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What Do People in the IT Field Do for Side Jobs?

Cliff posted more than 9 years ago | from the moonlighting dept.

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Flagg0204 asks: "Growing up in a primarily white collar household I wasn't exposed to 'side-jobs' until I met my girlfriend whose family was mostly blue collar. This got me to thinking. What do people in the IT field do for side jobs? Electricians, plumbers, HVAC, mechanic, these fields have many opportunities for a little extra cash on the side. What are some IT/IS side jobs that Slashdot readers do for extra money?"

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Online/Remote works for me (5, Interesting)

iclod (831412) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946625)

it depends what kind of IT skills you have.

i am working for few online games like iclod [] and xmoo [] , they generate a bit of incomes and open up opportunities for other jobs.

the advantage is i don't need to be there physically to carry out works, but with that advantage, i also get the disadvantage of having thousand of similarly skilled people fighting for the same work.

i believe hardware-IT may have more opportunities. just post an ads on local newspaper to "Fix Your Computer Problems At Home" and there bound to be some elderly people who would rather get a local service from a local person at home.

The last thing I want to do when I go home is... (4, Insightful)

pixel.jonah (182967) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946645)

...turn on a computer.

Re:The last thing I want to do when I go home is.. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946712)

...So make sure it's not turned off, then you're set!

what I do on my day job (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946627)

read slashdot.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946628)

fp! 123456

Obvious answer... (4, Funny)

physicsphairy (720718) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946629)

Punch the monkey!

Gameses! (3, Interesting)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946632)

I write games. []

I learn fun new stuff, I get to take things at my own pace, I get fun email from other people, and I make enough to cover my car payment. Best of all, it feeds my megalomania.

Isn't it obvious (4, Funny)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946635)

Isn't it obvious?

The moment they know you're in I.T. everyone in your family, and all your mother's friends, want you to fix their PCs.

Re:Isn't it obvious (3, Insightful)

2MuchC0ffeeMan (201987) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946706)

If we could only charge our grandmothers for every time we fixed their cord not being plugged in...

Re:Isn't it obvious (4, Funny)

delfstrom (205488) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946818)

If we could only charge our grandmothers for every time we fixed their cord not being plugged in...

I didn't know grandmothers required electricity.

Re:Isn't it obvious (1)

Gyorg_Lavode (520114) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946734)

It's only a job if you get payed.

Re:Isn't it obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946810)

It's only a job if you get payed.

And paid is spelled that way only if you're getting spayed.

Re:Isn't it obvious (4, Funny)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946747)

Well, I do fix PCs for friends and family, of course, but they have to feed me.

One evening, after fixing a computer, my friends were taking me to restaurant and we passed a homeless man with a "Will work for food" sign . . .

He shoulda been an underemployed software guy.

You can make loads on the "side" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946829)

The moment they know you're in I.T. everyone in your family, and all your mother's friends, want you to fix their PCs.

I've found that in my location at least (Calgary, Canada), being an one-man computer guy can actually be quite profitable, since computer shops charge way too much for system repairs and most people don't have a friend that can do it.

When I first came here, nobody seemed to want my unix admin skills, yet I also had a healthy amount of helpdesk-type experience, so I decided to go solo and haven't looked back. Forget the mainstream, I'm making loads with just so-called "side" work.

I've never been able to make this work. (5, Insightful)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946636)

In my experience, the nature of IT work tends to rule out being able to hold down a side job. The biggest obstacle is the fact that almost all IT work (or salaried work in general, really) tends to have at least one or two "crunch times" per year where you have to work weird hours.

Aside from that, I've noticed that the lion's share of part-time skilled labor still takes place between 9 and 5. There are plenty of 10-15 hour a week IT jobs, but very few where you're not on regular work hours. Even if you find one, any bit of success tends to pull the work towards business hours -- I briefly had a side gig as a trainer at night, but that quickly devolved into "can you do this during the day?" once companies started demanding our services.

As a consequence, you are forced to look for jobs which are both off-hours and feature very flexible schedules. This tends to translate into low skill and thus low paying. I don't mean to sound elitist here, but when you're making good money at a regular job I think you'll find that it's just not worth surrendering your free time for what you can bring in working at Starbucks. Remember: just because you're not paid when you're not at work doesn't mean that time is worthless.

If you're not making enough money, it might be a better use of your time to continue your education. Many universities cater to people who work a 9-5, and a lot of employers will help pay for you to go. The payoff isn't as immediate, but in many situations it's a far better plan overall.

Re:I've never been able to make this work. (5, Interesting)

RealAlaskan (576404) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946755)

... you are forced to look for jobs which are both off-hours and feature very flexible schedules.

Many universities cater to people who work a 9-5 ...

I hope that you see the obvious side job for the white collar worker: teach an evening course at the local community college. Of course, you'll be making less per hour than the janitor, but it is white collar.

Don't stray too far.... generally... (2, Interesting)

skrysakj (32108) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946643)

I sometimes to photography or video work, which as time goes on, has a lot more to do with technology than ever before.

I got into engineering because I liked building things. (Additional joy comes from seeing people use what I build). So, you're not so far off when you guess that HVAC, electrical, and plumbing work may be a good side job option. I've known some guys that do car stereo installations, or home alarm system installations as side jobs.

Another side job related to IT work is typing. Sometimes you can find a simple temp job that requires you to type in data. Because programmers are generally fast at typing, it's an easy fit.

[OT] love your sig (0, Offtopic)

Paul d'Aoust (679461) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946770)

Yes, this is off-topic, and you can mod me down if you want, but I just wanted to say: I love your sig; I always thought 'HTTP_REFERER' should have been spelled with a double R.

Birst Post (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946644)

Birst Post!

Nothing (5, Interesting)

Fraize (44301) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946648)

Because the company I work for owns everything I think and do, according to my employment agreement. Nothing is considered "side-work."

Re:Nothing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946784)

I hear Redmond is beautiful in the fall...

Re:Nothing (2, Funny)

robyannetta (820243) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946837)

You work for EA, don't you?

Removing spyware (5, Interesting)

BrentRJones (68067) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946653)

and spam from people in the neighborhood.

Re:Removing spyware (1)

ghost509 (457002) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946771)

Removing spyware and uploading their porn to my server!

porn man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946659)

Lots of IT peopel do Porn, some in it but mostly porn websites and what not. I kno w at least teo people. i know an electricain as well.

IT Consulting (5, Interesting)

ckulpa (611178) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946661)

I have started my own IT consulting business for home PC users. I advertise locally in the neighbor hood and work nights and weekends.

Gigalo (5, Funny)

samuel4242 (630369) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946662)

Women swoon when I talk to them about high-speed computing, VOIP, and the inherent tension between creator and consumer in the post-copyright world. It's a tough gig, but I'm happy if I can fall asleep knowing that I brought a smile to just one face.

Re:Gigalo (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946797)

Women swoon when I talk to them...

So ... you hire out as a sleeping pill substitute? Cool.

Side jobs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946663)

In before anything useful, yo.

Oh, and I work part time at Wendy's when I'm not doing IT stuff.
It seems almost depressing, but it's good pay for what I do.

tutoring (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946664)

Any brainy IT person can end up drowining in side high school maths tutoring jobs

Ski (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946665)

I work about 10 hours a week at a local ski lodge for a season pass and decent compensation. Gets me outside and arround people who are totaly not about work but about skiing.

decent compensation (1)

bayerwerke (513829) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946815)

At a ski lodge? Where does that happen (decent compensation)?

You mean aside from... (3, Funny)

csoto (220540) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946666)

Cybersquatting and phishing scams? Not much!

Two words... (1)

r00t_ur_b0x (643995) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946670)

Pr0n star.

Re:Two words... (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946838)

Pr0n star.

Considering your average /. reader:

My eyes! My precious eyes.

here we go again (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946672)

To all you posters who think you're comedians, I'm going to beat you to the punchline...

3) Profit!

auto mechanic (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946673)

When I'm not VP of IT for a 200 employee company, I fix/tune/hack German cars for a local speed shop. The money is good and I find it to be a lot more interesting than my "day job." At the end of the day, the car either works or it doesn't so it's very easy to see a sense of progress and feel like you've accomplished something. Compare that to a never ending network/software rollout while sitting in a cube giving/taking orders...

I do direct sales (1)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946676)

Not so much for the extra money, but for the opportunity to get out of the cave and flirt my ass off.

Wait tables (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946677)

Wait tables at the local bar, [] . Free beer, food, fun in a place I like. And they pay me to be there :)

Serving is the ultimate people hacking job. "No, you don't want that sir. Did you drink a lot of paint thinner as a kid? No? Ok then, you don't want that." Also, fun to see the way people react to weather :)

What do I do? POKER! (5, Interesting)

Azzaron (562255) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946682)

I find that the logical thought process needed for my IT job was exactly the kind of skill that a poker player needs as a base. I've been playing poker online for a year now and have done fairly well.

I find that it's a very fun, and profitable, hobby to have on the side. I'm playing enough now that I do consider it a side job... in fact, I make a better hourly wage than at my real job! The best part about it is, I can play whenever I have a spare hour or two... I don't have to schedule it in.

I've started getting all of my other friends in IT hooked on it as well :)

Nothing... (1)

kanna (621529) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946683)

If your employer is to have his way, which they usually do in this economy, they'd have you work long hours and possibly work more on the weekends and most of the time, won't get paid extra for it (like EA games).

I like to suck dick for dollars (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946685)

or better yet, euros.

I have a life outside of work (1, Insightful)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946686)

So, to answer the question - nothing.

Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946689)

PORN and PORN websites.

And sometimes fixing a porn star's computer too.

Freelance Sysadmining (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946690)

I have a personal LLC and contract the odd IT job, mostly single instance sysadmining or system configuration. Quasi-appliance servers for small and medium sized offices. Depending on how much money I want to make, I will take more or less jobs that I don't enjoy. I have also been known to do sys support on call during critical projects for various companies.

McDonald's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946691)

Just as the colleagues from the Physics department do...

Personally.... (2, Interesting)

chipster (661352) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946693)

...I do IT-related side work :-)

However, I have some friends in the IT field that do general contracting (home additions, decks, drywalling, home improvements, etc.). It's apparently lucrative. One friend mentioned he loves it since he's not stuck behind a desk, and he can keep his craftsmanship skills honed.

Prostitution (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946694)

If you're already doing contract work its not really a stretch from your existing skill set.

Blacksmith (5, Funny)

Kennric (22093) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946697)

Throughout my years as a Unix admin, I have been a working blacksmith and woodworker in exotic woods. Recently I have branched into selling BDSM gear and sex toys, but that's beside the point.

I suspect many IT workers have a more artistic/creative outlet, whether it earns them any money or not. Its amazing how theraputic hammering hot metal is after a day dealing with computers and their users.

Haha, good question. (2, Interesting)

robyannetta (820243) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946698)

Write, edit, produce, direct Vampire movies.

Production (3, Interesting)

claudius0425 (679268) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946708)

Well, I am not sure it counts as a side job, as I don't have a job in the first place, but when I am not toiling at either school or theatre, I do lighting work for a local production company (owned and operated by some old friends). Being production work, it is very gig-oriented, but by the same token it is well suited to side work, as there are no long term commitments involved.

So, yeah, sound and lighting design and operation for small/medium productions.

A myriad of things (1)

friek (247138) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946713)

I have a side project where we're writing a game, and another with an old college buddy just playing around with java3D and JINI.

For stuff that is not purely fun related, I repair, upgrade and troubleshoot peoples PCs, mostly for beer. Cheap for them, easy for me, and it lessens the "that neighbor is a freak" attitude.

I give back to the community (4, Interesting)

syntap (242090) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946714)

I spend my spare time writing open source software.

Side Job ? When ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946721)

When do you possibly find time for a side job? Isn't 60 - 80 hours a week away from your family enough?

I don't understand the basis for this question (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946723)

Why on earth would I want a side job? I generally play golf, play around with home improvement projects, travel, etc, with my free time.

Why would I want to take that time away for a side job?

I guess my answer to your questions is, uh, either "nothing" or "spend money made at my single job" depending on the time of year.

Diversify of course (1)

treval (89829) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946724)

I'm in the process of establishing a vineyard and will be studying medicine as of next year. I reckon that covers all my bases in case of a reversal in the IT industry.

sell books (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946727)

got a pt job at a local chain book retailer to fill in the $ gaps and get a discount. i can learn the alphabet, AND buy cheap books! weee!


Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946732)

but blue collar junk

Deejay... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946735)

I actually have been a Club DJ for the last 7 years, along with my IT day job.

I have found that a LOT of IT people in my area (Madison, WI) are involved in electronic music in some way... either through production or performance.

Since I have moved here, I have held a residency every Friday Night for the last 5 years at a local club for mixing 80's... other nights I will play techno and what not - but 80's brings in the bank... and is my thing to do every friday.

It actually has provided me enough in the past to quit my day job for a period while I looked for better work.

Not to mention, I don't have to buy drinks, and it is essentially like getting paid to go out and socialize.

drinking! (2, Insightful)

turbopunk (806995) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946736)

i mostly do programming / it work, but i also bartend at a local club on weekends.

i like it cuz it actually gets me out in front of people and keeps me from completely becoming a troll . . .

IT *is* my sidejob (1)

decarelbitter (559973) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946741)

I was educated as graphic designer and learned myself webdesign before the web became mainstream. I did this for various ad-agencies for 6 years and went freelance after that. IT always had my interest, however the (back then) beta-requirements were too high for me. But IT always was there on the background, and on all my jobs I have always been involved in IT decisions and/or systems administration in some way.

My current IT sidejob involves fighting spam at a Dutch anti-spam organisation. But my money still comes from graphic and/or webdesign.

Reading Is Life (5, Interesting)

sehlat (180760) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946744)

I proofread books, both treeware and e-books for three different publishers, including doing scan-and-proof of old books for electronic republication. It's a great way to relax and put my computer skills to use without having to dive into the details of the bits-and-bytes after hours.

Deliver Pizza / Wardrive (4, Funny)

slpalmer (6337) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946746)

I deliver pizza as a side job. Only a couple nights per week, and a few hours per night. Get $$$, and find loads of WiFi hotspots.

Sometimes prohibited (1)

Glendale2x (210533) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946751)

Some companies (I'm not sure how widespread this is) put a clause in your employment terms or make you sign a contract that forbids you from doing any kind of "side job" related to your real job except for yourself and immediate family.

My last employer did this; they basically said "sign this or you're fired." Since Nevada is a right to work state, they were free to do so for whatever reason they felt like as long as it didn't conflict with a federal law.

More IT work... (1)

gtrubetskoy (734033) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946752) run a virtual server company.

Photography (2, Informative)

sejanus (18670) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946759)

Being reasonably technical it was kind of a natural progression to get stuck into digital cameras a couple of years ago.

I now work Mon-Friday as a Network Engineer for a ISP (as I have done for quite a few years now), and do wedding photography on weekends.

I tell ya, we complain about putting up with "lusers" and stuff like that but let me assure you that ;

1) Hell hath no fury like a bride and her mother on a wedding day

2) To do a wedding properly is serious work. On Saturdays wedding I was up at 6am, out of the house by 7am - a 1hr drive to my business partners house where we check all the gear, load all the studio lighting, reflectors, ladder, camera bags, laptops, 30" LCD (for showing photos at the reception) into the car. We then go to the brides house at 10:30am, do the photos there and then drive over 1hr to the actual wedding venue, do the stuff there and then go to the reception which was only 10mins away thankfully. The reception finished 11pm, and I was back home at about 1:30am. A long day, and on top of all that it was extremely hot, about 35c (Australia). And I then had to get up at 7am to photograph a christening.

It makes my IT job seem fairly cosy in comparison :) But I like the results after a wedding.

work in a bike shop (2, Interesting)

kaan (88626) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946760)

I have a full-time software development job during normal working hours, but I work part-time in a bike shop (usually only on the weekends or holidays).

Most of the time, I do minor repairs and assembly on new bikes, also safety checks for test rides. Sometimes I help customers on the sales floor. Either way, it's totally rewarding, and gives me a huge sense of satisfaction (unlike spending time at the office writing email, sitting in meetings, writing reports, etc.). Also, it's really nice to be around people who are relaxed and not on some big fscking power-trip while trying to climb the corporate ladder.

IT side jobs (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946765)

I'm a wh0re.

opps, no, wait a minute. Thats my IT job :|

side jobs (5, Interesting)

burnunit0 (630935) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946766)

I preach for money. (many churches look to seminary students or former seminary student to do fill in preaching - they call it pulpit supply - when a pastor is on vacation) I've been tempted to put together a business card with that side job on it, "Serving God and mammon since 1997." Also, I work in a children's home. The overnight shift at the home allows me to work online during downtime. And then sometimes I do the freelance gig too. Who doesn't?

Gray Market (3, Interesting)

Jaden42 (466735) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946768)

The gray market for services has grown consistently since I moved out to the bay area. Since the dot-com flame-out and the massive spending binges have ended, it's easier to hire someone for some quick "consulting" work than to employee people full time. A lot of people I know do on-the-side consulting for a few dollars here and there. Mostly IT stuff: companies small enough to not be able to pay someone full time but big enough to need someone to call on when they are in trouble. Lots of "checking the CEO's laptop" type jobs.

You have to be careful with this kind of work, though. As the name implies, the gray market is somewhere between the black market (totally illegal) and the normal market (regulated by industry and government). Some companies will 1099 you and report what they paid you, some companies won't. It is illegal, AFAIK, to receive money for work and not report it as income.

The money can be good, but if you are unlucky enough to be caught, the back taxes can be quite expensive.


Manual Labor Rocks (1)

SanLouBlues (245548) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946769)

I know I'm not a typical programmer, but I used to deliver newspapers in addition to having a full time job. I put the papers on people's welcome mats instead of just tossing them from a moving van. The pay was lousy (2c per 20c paper plus tips), but I enjoyed it.

As for less stable side jobs: build PVRs, build dashboard computers, small site sysadmin, 3 card monte, etcetera . . . .

Side jobs (1)

dbrummer (570956) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946774)

Most of my IT side jobs stay within my field of work. I'm a network engineer for a software company, but on the side I develop web applications (php/perl w/ mysql) for various friends and family. It brings in some decent income. You might want to take a look at, but it's hard to grab any work off of there because a lot of foreign sources use that website. Find some webdesign friends that need some extra programming. -Dan

Stuff (1)

ptlis (772434) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946776)

Cleaning up Spyware from friends and family's PCs (as well as friends of friends, friends of family etc etc etc), reinstalling Windows and all associated programs (FF, Spybot, oo.o etc) when things are too borked too salvage. Setting up small home networks. Freelance website development. Generic 'computer stuff'... allsorts of junk.

Consulting (1)

jeffy210 (214759) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946779)

Consulting... what better way to get paid 3x - 4x of what you make for doing the exact same thing. :)

IN MOTHER RUSSIA... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946780)

In mother Russia, the side jobs you!

Usuall stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946783)

I hack into servers and blackmail their owners. :)

I work for the IRS (2, Funny)

robbo (4388) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946785)

I hire blue-collars for odd-jobs, pay them cash and then call the IRS. ;-)

Private Investigator (5, Interesting)

krbuck (6961) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946787)

By day I work for IBM as an engineer. By night, I'm an investigator for my wife's private investigations company [] . I get to help spy on cheating wives and husbands, catch people in insurance fraud and other such things. Probably the part I enjoy the most is when I get to make use of new electronic tools like covert GPS tracking devices etc... What I dislike are the long nights surveiling some cheating spouse or watching someone to see if they are poor parents in custody cases. Of course I also take care of the company computers (mostly Macs believe it or not).

prostitution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946789)


Military (2, Interesting)

jacobmarble (820319) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946790)

Just joined the Army National Guard, going to be a Chinese Linguist/Interrogator. Training is two years long, so I'll be doing CS stuff from a dorm room for a while. Looking forward to leaving college and "fixing other people's computer" behind for a while...

Fixing computeres.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946791)

Fixing my sister's comuter, for pennies :,-(
Fixing my parents computer, for food :,-(
Fixing my girlfriends computer, or else! :,-(

Professional Poker Player (2, Interesting)

Dharzhak (124289) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946796)

It's got flexible hours and the pay is performance based.

waiter (1)

erotic_pie (796522) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946798)

Right now I am trying to get a job as a waiter at a local sports bar on the weekends :-)

I build websites... (1)

herrison (635331) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946800)

...using technologies that my main employers won't use - a bit of money and a better cv

I Teach... (2, Interesting)

Sagz (194284) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946801)

At the local vocational school. Linux+, Fundamentals of UNIX, and Webserver development. Its a great paycheck and it keeps your skills sharp.

Get Rich... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946803)

By building assets with the money you earn in your IT job, you can actually make a decent enough amount of money to not have to worry about bills anymore. So basically, my IT job is just a tool to get me $ to make $.

What nobody admits to writing malware? (1)

BrentRJones (68067) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946809)

Someone is writing those trojans, viruses, spyware, et. al.

All the normal IT geek stuff (1)

dominyx (691595) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946813)

eBay, Web Design, Build computers, and recently, re-sell web space. Individually, not very consistant, but together, I get enough play money to afford my (expensive) gadgets.

A completely different profession (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946817)

In order to de-stress from computer-related work, I took up gardening/landscaping about ten years ago and got quite good at it and now run a small company that gets quite a bit of work throughout the summer. Unfortunately, there's not too much landscaping work being done in Canada over the Winter :-) so I rely on IT stuff for my bread and butter and gardening during the summer to pay for jam!

Reviews (1)

justechn (821584) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946820)

I program website and I do reviews for companies that send me their stuff ( [] ).

Hardware Repairs and Training (1)

thewhitenoise (812390) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946821)

...are what I do on the side. Being a college student, I jump at any opportunity I can find to supplement my part-time income. Most of the time it's house calls for older people who would much rather use a typewriter and a fax machine. On a few occassions, I've nailed a few jobs doing training on things like taking pictures from a camera and uploaded them to a website or how to use a scanner. Even at half the price the local shops charge, I'm able to make enough to fund my broadband and webhosting with just enough left over for a coke and a candy bar. I'm curious to know what everyone else does on the side. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Moonshine (4, Funny)

identity0 (77976) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946822)

Just do what schoool board members in Tennessee do... make moonshine [] . Remember to avoid the tax-man, though...

Friends and Famiy IT Support Guy (1)

Amigori (177092) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946825)

As much as I try to get away from the keyboard when I'm not at work, it seems as I'm always asked by friends and family to fix their computer(s). Depending on the problem, anywhere from a case of beer to $100 is the fee. I typically charge on the low-end ($20/hr) and they usually pay me a nice bonus because its still cheaper than taking it to a computer shop. I recently got $20 to setup my friends WiFi card in her notebook.

Off-Hours Plumbing (2, Interesting)

gseidman (97) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946828)

I wouldn't normally think of this, but I was just at my parents' house for Thanksgiving and one of their pipes sprung a leak, resulting in a puddle in the basement. (It's lucky I was there, actually, since my parents don't go to the basement with any regularity. The guest room is in the basement, however, and I noticed the puddle before it became a flood.) They tried to find a plumber the day after Thanksgiving, and all they could find was someone who wanted $240/hour for emergency service. Fortunately, I was able to patch it temporarily with some rubber and a hose clamp.

It got me thinking, though, that I could do cut-rate (only $150/hour!) emergency plumbing and significantly improve my income. I wouldn't even have to be that good, just good enough to patch things until a real plumber was available for reasonable rates. Mostly idle thinking, but...

I daytrade stocks and futures at work (2, Interesting)

SpecialAgentXXX (623692) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946831)

Of course it's against corporate policy. But while managament makes the rules, they don't know how to enforce it because us uber-geeks know how to get around all of the firewalls and network-monitoring. :-)

Seriously, I daytrade stocks and futures at the office. Been doing okay. Once I'm making more doing that compared to my IT job, I'm quitting.

my side job... (1)

corbettw (214229) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946833)

Just click the link in my sig... :)

For extra momey? I do side work to get away. (1)

jschottm (317343) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946835)

I took a break from IT work in 1999 to persue a career in sound reinforcement (ie making music loud at concerts) as well as some studio work. It was a good deal of fun and had many rewards, but after four years I detemined that IT provided certain benefits that I needed and returned to it.

I continue to work doing audio work on the side, averaging about 16 hours/week, although at this point I view it as a profitable hobby. All of the money I make gets put back into my business, so it's not something I do for money per say.

Getting out and away from computers provides me with a tremendous amount of stress refief that makes the workweek more palatable. I enjoy sysadmining and I enjoy programming, but there's a much different feel from doing something creating such as working in the arts. There's a certain reward that you get from pulling off a major event that hundreds or thousands of people get immediate enjoyment from that IT doesn't provide. Pushing up the faders as the first power chord hits the crowd and they go wild - there's nothing else like it for me. I'm just grateful that I have the opportunity to do it and get paid for it.

Even though it's hard work, doing something completely different than office work destresses me. I've been far happier working 40 hours in the office and 40 hours on the road than I am when I'm doing just 60 hours in the office.

Of course, the side perc of getting paid to go to a resort 1/4 weekends a year isn't too bad either...

Oh, and a side of IT please (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 9 years ago | (#10946836)

More IT work, neighbors with viruses/spyware, simple cleanup == quik $$$.

Upgrades to friends families computers, good for free hardware, they don't usually want the old stuff, good for building a NAT server though.

Building full systems, good for quik $$$$, or a I'll do it if you buy X part, or game X for me.

carpentry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946839)

it's nice to build things for friends. gets your out in the garage dealing with physical objects, not code.

i can make a few bucks for a shoe rack, or quite a bit for a coffee table. until i get some fancy tools, i'm stuck with fairly simple designs. but the simple tools force you to be creative, and resourceful.

wood-working is truely object oriented.

avoid it work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10946841)

Sell teeshirts that say " NO, I will not fix your computer for you"
(at least for free)

annnoying friends and family members
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