So my current university part-time job is sweet. It's easy as hell, the epitome of hourly flexibility, and pays decently. I was told I could potentially work it full time these few weeks off during winter break before the semester starts at the end of January, and had been benching on such for quite some time.
Turns out, there's not much for me to do right now with half the staff of graduate students and researchers out of town. Which means I'm averaging about 30 hours/week at best.
Regardless of working the job 30 hours a week or 40, it doesn't pay enough to really cover everything I'd like. Okay, it funds the necessities and then a little some, but I'm financially ambitious like most people in a capitalistic society, and thus am looking for alternative (and legal) forms/methods of income that aren't actually another job, but just little things I can do whenever I damn well please to make some extra spending money.
I've done online research into this for a week now, and have been vastly disappointed in what I've found. Most options that sound promising (reading emails, doing surveys, other random pomegranate) are, like we've all thought, either completely a scam, mostly a scam, partially a scam, or actually can produce profit, albeit at a high risk/time/effort cost. Aka not worth it. The only promising venue I've found is Elance, for doing outsourced online freelance work, which, while being legit, isn't a guarantee of getting paid work because you're competing with thousands of people around the globe, many of which are usually more qualified than someone like me.
My question to Southperry: is there any answer to this quandary? Do you use/know of any legitimate methods of making a little extra money on the side, here or there, whenever you need? Is there anything out there, or should I quit wasting my time looking and dabbling and just find another flexible hour part time job?