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#1 bryce's-mummy

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:16 PM

Does anyone have any ideas for how to earn extra money over Xmas? It's a pretty hard time for many of us and bills are pouring in so any ideas would be great for everyone.

For us DH has no annual leave over Xmas and I am pretty stressed at what to do. I thought he had a week accrued but I have found out today that it's only 3 days. In the past his work have given him annual leave in advance but this year they have told him that they cannot do that. His work is closing down for a minimum of three weeks.

So far I have had a clean out and have sold a few household and kids items on Ebay, Totshop and Gumtree etc but have now run out of things to sell!

And I am still looking for work and have had no luck in getting anything this side of Xmas.

Ideas?  shrug.gif

Edited by bryce's-mummy, 17 December 2012 - 07:19 PM.


#2 CatMumma

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:21 PM

If you recieve ftb can u apply for a one off payment that you pay back fortnightly.
I have gotten them a couple of times when things are tight and it just comes out of your fortnightly payment

#3 luke's mummu

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

Not for money before Christmas, but you could maybe register for a few mystery shopping companies and be ready to start working for them early January (most have finished up for the year now). If you do work early January you would be paid by most companies sometime in February. Which obviously isn't ideal for your finances, but worthwhile considering if you don't get another job.

Have you tried buying things from op shops and selling on e-bay? I have no idea if that is worthwhile financially though, or too risky.

Could you advertise to babysit on New Year's Eve (leaving Hubby at home to look after your kids)?

Lisa

#4 bryce's-mummy

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

QUOTE (~~diz~~ @ 17/12/2012, 07:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you recieve ftb can u apply for a one off payment that you pay back fortnightly.
I have gotten them a couple of times when things are tight and it just comes out of your fortnightly payment


I've heard about them before (in the past I have gotten small amounts). How much can you get at once?

#5 bryce's-mummy

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

I like the idea of New Years babysitting actually- great idea. But DH is not thrilled about having the kids to himself. Something to ponder though. I have just advertsied special Xmas house cleaning too and see if I get any takers off that.

#6 CatMumma

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:33 PM

I have claimed up to 1000 at a time. The payment back on that is $75 a fortnight BUT you dont have to borrow that much and you can borrow it in 2 or 3 lots. So say 500 to get you through xmas and then 500 later on etc. If you log onto centrelink and go to apply for advance payments on the left hand side it can be done in a matter of minutes. It usually takes about 3 days to go into your account and once it is all payed back over the 13 weeks you can reaaply again.

#7 ~floss~

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:37 PM

you could look at gumtree for people wanting house cleaners? I advertised on there and had a few people wanting the job - only $30-50 an hour and if you get a few a day it could add up?

Also i got quotes from people actually advertising cleaning and they wanted $100 + for an hour - so I advertised my own job and got plenty of hits original.gif

Something to think about anyway original.gif

good luck

#8 JRA

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

you have got the two most obvious to me -. babysitting, not just new yeas eve is great, and house cleaning.

house cleaners often take holidays at christmas when people want it most, and well babysitting is great, as one parent stays at home and looks after your kids, and the  other gets paid to do the same with someone elses kids

#9 Therese

Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

I imagine there is a need for babysitters all through the holiday season.

Good luck, I hope you can get some extra work.

#10 Jjbeanz

Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:38 PM

Delivering pamphlets might be an option?

#11 Sassy Dingo

Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

See below for info from Fair Work.

Your DH cannot be directed to take unpaid annual leave.

http://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/annual-le...nual-leave.aspx

#12 SCARFACE CLAW

Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:55 PM

QUOTE (bryce's-mummy @ 17/12/2012, 07:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like the idea of New Years babysitting actually- great idea. But DH is not thrilled about having the kids to himself. Something to ponder though. I have just advertsied special Xmas house cleaning too and see if I get any takers off that.



Seriously? How is that even an excuse, he is their father!

Hope you find something to get you through Christmas.

#13 bryce's-mummy

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:24 PM

QUOTE (SCARFACE CLAW @ 17/12/2012, 09:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Seriously? How is that even an excuse, he is their father!

Hope you find something to get you through Christmas.


It's not worth it really. We have had a really hard time together (with many many issues) and have just recently separated and are trying to mend the relationship. I have been treading on thin ice for a very long time now so can't rock the boat (so to speak).

Sassy Dingo- unfortunately DH is on an award which states that, as long as they give him [x amount of weeks notice- I think it's 2?) then he has to take it as annual leave. In his job it has always been this way for as long as I can remember.

The reason why he hasn't got any annual leave is my concern though. His work have been very quiet so on quite a few occasions this year work have asked him if he would like to go home early. He didn't realise that they were taking it out of his annual leave. Apparently they HAVE to pay him a 38 hours week but if he 'chooses' to come home then it comes out of annual leave. Hwever if they ask him and he refuses then they can't make him leave (his award states that they need at least 24 hours notification of shutdown). He of course has had other important times off during the year such as at DS's first year anniversary of passing - I think he had two days off. And also when we went to an interstate conference for DS's condition- that was another two days.

He has also been looking for other work for a while now (about 2 years) as his level of pay barely keeps our heads above water. But we have just been trying to manage as best as we can with the other things life has been throwing at us such as our marriage problems and other fairly large family issues.

#14 JingleBlitzenBells

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:41 PM

QUOTE
The reason why he hasn't got any annual leave is my concern though. His work have been very quiet so on quite a few occasions this year work have asked him if he would like to go home early. He didn't realise that they were taking it out of his annual leave. Apparently they HAVE to pay him a 38 hours week but if he 'chooses' to come home then it comes out of annual leave. Hwever if they ask him and he refuses then they can't make him leave (his award states that they need at least 24 hours notification of shutdown). He of course has had other important times off during the year such as at DS's first year anniversary of passing - I think he had two days off. And also when we went to an interstate conference for DS's condition- that was another two days.
Argh! I'm hopping mad for you.  They cant do that!  If THEY ask him to go home, then unless he is on casual on call, they cant not pay him and they CAN NOT take it out of his annual leave.   Seriously! the hide of these people.

If he chooses to go home, then they still should NOT take it out of annual leave unless he instructs them to.  It should either be sick leave or they can put it down as unpaid leave.

OMG they are shonky!


OK, back to the topic at hand - can you advertise through your DD's daycare and DS's school for babysitting / child minding.    Will you be able to do 'occassional care"  ie: they ring you and say "hey I need a babysitter for this morning"    and then you can charge them by the hour (a bit more)




#15 maybeonemore

Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

Sell as much stuff as you can find, ive recently made about $500 doing this.

Babysitting and cleaning is a good start.

Have you been to salvos, vinnies etc who do food vouchers. Use these to buy food then the cash you would have spent to buy food goes on rent or whatever?

QUOTE (bryce's-mummy @ 17/12/2012, 08:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like the idea of New Years babysitting actually- great idea. But DH is not thrilled about having the kids to himself. Something to ponder though. I have just advertsied special Xmas house cleaning too and see if I get any takers off that.


How much are you charging for the cleaning? I may be interested in a once off thing. Im pregnant and starting to get too fat to get on my hands and knees to do my bathrooms etc and they are getting pretty shocking at the moment.  unsure.gif PM me if you like.

Edited by clm1982, 18 December 2012 - 03:08 PM.


#16 Tenacious C

Posted 18 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

I think a call to Fair Work Australi might be in order regaridng your DHs working conditions!

Another idea for making money over the Christmas break is pet sitting, dog walking. kennels fill up fast this time of year and I know a lot of people that look for last minute pet sitters.

Also on my local buy and sell FB site there are people advertisng presetn wrapping services and letters from Santa.

#17 mumto3princesses

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:28 PM

Wow, that's seriously dodgy of your DH's work!

I think cleaning and babysitting would be the easiest way. Or as pp said dog walking or pet sitting or maybe dog grooming or something.

Or checking on pets, or checking on houses collecting mail etc while people are away so its not as obvious they are away. But that would really only work with people you actually know I guess because who would want to tell a stranger they are going away for however long.

Or if you know people that need Santa to assemble gifts maybe you could do something like that as long as it can be transported? Thinking something along the lines of pick up to be assembled things and put them together and deliver at a time when their kids can't see.

#18 *melrose*

Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:51 PM

Thats bad! they cannot take that money.

#19 Guest_bottle~rocket_*

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

Hi Bryce's Mummy,

I think it is dodgy too that your DH was forced to take leave without pay during close-down.  

I found this on the Fair Work Australia website:

QUOTE
Annual shut down
.....
What if my employee doesn’t have enough annual leave to cover the shut down?

You can either:

    ask your employee to take annual leave in advance during the shut down
    ask your employee to agree to take unpaid leave.

If your employee doesn’t agree to take annual leave in advance, or to take unpaid leave, they are entitled to be paid during this period at their usual rate.


From here: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/faqs/leave/page...-shut-down.aspx

I think it's a good idea to call Fair Work Australia as it sounds like your DH's employer may be breaching employment law.

Edited by bottle~rocket, 18 December 2012 - 06:54 PM.


#20 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

We're paying $25 a day for someone to feed our cats twice & give them some love over the Christmas holidays.  If you did this for 4-5 families, that's $100 a day.

May possibly be a bit late, but worth a shot.

#21 MotherClucker

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:20 PM

I got a flyer in my post box looking for flyer deliverers? Could this be something for you?

#22 luke's mummu

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:24 PM

flyers/ pamphlets/newspapers - most companies won't pay you until 3-5 weeks after you have done the work.

#23 PooksALotLikeXmas

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

Sometimes I make things to sell on BSS sites or eBay or whatever. If you're any good with crafty stuff this can be good.

Are you sure there is nothing left to sell? Can you clear out clothes and bedding to check through for stuff? Even small items add up. Even a garage sale can be good.

Pet sitting, cleaning and babysitting are all great suggestions.

Can you or your DP mow or prune?

Ironing is another service you could offer.

Are there any events happening in your area over the holidays?  Sometimes you can pick up casual work selling tickets or whatever.

#24 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:42 PM

Laundry and ironing maybe? But agree with others, unless your DH is doing contract work they can't force unpaid leave.

Just quietly though, maybe a short break wouldn't do you harm even if it's frugal living.

#25 snuffles

Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:59 PM

What area are you in??  My house would love an extra clean.  (Penrith NSW)




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