Millennials may get a bad rap for their love of avocado toast - but they’re masters of the gig economy, taking advantage of the flexibility side hustles can offer. Part-time work is a great way to put some extra cash in your pocket, so if you’re looking for some creative ideas while on the job search, read on.
1. Dog Walker
Apps like Rover and Wag connect would-be dog walkers and pet sitters with clients, matching their profiles to ensure a good fit. Gigs can be one timers or recurring; payment is made directly through the app.
Working with a company that offers house cleaning services means you’ll vacuum, dust, mop, and make your client’s house squeaky clean. Perfect for someone who likes a clean house and doesn’t mind a little dirty work.
Elderly, housebound, or disabled people may need a helping hand, so you’ll provide transportation, do light housework, and help with meals and errands. You’ll probably also add a ray of sunshine to your client’s life by providing some welcome company as a caregiver.
If you like getting on the floor to play games and love little ones, babysitting is a great way to make some extra moolah. Parents love having a regular sitter, so if you don’t mind giving up nights and weekends, sitting might be a good fit for you.
5. Hotel Maid
It takes a team to run a hotel, from the front desk to the cleaning crew. Swap out sheets and towels or deliver room service or any of the other myriad jobs that need doing, and the hotel biz can be a great part-time gig.
6. Virtual Assistant
As a virtual assistant, you’ll help clients cross things off their to-do list, from booking flights to sending thank you notes. You may be in charge of scheduling, paying bills, or clearing your client’s email inbox, and best of all you can do it all remotely.
The first person someone sees when they come to an office should be a smiling receptionist to greet them. If you’re friendly, outgoing, and can handle tasks like light filing, mail duty, and incoming phone calls, you’ll make a great office gatekeeper.
8. Administrative Assistant
If you’re organized, this could be the gig for you. Like its remote counterpart, the in-house admin assistant will manage scheduling, travel, even ordering catered lunches - whatever is needed to support the office staff.
If you’re good at debugging a virus and diagnosing computer problems, information technology could be for you. It’s a great way to earn some part-time cash with companies in a jam that don’t have (or need) a full time IT staffer.
10. Temp Work
Plenty of creative industries, from advertising agencies to large lifestyle companies, may need part-time contractors to do anything from proofreading ad copy and cross-checking facts, to making scouting calls and creating copy for travel brochures. Agencies specializing in creative contract assignments can be your go-to.
11. Customer Service Representative
People generally aren’t in their happy place when they’re calling to complain to a customer service rep, but if you’re a natural problem solver and good at talking people down and fixing the issues, this could be a fit for you.
Calling people to sell them something or solicit contributions can be a hard sell, but if you can get over being hung up on and persist, being a telemarketer can be a lucrative gig.
13. Content Marketer/Blogger
Businesses need blog posts to engage their customers and drive their SEO and secure their place in the Googlesphere. If you can write promotional material for a company, being a content marketer/blogger is for you - plus, you can do it from home in your PJs.
Helping people check out at a store (or basically any business with a point of sale) is quick, easy work that involves little more than ringing up purchases, swiping cards, and making change, with a smile on your face. Cashiers are especially in demand around the holidays.
15. Retail Sales Associate
Being a retail sales associate will keep you on your toes, literally. Your job will be to engage customers, help them find what they need, and likely get them to explore things that are the perfect addition to what they came in looking for.
16. Airbnb Host
Make your spare room work for you by becoming an Airbnb host. The online profile is easy to use, you can screen potential guests, and manage the calendar to your needs. This is great for those who live in a desirable location, say, near a concert venue, where guests have access to activities.
17. Online Teacher
Remote, online classes are growing in popularity, from virtual English teachers with students around the globe to subject-specific courses managed 100% online. If you can monitor your students’ work and progress, being an online teacher is a great remote job with flexible hours.
Have a subject you always excelled at that you can help someone struggling with? Were you the go-to in class when a classmate didn’t get it? Tutoring might be for you. Tutors earn a relatively high hourly rate, can meet in libraries or cafes with students, and help them study the topic challenging them.
19. Substitute Teacher
You’ll need a special license and be willing to get early-morning assignment calls, but stepping in for a teacher while they’re out helps you earn a great daily wage. Teachers will book you for consistent and even long-term gigs as long as you’re able to manage the class and apply the lesson plan.
20. Test Prep Instructor
High schoolers (or even some college students in certain programs) are expected to take rigorous tests like the SAT, MCAT, and LSAT. If you’re a good standardized test taker and can talk others through success tips, being a test prep instructor might be the gig for you.
21. Test Proctor/Test Grader
Can you administer a timed test and supervise wandering eyes? Can you follow a score sheet and grade finished tests? These jobs can earn a solid hourly wage without huge effort and may even be done at home in certain cases.
22. Teacher's Assistant
If you’re interested in a teaching career but not ready to take the full-time plunge, consider being a teacher’s assistant. You’ll learn hands-on from the pros with an inside look, plus offer vital support for teachers.
23. Daycare Provider
Sure, toddlers can be challenging at times, but they’re also cute, lovable, and a lot of fun. If you can help with playing, story time, naps, and snacking, working at a daycare might be for you.
Even without a degree in Library Arts, public and university libraries need people to run community outreach programs like lectures and story time, process materials check-out and check-in, manage patron accounts, and shelve books. If you’re a bookworm who likes a quiet environment, being a librarian could be the gig for you.
You’ll need some training to be a lifeguard, but the pay is decent and the hours are flexible. Get a gig over the summer and soak up some rays or go to a year-round pool, where you’ll keep an eye on recreational swimmers.
26. Back of House
One of the most in demand and understaffed areas of employment, working the back of house will teach important kitchen and restaurant skills. Prepping food for caterers or restaurants can be demanding, on your feet work, but can be rewarding, too.
Whether taking orders and serving food or clearing tables for the next guest, the tips for servers and bussers can be lucrative. Even lunch shifts of a few hours at a fine dining establishment can bring home the bacon.
28. Baker/Cake Decorator
If long nights aren’t your cup of tea but you still love working in the restaurant industry, consider working as a baker. Shifts begin before the crack of dawn and leave the day to you. Decorating cakes require a few tricks, but is a great job for someone who likes hands-on work. Bonus: you’ll always smell like freshly baked goods.
If you like hip cafes and slinging joe, you can help people with their morning wake up routine. If you like working with people and can memorize drink recipes, stock a pastry counter, and keep the coffee shop clean, being a barista can be a great way to earn some cash. Hours are fairly flexible and some may even offer benefits (beyond free coffee drinks).
30. Events Staff
Events coordinators need able bodies to do everything from set up and break down tables and chairs, pass hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and at large festivals or concerts, manage a variety of tasks, from scanning entry tickets to clean up. A great gig if you like variety, free entertainment or food, and evening hours.
Can you manage the complicated dance of seating arrangements, reservations, and preferred seating? Can you look professional, greet guests politely, and bring them to their seats? Believe it or not, hosts in some upscale eateries earn more than folks with a salaried job.
32. Uber or Lyft Driver
As a driver, you’ll shuttle people from point A to point B, learning your city’s streets like the back of your hand. You’ll meet new people, earn some dough, and set your own work hours, too.
33. Food Delivery Driver
While some restaurants still employ their own drivers, plenty of companies like Grubhub, Caviar, and Postmates hire drivers to pick up from restaurants and deliver meals to clients’ doors. You’ll get paid by your company but likely get tips from your hungry (and happy) clients.
34. Valet Driver
If you like luxury cars, don’t mind being outside regardless of the weather, can pull off a 2-point parking job and retrieve a car in minutes, working as a valet at a hotel, country club, or restaurant might be for you. In addition to base pay, generous guests leave hefty tips for taking care of their favorite toys.