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General Career Advice
Member Name: SusanLesley
General Career Advice
Date: 16/08/01, updated on 16/08/01 (400 review reads)
Advantages: Do it when you like, Variety, Sense of satisfaction
Disadvantages: Can be at the computer longer than you intended!
I have been thinking about writing an opinion on employment and considered my career as a Local Government Accountant with Walsall MBC. Whilst I enjoyed my work with Walsall, which in total spanned just short of thirty years, I have been happier since I left in January this year and have decided to tell you about what I like to call my new career being self employed.
My idea was that I would try and work from home as much as possible to supplement the general household budget.
When I left Walsall I was given three months pay in Lieu of notice together with almost another months worth of accrued holiday pay. I put this into a savings account with Egg and I use it on a month by month basis to ‘top up’ my finances. Although it was only effectively four months pay, I worked out that I could make it last nearer to twelve months!
So what am I doing to earn some extra cash? I’m glad you asked me that – I’ll tell you.
Firstly I took on a paper round. I had left work due to continued ill health in the form of stress and depression and I read that regular exercise might well help. I decided to do a paper round delivering one of the local free sheets. They pay me 2p per paper delivered and my round consists of 206 houses. I also get extra for any leaflets that I deliver at the same time.
The papers and leaflets arrive on Thursday evening and I prepare them for delivery by inserting the leaflets in the papers and then loading them into the trolley supplied by the newspaper group. Dave then gives me a lift to the start of the round on his way to work on Friday morning and it takes me about an hour and a half to deliver them all.
The lowest I ever earned for a week was £5.72 and the highest was £15.80, but it is usually around the £9 mark.
As you obviously know I also work on the Internet. I have been a member of both Ciao and Dooyoo for round about 9 months now and have enjoyed the work
that I have put into both sites. I have also made a lot of friends and this has been a lifeline to me. I have been used to working in an office for 30 years and suddenly there I was on my own all day at home. I don’t have a problem with being alone and rarely get bored but I did begin to miss the interaction with other people. I have now found this at Ciao and Dooyoo together with a bit of extra cash. I have so far earned £150 in cash and £50 worth of High Street vouchers from Dooyoo and £186 from Ciao.
I also do other work on the Internet. I work for a site called Visitor Friendly here I am a ‘mystery customer’ testing out websites. I have earned £41.75 so far and have another £21 ready to be paid to me at the end of this month.
I was also one of the very few people who worked hard and fast for Asrecby and actually got paid my £30. I now I was very lucky to receive this but it was a welcome addition to my finances.
I complete all the questionnaires on YouGov and have £40 in my account at present. I only need another £10 for my first payout! It’s taken me about 8 months to get this far – but it’s free so why not?
I am also a member of Mailround who pay to stamp my incoming and outgoing mail. I receive an amount varying from £4 to £8 each month and I can either exchange this for Tesco vouchers or wait until I have £50 and get a cheque.
I do a set of competitions each morning including Tombola and Bananalotto and I have won £30 on Tombola and £1 on Bananalotto so far!
If you need more information on the websites that I have mentioned here I have done individual opinions on each one.
Some friends of ours run the Gay and Lesbian Helpline in Ipswich and asked me if I would be prepared to do their end of year accounts for them, for which they would pay me £200. I was a bit out of practice at doing basic income and expenditure accounts and balance sheets but it soon came back
to me and I quite enjoyed it. The accounts were praised at the AGM and I earned myself £200.
When I left work I wrote to our local Electoral Registration Office and asked if they would put me on the register of people willing to work in the polling stations on Election Day. I worked as a poll clerk and then as a counting assistant on the general election earlier this year. It was a long day starting at 6.30 at the polling station and ending at about 1.30 the following morning when we had completed the count and the winner had been declared. For that I got £110.
I saw adverts on the TV asking for people to work on the census earlier this year so I put my name down fort hat too. I had a formal interview and I was accepted as an enumerator. This meant that I had to deliver the forms, preferably handing them to a member of the household. I then had to return to the houses where there had been no form returned to try and get the form from them. This earned me £450.69.
I run a catalogue which pays me 10% commission in cash, but there’s only Dave and me have anything out of it, apart from the occasional item for mom, so this isn’t particularly lucrative, but every little helps!
I do knit baby clothes and make shawls with daisies made from wool. I have sold a few of these and have visited three craft fairs so far, but it is taking a while to get myself known.
There is a jobs fair at our local Town Hall on 1st September to recruit staff for the Christmas period, so I may well go along to this and see if there’s anything that suits me.
I keep a spreadsheet on my PC showing all the amount earned, on what date I received the money and the period covered by the money, just in case I earn enough to warrant my filling in a tax return at the end of the tax year.
So you see I am not earning a fortune and I couldn’t survive on these earnings alone, but at least I’m not sitting doing nothing
and it does give my confidence and self respect a much needed boost too.
If any of you have any more good ideas for me, please feel free to let me know – I’m always on the look out for more opportunities to make some cash!
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