Great Ways to Supplement Your Income

It is always nice to make extra money, and many people do that nowadays with Uber or Airbnb.

But, if chauffeuring in crazy traffic or sharing your home with strangers is not your style, there are many other ways to supplement your income. Here are my favourite four:

Photographer Tour Guide

There are tour guides, and then there are photographers. Imagine how wonderful it would be if there’s someone to take you around the city, show you locals’ favourite hangouts and hidden gems, and all the while taking professional photos of you that you can keep afterwards? That is a thousand times better than walking around alone with a selfie stick!

So, if you have some knowledge of your city, and are interested in photography, this could be a very fun way to make some extra money. I suggest charging $100 for two hours to start, and providing a CD of all the photos (unedited) to your client.

Most studios take hundreds of photos but then give their clients only ten, hoping to charge an exorbitant rate for each additional one. That’s a horrible model. It is unlikely clients would buy more anyways and it doesn’t cost you anything to just give them the entire CD. It builds goodwill and leads to more referrals.

A website showing your portfolio is easy to set up, and I can help.

Translation Services

We are blessed that we live in such a diverse city. That means lots of different languages. If you know another language, you can consider translating. Translators charge $0.10-$0.20 per word. And if you are fluent in an uncommon language, such as Burmese, Hawaiian or Finnish, you can earn up to $0.25 per word.

One single-spaced page is about 500 words, so it really adds up!  You can advertise on Craigslist or, if you want to be more legitimate, set up a simple website. I can help.

Dog Walking

While it is true that there are many dog walking services out there, it is also true that there are many dogs out there, too!

Not many people would subscribe to a scheduled, full time dog walking service. But, once in a while, they might feel lazy, or go on vacation, and would need someone they trust to take care of their four-legged best friend.

If you live in a condo, there is a great opportunity to walk your neighbours’ dogs. Bring your “dog walker” business cards with you always. And whenever you see a dog owner in the elevator or hallways, just hand them one. One of these days the owner would call you up, and if you happen to be available, that’s easy money! And since you live in the same building, there is some trust already. You can charge about $15 for a walk.

Tickets resale

It is shocking to me that scalping is legal in Canada. And, while it still is, you might as well make some money from it. While it’s true that most tickets are snatched up by bots immediately, there are still some available for actual humans to buy. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, pay attention to when tickets come on sale, and get on Ticket Master and buy as many as you can!

Toronto fans are an affluent and loyal bunch. Almost every concert or game gets sold out here, at a huge premium. It is almost cheaper to fly to New York City to see Justin Bieber than it is to see him at the ACC.

So, if you are able to purchase tickets before anybody else, chances are you can make a lot of money reselling tickets.

This one I can’t help with, but I do wish you luck, and happy scalping!

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