There are many reasons to seek out part-time work, instead of a job with traditional “9 to 5” hours. You may need a flexible schedule to work around school or family commitments.
It might be that you already have one job, and are hoping to supplement your income to reach your savings goals or to pay off a debt. For many workers, the ideal part-time job will be one you can easily complete, with little formal training required. For others, the main goal is to find the highest-paying work possible.
Finding the best part-time job for you may mean looking at abilities you already possess, either professional or personal. You may be good at a particular, practical skill or find it very easy to work with people. You may even have an asset you could take advantage of, like a reliable car. Using these factors as guidelines, you can find the best possible part-time job for your needs.
Working in a restaurant or a coffee shop is one of the best-known options for part-time work. The work is often relatively easy, and generally adapts well to a flexible schedule. Depending on where you work, you may be able to significantly boost your earnings with tips. Waiting tables may be an easy job to obtain, although working as a host or hostess may bring higher job satisfaction. Working as a bartender might pay even better, particularly if you have good interpersonal skills, and become known by the patrons of your bar.
Other food and beverage jobs may take you out of a serving environment, and into a sales position. If you are skilled at cooking, you might find a position demonstrating food products and equipment for customers at a retail store.
Because child care jobs are generally arranged around parents’ or school schedules, they are often part-time positions. Caring for a child after school as a nanny or a babysitter can be rewarding and well-paid, part-time work if you are good with children. You might also find work helping at a childcare center, or as a camp counselor during vacation time, especially if you are a student.
Some positions within schools are also part-time, such as a library, gym or classroom monitoring, or helping at an after-school care program. If you have experience in education, you may be able to find a position as a part-time tutor. These duties may be combined with those of child care or babysitting, depending on the skills you have to offer.
Housesitting and pet sitting are often extremely easy jobs, provided you are well organized and responsible. Housesitting can be particularly simple, although it may involve some day-to-day caretaking tasks. Frequently, all it may require is your presence in the home.
If you are good with animals, you could also consider becoming a pet sitter or a care provider. Sometimes, housesitting will also mean taking care of an animal, for example. You may also be able to turn your home into a kennel, hosting pets while their owners are elsewhere. Walking dogs is also a viable source of income, and may work very well when you need to plan your own hours. You might even be able to find work using a dog-walking app.
A part-time sales job at a retail store is often relatively easy to find. If you manage to find one selling items in which you have some personal interest or expertise, the job may also provide immense professional satisfaction. For example, a wine enthusiast could find great success in selling wine or other drinks to customers and clients.
Other sales jobs include the position of sales representative, in which you would sell items from a producer to a company, business or organization. As in retail, you may also have the opportunity to increase your earnings through sales commissions. Another well-paid sales job to consider for part-time hours is a real estate agent. You will need to be licensed by your state, and your sales will depend on local housing markets, but you may be able to earn a significant amount of money, possibly even competing with some full-time salaries.
If you are good driver and have reliable transportation of your own, you could find work making deliveries. The need for delivery drivers crosses almost every industry, and you may be able to deliver anything from newspapers to flowers on a daily basis. Some of these positions will even allow you to determine your own hours or schedule.
Stocking the merchandize delivered to stores is also a commonly available job. Part-time, flexible positions might be found working for an external vendor that requires products to be stocked at various sites or stores.
As the healthcare industry grows, so do the number of part-time jobs associated with it. You may find work in sales, customer service, office administration and more. In-home care, such as elderly care, is also a growing field lending itself to part-time hours.
If you have experience in exercise and fitness training, you may be able to find work as a fitness trainer. This will require some expertise in a particular aspect of fitness or sport. Your hours could be spent training individual clients on a flexible basis, or you may teach scheduled classes. Massage therapy is another health-related field allowing part-time work. You might train to provide relaxation, pain relief or a number of other specialities.
There a huge number of freelance jobs available, in a variety of fields. Many jobs can be easily found online or through specialized apps, allowing you to choose your clients and set your own schedule. Some of the most popular freelance jobs include:
Note that some of the above freelance jobs will allow you to work from home, and to set your own work hours, which could be ideal if you are an independent self-starter.