Ask The Readers: Do You Have Multiple Sources of Income?

By Ashley Jacobs on 19 July 2011 (Updated 26 July 2011) 133 comments
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Editor's Note: Congratulations to Tamara, Amy, and Maureen Bannon Chouinard for winning this week's contest!

Most people have one job that they rely on to cover their expenses. The idea of working more than one job or having more than one source of income might not cross their minds. However, there are people who have multiple sources of income to fall back on should they need some extra money or their primary source of income falls through.

Do you have multiple sources of income?  Why or why not? If you have multiple sources of income, what are all your sources of income?

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KelR1

Yes, in addition to regular salary, I occasionally do surveys/focus groups to make a little extra money. Every few years I also have a garage sale to get rid of clutter and score some extra cash too.

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TP

I have two sources of income. My primary desk job and direct sells from home. I'm working two jobs because the salary of the first is just enough to live on, but not enough to dream with.

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Damion

Yes many avenues of income are very important, I have several avenues: My primary income is Security Police at a hospital, supplemented by 2 days a week at a casino, I am beginning my own business check it out (www.mycprime.com/noimad5) , I also do probate data entry at court houses, mystery shopping, and I also am a Brand Ambassador. And yes I am tryign to become financially healthy and also get money for my Girlfriends engagement ring!!! THANKS!!!

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I have two sources of income: The first is my day job teaching at a cram school in Seoul, South Korea, and the second is my love child, the Royston Writing Institute. It's my online writing school geard towards high school students preparing to send their college essays. I can't wait until RWI is my *only* source of income.

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michelle

In general no, but I do some freelance editing on the side sometimes!

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Michelle

We have multiple streams - my husband and I both work full time jobs. He also does some contract pest control work on the side - I do the paperwork for that. I also sell Avon - mostly to people at my full time job and neighbors.

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Guest

I have a day job and then around July 4th and New Years I sell fireworks. I also took in a roommate. All is working out great.

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Guest

I work a second job, 12 hours per week. I use the cash for fun stuff or to buy things we need, depending upon how tight the budget is that week.

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Rebecca R.

Yes, my husband works at a regular job, we sell things at yard sales, on Craigslist, and on Ebay. I will be setting up an Etsy account here soon, to sell the homemade beaded jewelry and other crafts that I make--I also have done "jewelry parties", where I teach others how to make bracelets. I also dog sit for friends, who pay me whatever they think is fair.

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MidSouthMouth

Grad school offers many opportunities to make extra money and find free events to attend, if time allows. To bring in extra money, I occasionally tutor, proofread, do online surveys, and sell back books.

I also save money by using coupons, bartering, and entering some local contests for events.

I have liked you on Facebook for a long time now. Thanks!

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Stacia

I want multiple sources. Hope to be creating something soon.

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Lynda

just my day job =\

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Lynda

i like wisebread on facebook

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Lynda

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/oshkoshbgosh123/status/94267776922947584

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Lindsay Pond

I work two jobs -- and it's been a real lifesaver. When I started disliking my former full-time job, I had a lot of firm leverage to say "This is not what I signed on for. I am moving on." My part-time job was quick to bring me on for more hours, and my full-time job ended up asking me to still stay on for part-time work on my own terms. It is more "work," but I feel like I have more freedom and control.

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Amanda

No. I'm a student and have 0 sources of income.

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Tina

I have a partime job at a nearby hospital and I recently starting selling things out of my home on Ebay. I also plan to start selling my own hair products.

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I have my career and my husband has his :)

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i like you on facebook :)

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http://twitter.com/#!/ReneeAChapman/status/94372477442076672

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GuestPam McCormick

I have always had more than 1 job or career for that matter.Started babysitting in my early teens then added doing birthday parties for kids next my first job at Friendly's and on from there.I currently have 2 jobs as a nurse one for an insurance company monday thru friday day shift and one for a hospital evenings.Use to have a third job working weekends.

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Nancy

Sources of income:
(1) Military retirement
(2) VA benefit
(3) Federal job
(4) Licensed real estate agent (not using; no current income)
(5) Notary public (using but not charging anyone; can use for income if needed)

Ditto above for husband (minus the notary public)

When we retire we each hope to add the following incomes:

(1) Federal job pensions
(2) Social security payments
(3) Retirement investments

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Yes. In addition to my full-time job, I do freelance illustrating, take clothes to a consignment shop, and sell things on eBay. We have to do all we can while my husband's not working.

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Due to lack of an annual raise and the elimination of a 401K match I have added two additional sources of income:

1. I created a website store selling an exclusive line of clothing.
2. I became an Advisor for the direct sales company Mancaveworldwide.com

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Joe

Great idea for a giveaway! My primary source of income comes from IT consulting, but I also enjoy a bit of passive income from various websites I maintain.

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We don't have multiple incomes in our household. But we're setting up a foundation to get multiple incomes in the future.

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mike lee

I run 3 chinese foot massage business here in Los angeles, 1 rental property income here in the US, 2 rental properties in China, and now I'm trying to start another income source online through blogging (havent had any success yet).

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Brian N.

Yes but most are not sustainable (ie: selling cd collection on ebay). Researching other passive and active sources to replace the cubicle check that is our primary source.

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Alicia C.

LOL - Only if you count the extra bits of cash/gift cards I earn on survey sites!
ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

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Alicia C.

I like you on FB!
alicia crenshaw
ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

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Alicia C.

Tweeted!
http://twitter.com/#!/amccrenshaw/status/95492788950548480
ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

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Ruth Sade

Yes I have more than one source of income. Various jobs, rental property both residential and commercial.

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Kelly

My husband and I both work.