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67 Jobs That Pay Under the Table

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The subject of “jobs that pay under the table” was covered recently, but due to the massive amount of email I have received on the subject, I felt it worthwhile to revisit the issue with a fairly large list to give you some ideas that might lead you to think of some resource or skill that you can use to live a more self-dependent lifestyle. With the downturn in the economy not letting up, it looks like these recessionary times of “jobless recovery” might be a new normal. Given the culture of entitlement that government, bankers and multi-national corporations have to your hard-earned money, it comes as no surprise to me why the whole topic of working for cash under the table is a hot one these days. What follows are some more ideas to get you thinking of something that might be an out for you.
*Disclaimer: working and intentionally not declaring income is, in most cases, a federal offense. in no way endorses tax evasion. In any event, I thought it might be useful to post a list of such positions in hope that it might give some ideas on how to get some extra revenue flowing in these extraordinarily difficult times as a stop gap towards legitimate self-employment. It is highly probable that some of these ideas can lead to you establishing your own, legitimate business. If you do manage to come up with a job that pays cash, “under the table”, it allows you access to 100% of your earnings up front, as long as you pay the taxes in the next tax season, when they are due–essentially allowing you some more money up front. This information is for information and entertainment purposes only.


67 Jobs That Pay Cash Under The Table


  1. Tutoring
  2. Writing or proofreading essays for students
  3. Gardening
  4. Snow removal/snow shoveling
  5. Direct marketing online. Selling an end product which is shipped using drop shipping.
  6. Building websites.
  7. Software programming/development
  8. Nanny
  9. Babysitting
  10. Personal assistant
  11. Artisan/crafter
  12. Building trades
  13. Bicycle repair
  14. Appliance repair
  15. Personal trainer
  16. Jeweler/silversmith
  17. Accounting/Tax preparation
  18. Mover
  19. Day Labor
  20. House painter
  21. Yoga instructor
  22. Dance instructor
  23. Martial arts instruction
  24. Boxing instruction
  25. Writing articles online
  26. Affiliate marketing online
  27. Interpreter
  28. Tour guide. Giving specialized (walking) tours in an urban area to a target audience. This can be especially good if you can speak a foreign language.
  29. Antique sales
  30. Furniture refinishing.
  31. Reselling clearance items online. Quite often big box stores will sell good for up to 80% off. These items can often be sold online for a good markup, provided you have a good niche.
  32. Selling produce roadside. Growing large enough crops of fruits and vegetables can make a good side income, provided you have a good location to sell from.
  33. Handyman
  34. Marine mechanic
  35. Auto repair
  36. Rent your home or apartment to tourists
  37. Maid service
  38. Delivery service
  39. Bicycle messenger
  40. Computer repairs/custom building
  41. Pet sitter
  42. Dog walker
  43. House sitter
  44. Upholstery
  45. Carpet cleaning
  46. Janitorial work
  47. Salvage. Ripping copper and similar scrap metal out of abandoned buildings is very lucrative. In some cities I have even heard of people stealing manhole covers and selling them for scrap, which although obviously illegal, proves my point that there is money in metal.
  48. Car cleaning
  49. Yard sales
  50. Ticket scalping
  51. Photography
  52. Small engine repair. Repairing riding lawnmowers and that sort of thing can fetch some good part time income.
  53. Selling collectibles Stamps, sport card collections, etc, can all be a good vocation.
  54. Hairdresser
  55. Massage therapist
  56. Private investigation
  57. Selling firewood
  58. Street vendor
  59. Street musician/busker
  60. Food sales. Selling homemade preserves, pastries and that sort of thing at farmer’s markets is a great source of income.
  61. Tattoo artist
  62. Junk removal. If you have a pickup with an 8 foot box, this is an easy way to make a few bucks on the side. You would be surprised with the aging population, how many people need dump trips.
  63. Computer data recovery
  64. Golf lessons
  65. Cater private parties
  66. Bartend private parties
  67. Disk jockey

Hopefully, this list has your creative imagination flowing!