays the bills, for concerts, trips, and gifts for my six grandchildren!”

—Lisa Juszkiewicz, 48, Searsport, ME

“I bring in $600 a week driving kids around town!”

“I’m a teacher, but when I took a sabbatical, I was in search of a
way to supplement my income. I thought about doing a ride-share service but was concerned about my safety. So when I heard about Kango (, a ride and carpool service for kids, I knew it would be an easy — and safe — way to make money.

“Once I applied, I had an in-person interview, then Kango ran background, fingerprint, criminal background and reference checks. I gave them a copy of my car insurance and proof that my car was under 10 years old and that I had experience working
with kids within the last two years. They gave me booster seats and taught me how to use the app.

“When I do a job, parents can track me, but I always let them know when I’m on my way, when I’ve arrived, and when I’ve dropped off their children. I drive kids to school, after-school programs and home. When I pick up them up from school I have to show my ID, and when I pick up them up from other programs or if their parents aren’t there, they have to give me their code
word. Older kids who have their own phones check the app so they know my car and license plate and can confirm the pickup. The older kids are usually quiet, but the younger ones like to talk
to me about what they did in school.

“I love this work because it’s flexible, I get to help out parents and it’s a safe, fun way to make extra money. I earn $600 a week (I work five hours a day, five days a week) — money that pays the
bills and will be used for vacation when I return to teaching!”

“I earn $45,000 a year doing tasks for others!”

-Rowena Tong, 51, San Francisco

“I earn $45,000 a year doing tasks for others!”

“I worked in the media industry for 15 years, but two years ago, when my company was bought and they closed my office, I needed to find work. I saw an ad on the subway for TaskRabbit (, a company that hires people to do odd jobs,
and I decided to sign up.

“Getting started couldn’t have been easier. When I applied, TaskRabbit ran a background check and asked me to describe what types of tasks I would choose to do and why. When I was a
child, I helped my mom in our garden, and I enjoy trimming trees and planting flowers, so I decided to offer these types of services along with others like cleaning, organizing, and catering. I attended training where I learned how to use the TaskRabbit
app, take a professional headshot and land gigs. After my first week, I received a ton of positive feedback and loved the work and flexibility so much that it became my full-time job.

“Now I work six days a week and do two tasks a day. I get hired by people to stand in line for tickets, help prepare food for their kids’ birthday parties and organize their homes. This time of year, I also do work in their yard — everything from planting flowers to
watering plants. One client hired me to clean up a yard that hadn’t been tended to in years. I loved making it beautiful!

“It’s refreshing to learn new tasks and meet new people; every day is different. I make $45,000 a year, which pays the bills and for tickets to events, Broadway shows and the opera.”

– Seri Westerbeck, 47, Brooklyn, NY

This article originally appeared in our print magazine.

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