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Does anyone have a second job?

I work full time, make decent money and good hours. Really thepretender04/27/18
Don't waste your time being a part-time real estate agent, t caj11104/27/18
You're leaving out the most important parts, it's mindless w thirdtierlaw04/27/18
Think hard before you do this. What if a client happens to b tdkerabatsos04/27/18
No one stares too long at the help. isthisit04/28/18
what if they are attractive supercalifragilisti05/04/18
Given that I was a government lawyer, it never happened. As caj11104/30/18
second jobs never make you more money. you need to find a whiteguyinchina04/27/18
OP, sounds like you have a good thing going. Is more money w tcpaul04/27/18
You can take up hobbies and enjoy your life instead. trollfeeder04/27/18
Yes, I'm the sole heir of my family's accumulated wealth. isthisit04/27/18
Invest in a productive hobby. Most hobbies can create income pisces21304/27/18
I have a few side hustles. 1) Cryptocurrency mining, stak hous04/29/18
I buy and sell stuff on eBay. I mainly do sports trading car barneystinson04/30/18
One of the attorneys at my firm got a weekend job at Lowe's. fettywap04/30/18
LSAT, bar and law school tutoring. I pull in about an extra loser1204/30/18
You can't be serious. professionalloser05/01/18
an extra 100k a year from part time tutoring? Please elabora drwayoflife05/01/18
b.s. porochi05/01/18
I’ve thought about trying to do people’s taxes as a side perkinwarbeck04/30/18
I would use turbotax. It costs about $50, but Taxes take li nycatt05/03/18
I was just looking at that actually. The intuit product look perkinwarbeck05/04/18
Almost forgot. I don't know if BarBri still does this and t caj11104/30/18
I remember it taking forever to get paid. I did teaching for loser1205/01/18
Yeah, they were kind of slow to pay and it gave me a little caj11105/01/18
Look into something that you can do at night and weekends. L dandydan05/01/18
I work as a lawyer who litigates more cases in my spare time schopenhauerx9905/01/18
Teach a night class at your local community or directional s flyer1405/01/18
One of my T2 law school classmates got an adjunct gig at a l flharfh05/01/18

thepretender (Apr 27, 2018 - 1:16 am)

I work full time, make decent money and good hours. Really can't complain whatsoever. But I'm never going to be rich and I find myself having extra time at home. Thinking of getting my real estate license or something along those lines. Anyone here have a second job that makes decent side money?

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caj111 (Apr 27, 2018 - 11:50 am)

Don't waste your time being a part-time real estate agent, that will only cost you money. If you want extra money but still want some freedom, find a banquet service that lets you work for them when you want to - they need to staff events, you tell them which ones you will work and which ones you won't and they pay you for when you work, and don't penalize you for rejecting a particular shift. There are banquet companies like that in most large cities and they are busiest in the summer. Your only real costs will be a tuxedo shirt and pants, maybe a corkscrew too. You can buy the pants used at a tuxedo shop and pay a little bit to have them altered. I did this type of work a couple of summers when I was paying off credit cards and generally loved it - worked when I wanted to, didn't work when I didn't want to, had a lot of fun with it, met some nice people and ate a lot of delicious leftover food too.

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thirdtierlaw (Apr 27, 2018 - 12:37 pm)

You're leaving out the most important parts, it's mindless work and you can make a decent bit of money doing it.

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tdkerabatsos (Apr 27, 2018 - 2:09 pm)

Think hard before you do this. What if a client happens to be a guest at a banquet where you’re working? Or an opposing counsel, or god forbid a judge? I’d be mortified.

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isthisit (Apr 28, 2018 - 7:13 am)

No one stares too long at the help.

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supercalifragilisti (May 4, 2018 - 8:29 am)

what if they are attractive

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caj111 (Apr 30, 2018 - 7:16 pm)

Given that I was a government lawyer, it never happened. As for seeing a judge at such an event, well, you'd think they'd have an open mind about it, right? We all have our bills and some of us have to work extra jobs to pay them.

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whiteguyinchina (Apr 27, 2018 - 8:41 am)

second jobs never make you more money.

you need to find a job that makes you money in the first place.

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tcpaul (Apr 27, 2018 - 9:52 am)

OP, sounds like you have a good thing going. Is more money worth less freedom and work-life balance? Maybe it is.

I often think about getting a side hustle but then I think about all the ways I waste money. Sometimes the better play is to cut costs rather than try to earn more.

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trollfeeder (Apr 27, 2018 - 9:53 am)

You can take up hobbies and enjoy your life instead.

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isthisit (Apr 27, 2018 - 10:10 am)

Yes, I'm the sole heir of my family's accumulated wealth.

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pisces213 (Apr 27, 2018 - 12:05 pm)

Invest in a productive hobby. Most hobbies can create income if you enjoy it enough to care and improve. In my case, I made money in photography doing weddings (not as the main photographer but as a backup - although not in the us) after pursuing it as a hobby for a few years. It is easier to do so in a hobby that requires some investment as it acts as a barrier to entry, but doable in many other areas especially in the age of social media where your skills can be advertised easily. Obviously there is no guarantee but at the very least you will spend time doing stuff you would do without getting paid.

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hous (Apr 29, 2018 - 11:56 pm)

I have a few side hustles.

1) Cryptocurrency mining, staking and bounties.

2) Mystery shopping - I just do this for fun. I only shop restaurants because I just want free food. The tiny bit it pays on top is just a bonus.

3) credit card churning - Sign up for credit cards with big sign-up bonuses. Use the points and cancel before the second year. Impacts credit but nominally and if your credit is high anyways it doesn't matter.

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barneystinson (Apr 30, 2018 - 12:48 pm)

I buy and sell stuff on eBay. I mainly do sports trading cards - do it mainly as a hobby but I profit about $5k a year. There's lots of blogs about people that go to yard sales/estate sales to buy/sell on eBay and make quite a bit more.

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fettywap (Apr 30, 2018 - 1:09 pm)

One of the attorneys at my firm got a weekend job at Lowe's. :/

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loser12 (Apr 30, 2018 - 3:45 pm)

LSAT, bar and law school tutoring. I pull in about an extra 100k a year, but am looking to cut it to 50 to have more of a life.

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professionalloser (May 1, 2018 - 4:38 pm)

You can't be serious.

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drwayoflife (May 1, 2018 - 6:46 pm)

an extra 100k a year from part time tutoring? Please elaborate

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porochi (May 1, 2018 - 10:19 pm)

b.s.

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perkinwarbeck (Apr 30, 2018 - 5:35 pm)

I’ve thought about trying to do people’s taxes as a side hustle. I took a free class offered by hr block last fall. I could do people whose taxes aren’t that complex for a couple hundred a pop. If I could find some software to just automate it slightly (like freefillableforms does) it would be a load of help as well.

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nycatt (May 3, 2018 - 4:05 pm)

I would use turbotax. It costs about $50, but Taxes take like 30 minutes on it (and the second year take like 5 minutes). Worth the cost if you can do more taxes.

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perkinwarbeck (May 4, 2018 - 10:35 am)

I was just looking at that actually. The intuit product looks like it could be what I need. They kind of scam you on the state pricing though. I live in the DC area, so I would want at least DC and one state I think.

I would prefer a setup where someone comes and drops off their paperwork then returns later to sign and submit. I don't really like the idea of doing the taxes while they sit there staring at me, even though that would probably be more efficient for simple returns. I also don't have an office where I could meet clients, ho hum.

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caj111 (Apr 30, 2018 - 7:12 pm)

Almost forgot. I don't know if BarBri still does this and the pay isn't particularly great but it's an easy gig and you can do it anywhere - grading practice essays for their bar review course. They send you a pile of essays by FedEx, along with a sample "model essay" and a return FedEx envelope, and you grade them according to their guidelines, send them back via FedEx and they pay you something like $5/essay. Maybe it's more by now, if they still have this work available. I'll tell you one thing, it didn't give me a particularly favorable view of BarBri (a topic for another day) but it was some easy money. Call the appropriate BarBri office for whatever bar you passed and ask.

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loser12 (May 1, 2018 - 11:59 am)

I remember it taking forever to get paid. I did teaching for $75/hour, but with prep (you need to grade essays), it's barely $40/hour and they undercut you on hours but disclose the hours you bill for to the IRS (quasi-fraud) on your tax statement. You ultimately have to call them to get the amount owed. A lot of people seem to struggle to get paid, and they only have 5-6 people running the whole operation. There's also no support at all. You have no training, and if you have a question about how to teach a certain topic, they'll either ignore you or say "just make something up". Once they have a student's money, they really don't give a hoot.

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caj111 (May 1, 2018 - 1:10 pm)

Yeah, they were kind of slow to pay and it gave me a little insight as to what a slipshod operation that BarBri is. I suppose many people manage to pass using them, but it pays to research the options you might have as far as bar review companies for the state your taking it. Some states BarBri is the only choice but in others like California and New York there is quite a selection. MicroMash might be the second biggest, operating in most states but I haven't heard great things about them either.

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dandydan (May 1, 2018 - 1:00 pm)

Look into something that you can do at night and weekends. Learn massage therapy. Data processor. Graphic artist. Coffee maker. Uber driver. Lyft driver. Valet technician. Flipping burgers. The list goes on.

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schopenhauerx99 (May 1, 2018 - 1:16 pm)

I work as a lawyer who litigates more cases in my spare time.

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flyer14 (May 1, 2018 - 1:29 pm)

Teach a night class at your local community or directional state college. Your million dollar JD will qualify you to teach most college level criminal justice, prelaw, and paralegal programs. Possibly political science or business law as well.

Bonus points if it makes you eligible for state teacher’s retirement after five years. Additional bonus points if you teach a night class at the local T3 law school which will pay more than the community college.

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flharfh (May 1, 2018 - 3:22 pm)

One of my T2 law school classmates got an adjunct gig at a local for-profit college immediately after he graduated to get some income while he was hunting for an attorney job. Zero practice experience and they still hired him. If you actually have experience I'd think you could get hired as an adjunct at a community college or lower tier 4 year program. Limited hours, nights and weekends but I doubt it pays much.

In my experience, law school adjunct prof jobs are filled mostly by boomer partners who do it so they can put "professor of (practice area) at local law school" on their websites to impress potential clients. I also had one or two former big/midlaw associates who dropped out when they had kids but wanted to work a few hours a week.

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