Top Ten Jobs to Help Your Community

Top Ten Jobs to Help Your Community


Do you have some spare time around the house, and are you looking for some easy ways to make some extra income? All you need is a specific set of skills. Most people (probably including you) don’t know about the hidden skills that they have just waiting to be put to good use. Skills such as Responsibility, Leadership, Cooperativeness, Determination and Technical Skills. These traits are crucial for developing the foundation of a healthy, hard worker. Here is a top ten list of jobs that really ANYONE would be able to do, as long as they have the working hands and legs that can move.


1. Pet Sitter: This odd job is for all you animal lovers (or even for those who like watching videos of cats), why not make money by taking care of them? Its summer, which means that loads of families go on vacations and can’t bring their pets with them. Build up your skills of responsibility by feeding, walking, and poop scooping for real cash!

Skills: Responsible Organized, Empathetic, Attentive

2. Personal Librarian: Hey nerds, how cool would this be? If you love books, then this would be a pretty fun summer task. You would have the power to pick out books for your employer (but then later hop on your bike and deliver it to them). Its kind of like being a personal shopper, but instead of clothes – it’s books!

Skills: Responsible, Leadership, Creative, Decisive

3. Handyman: If you think you can handle (no pun intended) simple home repairs like broken hinges or a loose pipe, then you better start posting your services within the sharing economy. After all, installing a few light fixtures for some extra cash can’t be that hard.

Skills: Organized, Determined, Cooperative, Technical skills

4. Party Planner: Okay, this has to sound like the one of the funnest odd jobs ever. The themes are endless ie. pirate themes, clown themes, princess themes, murder mystery themes, summer barbeque themes, lady gaga themes etc…. Pretty much it means that you would be paid for your own natural creativity. Baby you were born this way, so flaunt it!

Skills: Responsible, Leadership, Creative, Cooperative

5. Errand Runner: It says it all in its name. You would pretty much be at the beck and call of your employer, but here’s an idea, instead of wasting money on gas driving around, picking up, and delivering items, why not use your bike? Or you could even put the “run” into runner, and jog to each location with a good backpack on your back.

Skills: Responsible, Organized, Attentive, Time Management

6. Mover: Its great weather for people to move into new homes (as long as they avoid the scattered rain clouds), but that also means that they will need lots of extra help to pack boxes and load them into trucks. This is where you come in, contact the local sharing economy so that people can ask you for your biceps.

Skills: Leadership, Organized, Endurance, Responsible

7. Camping and Hiking Guide: Love the outdoors? Well, if you know the layout of the local trails and parks well, why not get paid for something that you enjoy doing in your free time? Get paid to make packing lists, help people set up tents, walk people through parks etc.

Skills: Leadership, Endurance, Responsible, Cooperative

8. Personal Chef: If you know how to barbecue some chicken, then you can probably be a chef too! There are people who are too busy to cook for their families or host dinner parties, but if you can cook some decent meals for yourself, then other people would be happy to hire you to cook for them too.

Skills: Leadership, Cooperative, Determined, Technical Skills

9. Deck Fixer:  Are you good with a hammer and a power drill? Grab your tools and offer your services before employers hire someone else!

Skills: Technical skills, Cooperative, Responsible, Determined

10. Landscaper: Grass is in full growth now, and this rain is making those green blades spread like wildflower. Speaking of which, if you’re good at controlling wildflower, mowing grass, or making stone pathways, then this is definitely the top summer odd job for you!

Skills: Technical skills, Organized, Leadership, Responsible

Most of these jobs are great at building the foundation of your resume, along with essential social skills. But stop thinking about yourself for a moment – and think about your community. Making connections within your community is not only an important networking opportunity, but an important generator of neighborhood connectivity and general well-being. Why not offer these skills (that you probably already have, and that continue to grow), to people in your neighborhood that are in need of your help? Becoming a leader also means becoming a role-model within your community.

Traits that are important in a good leader include Generosity, Faith, Humility, Patience, Respect, and Positivity, and can be developed through taking up odd jobs (like the ones listed above) around your neighborhood. Though these specific traits do not usually come written on your resumes, they do come across in-person.

You can enhance your ability to be a leader by helping the elderly lady who lives a few doors down and hasn’t been able to prune her rose bed for a few months – just an example of an odd job for a good cause. By doing so, you just enhanced so many of your hidden skills, and your community (and potential employers) will definitely notice a difference in your persona.
It may be a bit difficult to set out on your helpful adventure within your neighborhood, but that’s where NearJobs inc. comes in. An app that allows communities to help communities, and individually – you can be your own boss.

Written by Brenna Llewellyn.


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