Nurses may have a good job outlook through 2018…but maybe your budget is a little tight on your nurse’s salary alone. Or perhaps you’re looking for a fun way to relax on the weekends—and make a little extra cash on the side. We asked our Facebook fans what kind of side jobs they have (or have had) to make some extra dough; check out their answers for some inspirations and, occasionally, warnings!
I give flu shots during flu season!
Teaching childbirth classes.
—Kelly Eisenhardt Vittoria
Gave nightly injections to someone going through infertility treatments for both of her pregnancies.
I work per diem as a nurse at a correctional facility. I start training tomorrow.
I keep a side job, always have. I like to do home care through an agency. It’s flexible—I schedule patients around my work and life!
I worked at a local gas station in the morning making breakfast foods and doughnuts! It was quite a change from nursing, but I totally enjoyed it. I still had a lot of interactions with people in the morning on their way to work…that made it fun!
—Sandra Rojas Chamberlain
The Disney Store.
I’ve been a tax preparer at Jackson Hewitt every year for the past three tax seasons.
—Vicki Bockheim McDaniel
I help my husband with our photography business.
—Mary K. Miller
Have my own business…stripping and waxing floors. It’s mindless and therefore enjoyable.
—Corinna Laub Barger
Vegetarian/vegan catering and holistic pet food rep.
Helping a vendor sell produce and plants on the local farmers’ market.
I work at a gourmet cupcake shop on weekends. I make some extra money, get to do something that I enjoy and get out my creative energy (and it doesn’t involve any life-or-death decision making on my part!).
Cook at major pizza chain through nursing school.
—Rene W. Neville
Certified personal trainer.
Taught English subjects (grammar, creative writing, American accent training, speech and pronunciation classes, and English as a Second Language) to foreign university, kids and adults. I loved doing it!
Shoveled horse manure. Top that one.
Aesthetician and nail tech.
—Laura Lee Miracle
I make and sell baby quilts and memory quilts.
—Cynthia Friend Thomas
I was a CNA for years before going on to get my LPN, but I’ve also worked second jobs as an auto mechanic (helped me through nursing school—I’d find a car part that matched functions with human organs and simplify the human organ down to the same thing as the car part) and sold auto parts at a national chain.
What kind of side jobs do you have (or have you had) to make some extra dough?
For more Career Advice for Nurses pick up the latest issue of Scrubs magazine, available at a retail store near you!