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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602390339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602390331
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,828,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Abigail R. Gehring is the editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency, and author of Odd Jobs and Dangerous Jobs. She’s practiced living self-sufficiently since her childhood in Vermont, being home-schooled, home-canning jams and jellies, and enjoying natural crafts. She lives in New York City and Windham, Vermont.

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Abigail R. Gehring is the author or editor of several books on country living skills, cooking, and baking. She's practiced living simply since her childhood in Vermont, helping build a log cabin, home-canning jams and jellies, and enjoying natural crafts. She's also the author of "Odd Jobs," "Dangerous Jobs," and "The Simple Joys of Grandparenting."


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John J. Browne on May 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Odd Jobs is a wonderful read. The book consists of brief two page snapshots of various odd jobs (and some are really odd) by which one could earn some extra money. The job profiles are written in a light, entertaining style and include valuable information, such as approximate pay scale and start up costs (many of which are zero), to the plus and minuses of the particular job. The descriptions also include Website addresses for more detailed information about the job described.

The odd jobs covered in this book range from the common; dogwalker and catering waiter/waitress, to the exotic; skydiving cameraman in New Zealand and kayak instructor in the San Juan Islands, to the utterly bizarre such as human scarecrow or vacuum lint miner. Most enjoyable are the author's own stories scattered through the book of her own odd job experiences. This book should be purchased by anyone interested in usual and unusual ways of earning extra money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim Tolpin on June 19, 2007
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Cause if you don't love your work, you will be miserable for at least 8 hours out of every day. If you are currently seeking a job that will bring some adventure, fun and challenge into your life (and maybe even some money as a perk!) do yourself a favor and read this book...you might just find the vocation you've been looking for (and so what if its an odd one!!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mcdonnell on May 7, 2007
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Whether you are looking for a creative way to pay your bills or just want to supplement your full-time job with some extra cash, ODD JOBS is a clear and resourceful tool for discovering unique ways to make money. Gehring's witty prose and clear instructions provide a perfect roadmap for a job that's out of the ordinary. Read the book and then get to work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Salter on December 12, 2007
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This collection of "Odd Jobs" had some great ideas that I hadn't thought of. In providing workforce development services, I find individuals who are interested in starting their own businesses or becoming self-employed. This book helps one think "outside the box" and gets creative juices flowing to generate other ideas one could look for "odd jobs".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan R. Parys on May 18, 2007
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Let's face it, manual-style books with calls to action are often action-less. ODD JOBS is not such a stereotype. It blends well-crafted nonfiction with practical advice in a highly attainable way. Whether you're desperate for cash and need solid advice, or just need some fascinating reading to help you relax, this book will accomplish all of the above. And even if it doesn't move you to try your hand at some of these jobs, Gehring's tale of working with an elderly gentleman and his wife stands out as a solid piece of nonfiction bliss (not to mention the many other accounts worthy of this description).
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