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12 surprisingly high-paying part-time jobs

Written by Elizabeth Bromstein
Posted on January 18, 2016

Making ends meet can be difficult, even with full-time work, particularly if you live in a big, expensive city like Toronto or Vancouver.

Maybe your hours have been cut, or maybe your bills are already covered but you want more cash for vacations, shoes and gadgets. Whatever the case, lots of people have to take on part-time jobs to cover expenses. Teachers and small business owners often have to find more employment. Life’s hard.

But not all part-time jobs are created equal. Here are some suggestions that can pay better than average and offer other advantages as well.

Rideshare driver: Rideshare drivers earn between $15-$30 an hour on average. You’ll need a reliable vehicle, smartphone, and to pass a background check. “Over the past year, we’ve seen a huge influx of drivers and a few rate cuts so while it’s not as lucrative as it once was,” drivers can still make good money, Harry Campbell, publisher of tells Time. “Generally, the bigger the city, the better the money.” He says drivers tend to make the most money on Friday and Saturday nights. Best of all, he says this work offers “immense flexibility.”

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Web Designer: Time lists the pay for web designers at $20-$150, so at the upper end you can do quite well for yourself. Josh Lindenmuth, CIO with the payroll company Payce, Inc. tells Time her know one designer who earns over $15,000 a month on the side. “Designers with strong portfolios can make incredible money, particularly if they team up with small website marketing firms that build/maintain websites for small- and medium- (sized) businesses,” Lindenmuth says.

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Translator: Put your ability to write in another language to work. Translators are paid approximately $27 an hour. Pay ranges from $14/hr on the low end to $55/hr on the high end. French speakers are going to be in big demand in Canada, but if you speak, say, Afrikaans or Finnish, the competition won’t be as fierce.

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Waiter: There’s a reason actors and musicians make their livings as waiters. It pays the bills. It’s pretty much impossible to average out what servers make, considering how widely it ranges but suffice to say that if you get a good gig, you can do really well on minimum wage plus tips, certainly topping $20 an hour. One bar waitress I know made $100,000 a year. But that was full time. Don’t be crazy.

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See also: Confessions of the $100,000 waitress.

Bartender: Similarly, slinging drinks can net you a pretty penny, particularly in busy places. Plenty of bartenders can make about $1000 working three nights a week. So, it’s great work if you can get it.

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Editor/Writer: A good freelance editor, who may work on anything from books, to magazines, to websites, will earn about $40-$60 per hour, though, often you’ll find yourself working on a per project basis. The good news is you set the rate. Some editors may also ask for retainers or a daily rate. Some may also work for less – say $30/hr – which is worth it if the work from one client is regular. It saves on the hustle, which eats time. Freelance writers, meanwhile, can earn hundreds to thousands of dollars per month.

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Tutor: If you were a wiz with any particular subject at school – math? science? French? – you can put this to work helping out kids who are struggling. While the internet suggests the average hourly wage for a private tutor is about $27 an hour, I know people who have charged $40-$60 an hour.

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Fitness instructor: Trainers can work in gyms, their own studios or in client homes. According to Payscale, the average pay for a Personal Trainer is $20 per hour. But most I know actually average $30/hr and, for in-home personal training sessions, $75-$100/hr. This job does require specific training and certification, the level and intensity of which varies depending on the physical discipline – yoga, aerobics, weights etc. – which does cost time and money itself.

Music teacher: If you play an instrument, like piano or guitar, well enough to teach others, there’s good money to be made giving music lessons. The pay varies widely, beginning at around $12 for a half hour, while one drum teacher tells me the standard rate for private lessons is $50/hr and up. Very experienced and in-demand teachers can charge $100-$150 an hour. Probably more.

Social Media Strategist: The social media expert is, as we know, a dying job title. This is because as businesses become more accustomed to social media, it will be less of a specialized skill and more of a common one. In the interim, however, Social media strategists can make some good coin. The job involves updating Facebook, Twitter, and other sites for companies. It’s unclear what it works out to per hour but people tend to charge $500-$1500 a month, so if you can score a couple of clients, you can do quite well on a part-time basis.

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Computerized College Note Taker: Note takers attend classes and type notes for deaf students. I’m informed by an acquaintance who used to do this that at one college note takers can earn $36 an hour after the first year. And you get to learn stuff at the same time.

Dog Walker: Being great with man’s best friend is something you can turn into great part time income. If a dog walker charges $16 for an hour-long group walk and walks 3-5 dogs at a time, once a day four days a week, that’s nothing to sniff at. For private half-hour walks you can charge $20-$25. You should check the laws for licensing and insurance in your city, as cops do hand out tickets for infractions. Know that caring for people’s furry loved ones is a serious commitment, though, not to be taken lightly.

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