The Island Living expansion pack has introduced a new type of job – odd jobs! These are one-time jobs that teen and older Sims can take to earn extra money. There are a variety of jobs, such as lawn care or being someone’s wingman at a party. Jobs availability is shared, meaning that if one Sim in a household takes a job, it becomes unavailable for all Sims in the household.
Your Sims can access the online job board between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, either from their phone under the Jobs tab or from a computer under the Career submenu. Your Sim can take odd jobs even if they have a regular career, but it will be up to you to make sure you don’t have them take jobs that will conflict with their regular work schedule.
The jobs may have recommended skills – the wingman job takes charisma, for example. From what we have seen so far none of the jobs require high skill. The highest skill requirement we have seen so far is 5, and many are one or two points in the applicable skill, or even zero skill required.
Some jobs are rabbit holes, but some are active. There are several active odd jobs we have found so far, and while Sims in all neighborhoods can take the odd jobs, all the active odd jobs take place in Sulani, so your Sim will have to travel there if they do not already live there.
Once your Sim has taken one of the active odd jobs, they will be given a task or tasks and have a certain amount of time to complete it. For example, There is a beach cleanup job where your Sim has to successfully clean a beach in Sulani of trash three times. Note that this seems to mean that you have to find “trash” for it to count. One of our Sims found two Eyes of Sulani while cleaning the beach, and those did not count towards the job.
If they successfully complete the job in the allotted time frame, they will be paid and their odd jobs rating goes up. If they do not, then they don’t get paid and their rating goes down. Rating seems to affect how much your sim is paid and the size of your Sims’ tips. If they fail, they will receive a small payment for the work they did and their odd jobs rating will decrease.
For the rabbit hole jobs, your Sim is given a start time for the job, which is usually the top of the next hour after they take the job, and then they go off “to work”. Each of these jobs takes at least a few hours, so if your Sim has another job you’ll need to plan accordingly, or they’ll be late for their regular job. Once they return you’ll get a message that they succeeded or failed and your Sim will be paid and their odd job rating adjusted up or down.
Overall the odd jobs seem to be a great way for Sims to make a bit of extra money – none of the jobs are high-paying jobs, but they also don’t require a lot of skill – and work on their own schedule. We can see these jobs being a great way for a beach bum Sim who lives off the grid (although they will have to go to someplace that has internet to see the jobs – they can’t access the online job board on an off the grid lot) to make a few Simoleans.