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I sometimes write university projects for students and fix friends' computers, sometimes for money. I call things I do for myself personal projects, personal work, personal act, etc.

What adjective should I use to call those things I do for others? Impersonal and nonpersonal do not sound good.

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If you get paid for them, they could be called jobs, or commissions. If not, they're favours. – FumbleFingers Nov 1 '11 at 14:44
If you get paid for writing university projects for students, this could be unethical. – Hugo Nov 1 '11 at 14:53
@FumbleFingers: I'm not doing them by force, so they are not comissions. The're not my primary "job", and sometimes I have no interest in the subject so it couldn't be my "favourite". – Hossein Nov 1 '11 at 15:05
@Hugo: Are you a university professor? :) – Hossein Nov 1 '11 at 15:07
I don't think accepting a paid commission implies you're "forced" to do it. But if it's important to make that distinction then all OP's paid work outside his primary job could be either favours if the money isn't particularly important, or sidelines if the extra money is significant and welcome. – FumbleFingers Nov 1 '11 at 15:20
up vote 4 down vote accepted


If you're labeling folders or the like, I'd probably just stick with Other.

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It's a good word but i thought meaning of "Extracurricular" has a taste of sports and physical activities? – Hossein Nov 1 '11 at 14:53
I describe many of my non-work related activities as extracurricular even if they're not sports-related (band practice, web design). Technically, the word just means anything outside of the curriculum (for whatever curriculum you are prescribing). – saritonin Nov 1 '11 at 14:58
I accept this answer, thanks. Sideline and external were also good suggestions. – Hossein Nov 11 '11 at 12:57

You could contrast personal projects with external projects.

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I would think that as opposed to personal projects you could be doing public projects, especially if you don't take any pay for them. You are working to improve the public good, just as you'd be working toward improving your own situation on the personal projects.

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Pro bono describes projects for which you don't charge. However, if you charge, you could refer to your work as freelance.

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