Top 5 Side Jobs

part time jobsDo you have a skill, trade, or service that you can offer to people and charge money for it? With all of the free marketing and advertising that is out there today, like craigslist and Facebook; you can easily market your services. There’s even the potential to walk around your neighborhood or town center and post ads. However you decide to market your services, keep in mind that it’s an excellent way to earn some extra money. If your budget is tight, or you simply want to capitalize on your free time, then you should take a step back and see what you are good at. Do you have any skills that people would pay money to have? Chances are you do.

1.)    Dog Walking

Typically dog walkers make their services available during the day, so it is a great job for a student or an adult who doesn’t work normal business hours. In fact, if you enjoy running, you can even charge more, since you will guarantee that the dog owners will come home to a well-rested, and more importantly, exhausted pet. Exercise is great for dogs because it keeps them calm and stimulates their wants and needs. You can charge anywhere from $10 to $20 per hour, and if you are feeling brave, you can walk multiple dogs at once. Just be forewarned that some animals might have hidden behavioral issues, so be careful if this is the direction you want to go.

2.)    Tutoring

Tutoring students has always been a lucrative profession, because you can have a direct impact on the academic success of your clients. If you have experience, or educational merit, you can charge an excellent rate for your services. However, if you are just starting out, don’t expect to get paid too much. $15-$25 per hour is typically the average for new tutors. However, you have potential to earn $50 per hour or more.

3.)    Uber Driver

This service is still relatively new, but if you have a newer model vehicle and some extra time on your hands, you could drive for Uber and start making some good supplemental income. This service is great because you can access it easily from your phone, and all the payments happen over the internet. You don’t have to deal with collecting cab fares. This job can pay up to $20 per hour, and some people do it full time.

4.)    Overnight Stocking

This position isn’t for everybody, but if you’ve ever worked in a retail setting that needs overnight stocking, like a grocery store, you’ve probably met a bunch of interesting people. Although a lot of overnight workers do work full time hours, there are multiple part time employees that are working their second job. It can be tough to get used to. However, many companies always have a need for a good stocking crew, so if you’re looking for work, try it out. It won’t pay too well, but you’ll get the hours you need.

5.)    Babysitting

Babysitting has been around for a very long time. Nowadays it’s still a valuable service, because child care is a constant need for millions of Americans. There are many ways to find babysitting jobs. You could try looking online, or canvass your neighborhood/put up fliers to advertise your service. Babysitters make $10 to $15 per hour, but just make sure you feel comfortable with your surroundings before you accept the position.

Side jobs are great for earning some income on the side. Many people use it to go on vacation, or buy something they’ve always dreamed of. For others, it’s a necessity, because the bills are racking up and the money needs to come from somewhere. The jobs above are great options, and there are many more. Get out and start advertising your services—supplemental income awaits you.

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Matthew Welch is an SEO strategist, content marketer, blog manager, and sports enthusiast from Boston, MA with a collegiate background in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Connecticut.

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