Making ends meet can be difficult, particularly if you live in a big, expensive city like Toronto or Vancouver. The cost of living is increasing, and salaries are not always keeping up. To cover expenses, more and more people have started taken on part-time jobs.
But not all part-time jobs are created equal. Here are 12 surprisingly high-paying part-time jobs.
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 TheRideShareGuy.com told Time magazine. “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.”
Web designer: Web designers can earn between $20-$150 per hour. In the aforementioned Time article, Josh Lindenmuth, CIO with the payroll company Payce, Inc. describes a 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.
Translator: Pay ranges for translation work vary between $14/hr on the low end to $55/hr on the high end. Before all you multi-lingual keeners start putting deposits down on Tuscan villas, remember that translation can be much more challenging than it seems, requiring a strong mastery of two languages, as well as an ability to write.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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