Easy Side Job

If you’re retired or between jobs or have some extra time, maybe you’re looking to make a little money. One possible side job I had never heard of before is being a “sitter” in a hospital. If a patient is confused, suicidal, or at risk for a fall, hospitals hire ordinary people to just sit in their room, keep them from pulling out IVs, watch them and call for help if necessary.

At first I thought this was unlikely, but there it is on the Indeed.com job site: https://www.indeed.com/salaries/Patient-Sitter-Salaries

Patient Sitter Salaries in the United States

Salary estimated from 437 employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months. Last updated: June 15, 2018

United States
        San Diego
        Fort Collins
        Wheat Ridge
        Mount Clemens
    New Jersey
    New York State
        Mohegan Lake
        New York
        Town of Cortlandt
    North Carolina
Average salary
$10.29 per hour

How much does a Patient Sitter make in the United States?

The average salary for a Patient Sitter is $10.29 per hour in the United States. Salary estimates are based on 437 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by Patient Sitter employees, users, and collected from past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months. The typical tenure for a Patient Sitter is less than 1 year.
Patient Sitter salaries by company in the United States
Company Average salary
$12.25 per hour
$11.44 per hour
$10.62 per hour
$10.50 per hour
$10.10 per hour
$16.55 per hour
$14.84 per hour
$12.95 per hour
$10.56 per hour
$10.28 per hour
Patient Sitter salaries by location
City Average salary
$8.87 per hour
$8.75 per hour
$8.87 per hour
$12.25 per hour
$10.50 per hour



Paid Medical Studies

Clinical trials for new treatments reach a point when they need human volunteers to participate. One reputable site is Covance: https://www.covanceclinicaltrials.com/en-us/

To find even more local trials, check out the “volunteers” section of your local Craigslist. Even though it’s under volunteers, most of them pay you for your participation. Here’s a short sample of Craigslist ads in my area:


Some Perspective

Americans live in a culture which constantly points out to us all the stuff we don’t have. TV commercials, other people’s cars going by, store windows, everywhere we look there’s something we could potentially want, and some of it we can’t afford.

It helps to step back and take a more global view. There are plenty of people in the world working as subsistence farmers who have so little that they can’t begin to approach what Westerners call doing without.

Put in your income, and see where you stand compared to the rest of the world: http://www.globalrichlist.com/

Earning opportunity – Shop for Shipt

Now hiring in several southern states, Shipt delivers groceries. If you’re physically able to tote groceries, have a smart phone, car, and driver’s license, this could be a nice part time job. www.shipt.com. Or for that matter, if there are times you’d like your groceries to just arrive, it could be a nice service for you. Also nice for someone elderly or disabled, or just down with the flu.

52 Weeks: Earnings – Retraining, Is It True?

From the book:


Going back to school to train in something there’s a demand for is a popular suggestion. Make sure there really is a demand before you spend your savings or go into debt to pay for school.

I looked into medical billing and coding. The schools all made it sound like there was a huge demand. Of course they did, they’re selling their schooling. I visited a local school. The salesperson was clearly very desperate to sell me on spending $16,000 for less than a year of training.

I went a little deeper on the Internet, past the sales pitches. I found a discussion board of people who had taken the schooling, passed the exams, and passed the state licensing tests. They still couldn’t get work, because the employers insisted on experience. When the unemployment rate is high, many people are looking for work. Employers can ask for experienced workers and get them. They have little motivation for training someone who is new to their field.




52 Weeks: Earnings – Writing Books

From the book:


Thanks to quantum advances in self-publishing, anyone who can write a book can publish it. Like so many things, this can cost a lot, a little, or almost nothing. Amazon.com offers both free and paid self-publishing services.

If you do your own editing, formatting, and cover art, you can publish your own book in Kindle format with no cost. Check out the free Kindle book “Building Your Book for Kindle” for detailed instructions. Professional editing for a full-length book can cost $1,000 to $2,000. I edited mine myself and it took six months.

The paint.NET design software for the cover art defeated me. I paid someone on http://www.fiverr.com to design it for me. Amazon charges much more for help with cover art than the artists on Fiverr do. http://Www.createspace.com’s cover design templates are easy to use if you want to do it yourself.

If you want your book to be available in physical form, CreateSpace can help you. You can pay them to take care of all the formatting. Or, if you can do all the work yourself the only cost is for a proof copy and any physical books you order for yourself. They print on demand. When someone orders the book, they print one and mail it out.

The trouble is, Amazon offers fourteen million titles. Unless you advertise, it’s not likely that people will notice yours when browsing around. Look on Fiverr for people who will drive traffic to your book’s Amazon webpage. Other avenues include posting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media, and mass emails to your contacts.



Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.


52 Weeks: Earnings -Pet Care and Housecleaning

From the book:

Pet care

Internet articles about jobs for retired people often mention pet sitting and dog walking. Cliff used to dog-sit for people he met while playing bridge at senior centers. We had one adorable little poodle dog with us for three months while his human companion recovered from a stroke. Well-paid working couples would be a market to look into for this, along with well-heeled seniors who travel.

House cleaning

Those same working couples and seniors might also be in the market for a house cleaner. In the early ‘80s, I worked freelance as a house cleaner. Back then, I charged a set price of $25 for a fixed group of tasks that added up to a basic weekly cleaning. With practice, it took me about two hours to do. You can charge for a set of tasks, or you can charge by the hour and let the customer set the tasks.



Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.