Whether you’re a college student trying to put yourself through school, a stay-at-home parent who would like to bring in some extra income, or a professional who has recently seen wages or hours cut, part-time jobs can really help to bridge the gap between your current income and your needs. However, many traditional part-time jobs can barely feel worth the time and effort once payday comes along.
Part-Time Jobs that Pay
Skip the opportunities not worth your time. Here are some great part-time opportunities that will help with your bottom line:
1. Tipped jobs. In particular, working evenings and weekends at a popular eatery or bar can be a great job for a personable and outgoing server. Good waiters and waitresses can take home as much as $150 or more in tips on a good night and that is on top of the (admittedly low) hourly wage you earn. In fact, I roomed in graduate school with a girl who worked at a popular campus bar, and she once brought home over $300 in one night’s tips. Obviously, this is not the norm, but it is still possible to do very well as a server.
2. Fitness instructor. If you are a gym rat and consistent fixture at the local yoga or pilates studio, consider getting certified to teach classes and provide personal training. You will need to get official certification in order to teach, but it is well worth it for the fitness buff. Instructors can earn anywhere from $12-$30 per hour for classes, and a great deal more for personal training. If you’re going to the gym you might as well get paid for it!
3. Bank teller. If you have any background with finance or handling money becoming a part-time bank teller can be a great job. Bank tellers generally start between $9 and $12 per hour depending on experience, and nearly a quarter of tellers work only part-time hours. This job would be perfect for a stay-at-home parent with school age kids as you can work “banker’s hours” and still be able to be there for your children after school.
4. Tutoring. College students in particular can help to pad both their resumes and their wallets by hiring themselves out as private tutors. Hour-long tutoring sessions can help either struggling high school students or fellow college students, and you can charge between $10 and $20 per hour.
5. Tax Preparer. If you have a background in accounting (and even if you don’t!) working as a tax preparer can be a great seasonal opportunity. Several companies, such as H & R Block and Jackson Hewitt, offer tax preparation courses to give you the background necessary to help others prepare their taxes. Though you could end up working full time hours in March and early April each year, the work is seasonal and lucrative. Depending on whether you work for a firm or simply freelance, you can earn between $10 an hour (plus commissions) with a major firm and nearly $80 per hour on your own.
Emily Guy Birken is a freelance writer, recovering English teacher, and stay-at-home-mom. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, with her mechanical engineer husband and infant son. Her musings on life and parenting can be found at The SAHMnambulist.