Are you in need of some extra coin, but do not want the hassle of a permanent second job? Why not try a casual job? Even with the slow economy, casual jobs are still easy to find.

What is a casual job anyway? Well, casual jobs are jobs which are completed in a matter of hours to days. They are generally do not offer continuous part time employment, but are more closely related to event staff hired for a few hours to several days.

Why should I consider a casual job? The benefits are numerous and go far beyond the monetary rewards. I love casual jobs or gigs for a couple of reasons. The first is really easy to explain for any parent or busy person; you can not beat the flexibility. Second, you will usually get paid right away, often in cash. If you hate either the job or people around you it just does not matter, you'll be done in a day or so anyway. I work when I want, and don't work if I don't feel like it.

Where can I find casual work? I have a bunch of places I look for easy work opportunities. Craigslist is a good place to start. Also, the classified sections of your local newspaper or online versions of the college paper closest to you are excellent resources for very short term work. You will find more listings here during the holidays, although the offers are frequent at other times of the year as well. I also talk to the others on the same job as me, and you will get sometimes get leads from them.

How's the money? Wages vary from job to job, although I have often been asked back for other projects later in the month or referred on to others with similar opportunities when I did a good job. Once I got a good reputation as a reliable, hard worker the wages did come up. But overall, the money is not bad, generally a few bucks an hour over minimum wage.

What else do I need to know? Casual work is really a lot of fun. I get to work with different people most of the time and my work assignments are greatly varied. No worry about burnout or being bored and stuck in a rut while working. What I really love is that all you need to do to make a good work day out of it is be pleasant, willing to do a good job, responsible and a bit of humor isn't such a bad thing either. You need minimal skills and the right attitude, that's about it.

Casual work is the best for having fun, flexibility and a good selection of work tasks. Try it rather than a regular part time job when you find yourself in need of extra money. I had one of my couple of hour assignments turn into an on-call position that I have happily enjoyed for a few years now. You never know who you will meet, or what opportunities may be just around the corner.