These are the words from a fellow networker who was conveying what happened to a dear friend of hers. A young man knocked on her door and he said he was visiting his grandmother next door. She decided to bake cookies but after starting, she realized she had no sugar. The woman found this odd but ignored her instinct and gave the young man a cup of sugar. She lived alone. 40 minutes later, he returned, cup in hand and when she answered her door this time…he bashed her over the head with a baseball bat. She managed to fight her way away from him, fled to the bedroom, locked the door and called 9-1-1. Unfortunately, he was able to break down bedroom the door, beat her and rape her. He shattered the bones in her face. This is not a story with a happy ending. Here at workbdone, all of our “worker bees” a.k.a. independent contractors MUST PASSS a 3rd party criminal background check. This is non-negotiable. I’ve been asked about whether I believe in forgiveness and also people’s ability to change. My answer is yes to both. I have forgiven a lot in my lifetime. I’ve been cheated on, I’ve been stolen from (money and ideas), I’ve been lied to and wronged in many ways as I’m sure most people have as well. I have forgiven it all. That’s my way of not carrying dead weight and harboring ill will. I certainly believe in one’s ability to change and I hope that change is for the better. I’ve seen people quit alcohol, lose weight, go back to school, etc… I’ve seen the good in people who made massive strides by turning to God and turning over a new leaf. All that said, we will always err on the side of caution when it comes to our customers. We believe that we must take precaution when it comes to who you allow into your home. The interesting piece here is that the people who are registering with us are happy to have this way of separating themselves from other competitors. The people who can pass the background check are happy to apply and chomping at the bit to find work. Others question why we are not more forgiving. Here’s the bottom line. If we can prevent just one person from being violated, stolen from or worse, than that is what truly matters to us. We have already heard from a man who wanted to sign up with us to find some odd jobs and side work. He is a convicted felon, so he is simply not eligible. There are many programs and companies who work with those who have been incarcerated/felons. We don’t begrudge people the opportunity to do so, however our platform is simply not one of them. Read More

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How Much Money Can I Earn With A Side Hustle

As you easily imagine, the question, “how much money can I earn with a side hustle” comes up very frequently. After all, while some folks are engaged in their side hustle because they enjoy the project and would do it even if there was no payment involved, most people have a side hustle because they want to earn extra money, plain and simple. The answer is based on a few important criteria, including: It depends on how much time you are available to work Clearly, the more hours you work, the more money you can make. Some people have very little time to put into their side hustle because they have many other commitments, yet they still find that the money afforded by their side hustle provides enough for some “extras” or to cover some of their monthly expenses. Other folks devote a significant amount of time to their side hustle and spend many hours during the weekdays and weekends working as much as they can. It’s totally up the individual and his or her specific needs and wants. It depends on the type of work that you do Some side hustles pay more than others. Jobs that require specific skills and/or certifications will typically pay more than jobs that are more straightforward. A side hustle that entails waiting for the “cable company” or for furniture to be delivered will pay less than someone that can do electrical work, power washing, or paint the outside of a home. It depends on how “serious” you are about the side hustle Many people treat their side hustle like they are business owners, and it makes sense. They are proud of their work and what they are able to accomplish. They enjoy using their skills and talents and are committed to doing the very best job possible. In fact, some people take the skills they use at their “regular” job and use the same skills for their side hustle. So, the “real” answer is that YOU play a role in how high your earnings can be. It’s realistic to think that you can earn $1000./month and perhaps more depending on your hours and skills, or less income taking the same criteria into consideration. Once thing is for certain and that’s you’re in charge of how far this can take you. For many people, that factor alone, is very attractive. Sign up at Workbdone.com and start cashing in on your skills. Read More

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If you had your choice, what would you most like to do on the weekends? Play golf? Go to a BBQ? Spend time with the kids? Treat yourself to a spa day? These things sound great, don’t they? After all, weekends are supposed to provide us with an opportunity to kick back and have fun. That is unless much of the weekend includes washing your cars, cleaning the house, pulling weeds, or any of the myriad of things we have to do, but don’t necessarily like to do. A weekend spent doing indoor and outdoor chores is not usually considered a fun-filled and relaxing weekend. Sure, it feels great when the chores are completed, but doing the work, not so much. And sometimes finding the time to do these things or having the stamina or capabilities to execute them can be elusive, leaving some things that NEED to get done remaining undone week after week after week. Seeing those chores looming in your future can be depressing. It’s a stressor that most people don’t need. Here are some important things to keep top of mind: Don’t overestimate your capabilities for the chores that need doing and run the risk of hurting yourself. Don’t put off chores that can get worse the longer you wait. Consider bringing in someone to do the projects for you. (WorkBDone, anyone?:) Be rigorous when selecting a resource so that you get the quality work you want. (WorkBDone, anyone?:) Spend your weekends indulging in activities that make you happy. Create a win-win situation for yourself and someone that wants a side hustle by letting them do the work for you. Read More

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Whew. It’s been “quite a year,” hasn’t it, and frankly, it isn’t over yet. Things are still very much “up in the air” and insecurities abound, especially about work. Will my business continue to survive? Will I be able to hold on to my job? How can I get a new job when I’m finally going back to school? Work challenges and financial insecurity are an unfortunate fact of life for many people. But there is good news and a way out of this insecurity. “Side hustles” have been around forever. Often referred to back in the day as “second jobs” they were a way to “make ends meet” and also to provide the funds to purchase those extras for the holidays and special days. It was a tad haphazard; after all, there wasn’t a “side hustle” section in the Help Wanted section of the newspaper and somehow, the part-time jobs that were listed often didn’t offer the flexibility that most people required. Fast forward to today when having a side hustle has gained the recognition and popularity it deserves, and for good reasons too: Opportunity for Additional income Many working people can find themselves short of funds if something extraordinary occurs. Car repairs, unreimbursed medical expenses, and a wedding that can come out of the blue are all things that will turn a bank account and monthly budget on its ear. Being strapped for much-needed money is stressful, and can undermine health, relationships, and turn an already challenging situation even more problematic. Provides for Security and Peace of Mind Regardless of What Happens With Your Day Job You never know when something unexpected can happen. The unforeseen situation might not have the magnitude of the Covid 19 pandemic, but there are all sorts of things that can make your employment and overall financial security uncertain. For instance, your employer might relocate or suffer a financial downturn through no fault of your own, or you may no longer be able to work the same number of hours due to caregiving responsibilities, or any of a hundred other circumstances that can come out of nowhere and make your your “day job” tenuous. The Convenience of Taking On Work When It Fits Into Your Schedule Work when you want and if you want – wow - that has a good ring to it, doesn’t it? A side hustle provides the flexibility to work when it is convenient for you to do so. Our lives are complicated and filled with a myriad of responsibilities. Flexibility is key and having a side hustle offers you the freedom to carve out the type of work-life balance that best suits your personal circumstances. Bottom-line, side hustles are being sought after by people across all walks of life, and it is probable that they will continue to increase as more and more people realize that having a single source of income leaves them too vulnerable and at the mercy of circumstances that are totally out of their control. Being confident and feeling empowered is where it is at! Read More

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