Second job ideas...?

drhcnip

Distinguished Member
Hiya all

Seriously having to consider taking on a second income somehow, even if it's just in the short term to get me back on an even keel - been crippled financially since my wife's death and need to sort something out beyond my current teacher's income and it's starting to affect my mental health again.

Anyone got experience of taking on an additional job? If so, what works? Obviously there's the delivery driver route with JE, Deliveroo, Hermes, Amazon etc but wanted to see if the great AVF hive mind had any other ideas/suggestions...

Cheers
 

Buzzcrow

Well-known Member
My son is a music teacher, and he has been playing in wedding/function bands for years earning extra income. Of course Covid has hit them hard, but the bookings are starting to pick up again and the good thing about being in a live performing band is all the gigs are paid cash in hand, and they are not cheap.

Working behind a bar in a pub can be good fun and good for socialising with the people who come in for a drink. Wishing you good luck and happiness, mate, whatever you choose to do.
 
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Deleted member 498601

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Depending on where you live and how fit/ healthy you are, you could apply to become an on-call firefighter or maybe a part time PCSO.
 

drhcnip

Distinguished Member
aye, that's the lines i'm thinking of - was just wondering what people's experiences were

i could go down the tutoring route but i think i need something less of a busman's holiday...;)
 

KyleS1

Distinguished Member
Depending on where you live and how fit/ healthy you are, you could apply to become an on-call firefighter or maybe a part time PCSO.
Out of curiosity, what does an on/call fire fighter get paid?
 

KyleS1

Distinguished Member
After tax/ pension, on a quiet month, less than £350 P/m. A busy month is about £450
How often do you get called out?
I looked into joining the fire service many times but there were never any recruitment drives. On call sounds ideal.
 
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Deleted member 498601

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How often do you get called out?
I looked into joining the fire service many times but there were never any recruitment drives. On call sounds ideal.

I live in a fairly quiet rural area, I get called out as little as once every 5 weeks (my longest stint in 2 years with no shouts) or as often as 3 time in one night (which has happened twice). It really does vary unpredictably (as you'd imagine), but to average it out roughly, I'd say one shout a week seems right. I provide evening and weekend cover, but my alerter goes off probably every two/three days during the day when I'm not on the run.

Going back to money - if my alerter sounds, I go to the station, but don't go on the fire appliance (they may be up to 18 people on call during the night, and only 6 max can go on one appliance), I'll get a £4 payment for turning in.

When actually working on a job, the pay rate is £14. To be on call (i.e. fit for work and within 5 minutes of the fire station) is 51p an hour.

As with most public sector work, it isn't exactly pop stars wages! :laugh:
 

RebelScum

Well-known Member
Bear in mind additional jobs are taxed at BR as presumably all your allowances are used up by your main job. Depending on the type of second job, it may be a lot of hours (and maybe expense) for a relatively small return. I know that’s still better than nothing, but it’s things like that you also need to consider.
 

The Dreamer

Distinguished Member
Bear in mind additional jobs are taxed at BR as presumably all your allowances are used up by your main job. Depending on the type of second job, it may be a lot of hours (and maybe expense) for a relatively small return. I know that’s still better than nothing, but it’s things like that you also need to consider.

They‘ll be taxed at their marginal rate, which might be BR or HR, and certainly, given some teaching salaries, it’d be quite easy to end up in the HR tax band with additional work. Obviously we don’t know the OP’s exact circumstance, so can’t comment with any real accuracy here.

Whether doing enough extra work is worth moving into the HR band, only the OP can decide - but the U.K. tax system, and all so-called progressive systems, simply encourage the avoidance of paying tax through fair means or foul, it certainly doesn’t encourage people to work harder/strive for betterment - but that’s a whole separate topic!

If going the ‘self-employed’ route, then they may get an additional tax allowance against the first £1000 earned.
 

oneman

Well-known Member
Do you have any hobbies, crafting experience or any other skills that you enjoy doing ?

My son is into his PC and does a side business of doing PC repairs, he doesn't have to earn a living from it so can undercut the competition. My neighbour enjoys woodworking and during lockdown has been selling planters and other custom made items. Another friend is a crafter and she has been selling personalised cards and other crafty stuff and she can sew so was selling homemade customised masks.

If you know another language fluently there is work for online translation.

Find something you are good at that is a marketable skill. It may not be great income but it will be much better for your mental health.
 

nick67

Well-known Member
Last year after 27 years in financial services I sold the business, my wife said I was too young to retire at 53 so I drive a minibus for a school.

I leave at 6:10 back home by 9, then the evening I meet up with the other lads for tea around 16:30 then home after the run around 19:00

It book ends the day, allows me to do other things as I still do Probate, Wills and Power of Attorney. As to mental health being part of a team is great and refreshing having spent many years working on my own. You have a responsibilty for the kids who are great.

It's not the best paid job, but I'm in a fortunate possition financially.

Also get 14 weeks holiday, 9 weeks for the summer which starts at the end of this week
 
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eob

Well-known Member
As you are a teacher wouldn't doing some private tuition be a logical choice for extra income?
This ^

Don't know what kind of teacher you are but I recently got a maths tutor (teacher by day) to help my lad through his Nat 5s.
£35 a pop. 11 sessions so he got best part of £400 out of me and I think he was pretty busy on the lead up to exam time.
Chances are he'll get the same out of me next year for the highers. :rolleyes:
 

RebelScum

Well-known Member
Might do well in the summer, but not all year round.

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