US Workers Juggle Chainsaws, Donate Plasma to Pay Bills

August 3, 2009

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As household budgets grow increasingly tighter in the current recession economy, one in 10 US workers now reports taking on a second job in the last year to help make ends meet, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder.

Though many second jobs are logical fits with workers’ skills and abilities, a number of employees also noted that they have resorted to more unconventional work to help pay the bills.

Among the most unusual second jobs revealed in the survey:

  • Made Star Wars costumes for people.
  • Donated blood plasma.
  • Researched stories for a gossip columnist.
  • Won money on a game show.
  • Juggled chainsaws in a talent competition.
  • Posed for an art class.
  • Worked as a tarot card reader.
  • Took notes in class for college students.
  • Took items from the a “lost & found” and sold them online.
  • Gave people in the office hair cuts.
  • Worked as a movie extra.
  • Participated in product testing for bandages.
  • Played in poker tournaments.
  • Participated in university research studies.
  • Used a portable propane burner to heat oil, and sold catfish dinners on front porch of home.

About the survey: This survey was conducted online within the US by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder among 4,478 workers (employed full-time; not self-employed; non government); ages 18+. Field dates were May 22 – June 10, 2009.


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