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Ways to earn a few quid when retired

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Over 50s Money Saving
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    50Twuncle wrote: »
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    I know a couple of people who have done extra work with casting collective, which is quite legitimate - looks as if there is a missing letter in the stated site!
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    We have done house/ petsitting and although we don't do much now, it was a way to earn a bit and save money on your own utilities (because you are living in someone else's home).

    My son rents out his garage occasionally. Last time he charged £50 for six weeks. This was with the car just being in the garage the whole time, it did not involve anyone coming and taking it in and out.

    My husband makes a little bit by doing pet portraits in pastels, he works from photographs of the animals.
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    50Twuncle wrote: »
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    Hi, in the summer I work for a language school and take foreign students on trips. Its only minimum wage but it means I can go to London, Oxford, Stonehenge etc for free and show them our heritage. I earned about a 1000 last summer doing this and lost weight and made loads of new friends with the adult students and teachers.

    Try emailing your local language summer schools if you live in a touristy area. :j
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  • Local councils need temporary staff for elections - of course we have local elections in England coming up in May. You have to do a 2 hour training course (you're paid for that) and then a full day at the polling station. Some are busier than others. It's a long day (you have to get there at 6.30 a.m. to put the booths up, and then doors open at 7.00 a.m.) and it closes at 10pm. I was paid nearly £200, including payment for the training session. You're sitting down all day, and you can eat and take something to read, and you can chat to other staff.

    If you contact your local council - the Electoral Services office, then they can tell you if they need any more staff for this year. Even if they don't, get your name down on the register and they will automatically contact you in years ahead.
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    Ref the temp election staff. My friend does this, but be aware you do not have a choice of which Polling Station you will be required at but you can of course turn it down

    Same for eat etc, depends upon who is in charge, some polling stations are in say village hall so have kitchen facilities, others may not have

    Still worth doing though
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    some good tips here! thank all
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    Very good tips!
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    Friends of mine did house sitting to look after pets full time for about 4 years. They actually sold their own house as they spent so little time there. They didn't charge to sit but all utilities were paid by the house owners and, although not mandatory, most left them full fridges and freezers. They did a few abroad where even a car was provided for them. They got a lot of repeat business, and word of mouth stuff, because they were so highly regarded.
    Another friend does a lot of stuff on fleabay, also lots of car boot sales. To the best of my knowledge they have not registered as a trader nor are they declaring the not insubstantial profits they are making on either. Not a course of action I recommend. Occasional car boot sales can be a way to make decent lumps of money if you have the right stuff to sell.
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    corona wrote: »
    Local councils need temporary staff for elections - of course we have local elections in England coming up in May. You have to do a 2 hour training course (you're paid for that) and then a full day at the polling station. Some are busier than others. It's a long day (you have to get there at 6.30 a.m. to put the booths up, and then doors open at 7.00 a.m.) and it closes at 10pm. I was paid nearly £200, including payment for the training session. You're sitting down all day, and you can eat and take something to read, and you can chat to other staff.

    If you contact your local council - the Electoral Services office, then they can tell you if they need any more staff for this year. Even if they don't, get your name down on the register and they will automatically contact you in years ahead.

    They need other staff for elections as well.

    I was a verification assistant for the local elections. I arrived at 9pm and finished just after midnight. I received £56.

    I’m a count assistant on Sunday for EU elections. £75 flat fee.
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