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Ronak

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1) I needed a part replaced for my beater car. Auto shops wanted anywhere from $250 to $500. I had a certified mechanic do it for $40 and $20 in parts. Bonus: He came to me and worked in my driveway, saving me hours of waiting and drop off/pick up time.

2) on multiple occasions I needed something moved locally. Cheapest DIY truck rental would've been around $50, not to mention hauling the stuff up and down stairs and into/off the truck. I paid $25 without lifting a finger.

3) furniture store wanted $80 for delivery of a mattress, to be delivered a few days later, on their schedule while I waited at home. I paid half that and had it delivered the same night, exactly when I wanted it.


My secret?

Craigslist, specifically gig posts. These cost $5, but everytime I've used it, I get text messages from many qualified people ready and willing to do the work at my quoted rates and terms. Plus, I ow have a rolodex to draw from for future work.

In business, I've been on both ends of the deal, like paying almost $2000 for a few hours worth of work, to finding others to do it for less than half, all depending on urgency.

Any enterprising individual can start a gig related service and be a middleman for folks, whether biz or consumer related.
 

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Craigslist, specifically gig posts. These cost $5, but everytime I've used it, I get text messages from many qualified people ready and willing to do the work at my quoted rates and terms. Plus, I ow have a rolodex to draw from for future work.
Have you used TaskRabbit? Would you say CL still serves you better?
 

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Have you used TaskRabbit? Would you say CL still serves you better?
I tried to use taskrabbit a couple of times. One, it's more expensive, probably double per hour. Two, it's limited to only a few available taskers and their own schedule.

What I like about CL is I set the terms, and then people self select and contact me, so there is no back and forth on those things. Granted, depending on what you need, TR may be a greater fit. The CL people were older and "rougher around the edges" type guys for the most part, but still friendly, respectful, and got the job done.
 

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Great thread.

I just paid a guy $50 to drill a hole in my Quartz countertop. He spent 15 minutes doing it. He had a drill with the right drill bit. Hourlyized, that's $200/hour.

Just goes to show how the use of certain tools and certain skills can increase your power to create income.

And another I'm currently working with...

Moving a pool table.


$300 for a move!
In Australia we have a lot of trade workers getting lung disease from cutting quartz counter tops over a long period so please be wary of the dust released doing this. The disease is similar to asbestosis.
 

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I've been travelling across country a lot the last few years, and one of my "side hustles" is commercial photography. Specifically restaurant menu photos and real estate.

When I know I'm going to be near a city area for a few weeks or more, I turn on my calendar and let an agency start scheduling gigs for me. It's flat fee but shakes out to an average of +/- $150/hr for my cut. In some areas there's only a few shoots per month, in others it's several a week.

Most commercial photographers consider this dirt cheap and unworthy of doing, because it's advertising and potentially creates hundreds of thousands of dollars in business for the clients. But I enjoy the flexibility and variety, and the end clients (often startups) are extremely grateful.
 

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