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Struggling to Make More Money? These 20 High-Paying Part-Time Jobs Can Help You Out

Struggling to Make More Money? These 20 High-Paying Part-Time Jobs Can Help You Out

The working landscape has drastically changed.

We are firmly in the age of start ups. Everyone is an entrepreneur and wants to forge their own path. Traditional jobs are viewed as mind numbing, creativity stealing prisons that enslave the soul. Working a regular job–the good ole nine-to-five is considered old school and has been replaced by maintaining multiple side hustles. We are ambitious DIY-ers, content curators, and creatives and we all want to be our own boss.

While being an entrepreneur is very trendy and the “it” thing to do, it is also very hard and extremely risky. And the struggle of trying making ends meet–especially in the infancy stages of building your brand and making your mark–can be demoralizing.

A great way to– somewhat–maintain your work independence and still survive financially is to work a part time job. Below is a list of 20 side hustles that can help supplement your income or sustain you between ventures:

1. Tutoring

    The possibilities here are endless. You get to set your own hours and pick the days you work. You can work for a company or freelance and you can set your own fees. You can select the subject matter and student age you feel most comfortable with and your work can be hands on or you can tutor online. You can work as much or as little as you like. Getting started is quick and no experience or special skills are required. If you have a knack for helping others learn–this is the perfect side gig for you.

    2. Substitute Teaching

    I know, I know… substitute teaching is everyone’s nightmare. But, if you can get past the stigma and find a decent school district in your area, you could make quite a bit of dough. Subbing is a flexible, fairly well paying side job that doesn’t require a lot of time, money, energy or expertise to do. You do have to pass a background check, get fingerprinted, and supply references–but you will be working with children. As with tutoring, you are able to pick the age range of the students with which you will work. It is a great way to fill the gap if you find yourself between projects.

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    3. Rideshare Driver (Uber/Lyft)

      Rideshare drivers earn between $15-$30 an hour on average depending on where you are located. All you need to get started is a reliable vehicle (that is less than 10 years old), smartphone, and to pass a background check. You set your own hours and work only when you are available. Location is the key driver to earning big bucks in this job. The bigger the city, the higher the pay.

      4. Waiter/Waitress

      There’s a reason actors and musicians work in the restaurant business before they make it big– it pays the bills! You can make a pretty penny waiting tables. Earnings, of course are dependent on factors such as the type of restaurant, the location and the patronage. You usually earn a small minimum wage plus tips. And the best thing about tips is you get access to those immediately. The flexibility with this side gig isn’t quite as free-flowing as some others on this list but you can do it part-time and work your “real job” around this schedule.

      5. Freelance writer/Editor

        You don’t have to be a writer extraordinaire to land a gig writing and blogging for online sites. You do have to have a good command of the English language, have a conversational tone and be somewhat creative. Freelance writing and editing can be lucrative if you are an exceptional writer/editor and have some professional writing experience or if you have specialized knowledge. All you need is a computer, an internet connection and a little determination.

        6. Web-designer

        If you are tech savvy, creative and understand the basic elements of web design, then this is the job for you. Start ups and new business ventures are being launched daily and one thing they all have in common is the need for a website. Designing and updating a website can be a time consuming headache for a small business owner, which is why web design is such a hot hustle right now. Do your research, set reasonable rates and put yourself out there!

        7. Virtual assistant

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          This is the hot new trend in CEO and office land. The traditional 40 hour per week secretary is quickly becoming obsolete. Assistants can now work remotely and maintain a somewhat flexible schedule.

          8. Virtual accountant/bookkeeper

          Similar to virtual assistants, accounting–especially for small businesses and startups–is becoming increasingly more of a part- time endeavor. Many small business and startups don’t have the resources to staff a full time accountant so they will hire a part-time virtual accountant. Qualifications and job experience vary with each position but jobs range from basic bookkeeping and accounting services (invoicing, reconciling, etc.) to more sophisticated services requiring a CPA certification.

          9. Dog walker

            No experience is required for this job. You just need to have a fondness for dogs, a good pair of sneakers and a Pooper-Scooper (there are required licenses and regulations in some states–please do your research before you grab a leash). You can freelance your services or you can join an agency. You can set your own hours, work when you want to and enjoy the great outdoors. What a gig!

            10. Nanny

            Being a nanny or providing child care is a great way to earn some extra cash. If you’re good with kids and have some other skill you can provide–even better! If you can help kids with their homework (tutor), cook nutritious meals, are crafty or can teach kids to play a sport, you can market these skills and set your rates a bit higher. As with anything involving children, you will need to pass a background check.

            11. Special Events Worker

              Big cities and large towns are constantly having special events and they are in need of additional help. These events include things like the annual 5K race, voting events, music and art festivals and the list goes on and on. Some events seek volunteers only while others will pay for your assistance–always be sure to check before you begin working. Most cities have a website or online job board where they post solicitations for upcoming events. Once you’ve worked one event, your name is usually added to their database and they will notify you of upcoming events.

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              12. Personal Shopper

              This is another new and emerging trend in the realm of personal outsourcing. Busy people don’t have time to spend shopping for groceries, pet supplies and other household items–that’s where you come in. We live in an age where time truly is money and this is a great way to capitalize on it.

              13. Fitness Instructor (Personal trainer)

                If you live a fairly healthy lifestyle, workout regularly and like coaching others, this is the side hustle for you! To become a personal trainer or fitness, Pilates, yoga, Zumba (etc.) instructor you do have to go through a certification process. Once that is complete you have the option to freelance your services or you can join a gym.

                14. Social Media Strategist

                If you have a knack for posting content that goes viral or if you have a large Instagram or Twitter following, social media strategist may be the part time job for you. Companies, small businesses and individuals looking to build their personal brand will pay you to post on their behalf and manage their online persona. You’re on social media all day anyway, so you might as well get paid for it.

                15. Massage therapist

                  The average massage therapist earns around $40K annually. And while that figure may seem a bit meager and definitely won’t make you rich, it is pretty good considering over half of all massage therapists work part time. To get into this profession you do have to take classes and earn a certification before you can begin accepting clients.

                  16. Photographer

                  If you have an iPhone and an eye for detail, you could make some serious cash snapping pics. You don’t need a fancy camera, state-of-the-art equipment or a major platform to become a photographer. The average smart phone has a decent camera and free editing software is available. You can post your pictures on Instagram and market yourself via social media–all for free. All it takes is a bit of practice, tenacity and finding the right niche.

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                  17. Barber/Hair stylist

                    If you want to work in a barbershop or hair salon you will need formal training and a certification. But if you happen to be a natural at “hooking up” heads you can set up shop in your kitchen and charge your family and friends a small fee to have their “do” done. This is one type of business that grows quickly through word of mouth. If you do a good job you will be overrun with business–so knowing your limits and managing your time well is a must if you decide that hair stylist is the side gig for you.

                    18. Catering

                    This is another side gig that lives and dies by word of mouth. If the food is good and the prices are reasonable–you will always have customers. If you love to cook or bake and have a great signature dish, you’re in business. Hand out free samples, generate some buzz and before you know it, you’ll have a sweet side gig going. Can’t cook? No problem. Catering services are always hiring servers and staff to help set up before and clean up after events. So even if you can’t cook and need some quick cask one weekend, check out local caterers in your area.

                    19. Landscaping

                      Cutting grass, pulling weeds, trimming bushes– a.k.a. yard work–is a great way to make cash quick. Sure it’s back-breaking, dirty and sweaty work but that’s what makes it so lucrative. If you are willing to do what others won’t do, you’ll never go broke. Offer your services in a neighborhood you know well. Make sure you go above and beyond on your first couple of yards–they become your portfolio and your resume–then ask your satisfied customers to recommend you to their neighbors and friends.

                      20. Retail

                      Working retail-part time is good for the pockets in a couple of ways. First you make money and second most stores offer great employee discounts. All you need is a few hours, a big smile, great interpersonal skills and a helpful attitude. Working retail is great if you prefer something a bit more structured and don’t want the hassle of trying to market yourself and drum up your own business.

                      This list of part-time jobs won’t make you rich but these jobs will help you stay a float. And while this is an eclectic list of side hustles, they all have one thing in common. They all require you to work. If you need extra cash and are willing to put yourself out there, get your hands dirty and do a little work, you can earn some serious loot. Now get up and get to work!

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                      11 Tactics on Increasing Brain Power, Memory, and Motivation

                      11 Tactics on Increasing Brain Power, Memory, and Motivation

                      How do you motivate yourself? We all want to maximize our time and do more of the things we love to do but sometimes we get stuck in the ‘getting ready’ process.

                      We want to live every day with a clear intention to get closer to achieving our goals and living a happy, successful life. We want to get better every day but we never actually jump off.

                      The most powerful form of motivation comes from self-motivation. You can light your own fire.

                      It is not enough simply to wait for inspiration to start you moving forward. It doesn’t have to be something that happens to you, it can be something that you create.

                      All progress and motivation starts with taking action. One action will lead to another. Action will create better outcomes and new experiences for you.

                      When my coaching clients are suffering from distraction, I simply get them to start taking action. To get fired up. To do something specific.

                      This may be getting up earlier, or committing to doing exercise daily. Even if it’s doing something for just 5 minutes, it’s often that little push that it enough to get them going.

                      If you focus on a small number of things to create the change you want, it can have a dramatic effect on your business and life.

                      Here are 11 things you can do right now to take that jump and in the process of increasing brain power, memory and motivation.

                      1. Simplify Your Life

                      By creatively planning your life, it allows you to simplify. Delegating and eliminating activities that don’t motivate or excite you ensures you maximise your time and focuses your energy on achieving your goals.

                      It’s really hard to stay motivated when your mind is confused and cluttered with all of the projects and tasks you need to do. But if you can simplify, if you can carve away the unnecessary, your life will become more focused. And more focus leads to more motivation.

                      What areas of your life could you simplify?

                      One way you could do it is to combine tasks. Think about two things you want to do and see how you could combine them into one activity.

                      The author Marilyn Vos Savant takes this one stage further in her book Brain Building in Just 12 Weeks. She recommends that we make a list of every small task that has to be done, say, over a day or a week-end and then do them all one after another.

                      Essentially, you are fusing lots of smaller tasks together into one task and completing them all together. So rather than doing one task on one day and another task on another day, it becomes a focused blitz to get lots of little things completed all together.

                      This frees us more time and gives you a sense of accomplishment, that increases motivation.

                      2. Focus on How Far You’ve Come

                      One of the things that stops us being motivated and causes procrastination is that we measure our success not from how far we’ve come, but how far away we are from our dreams and ideals.

                      If we can change our thinking and become more conscious of how our brain is working, we can set ourselves up for success.

                      We’re often at our happiest when we use our brains to problem solve, visualize, achieve and measure our progress.

                      If you talk in specifics rather than generalities, there is an opportunity to feel happier and more energized.

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                      One way to do this is to start training your brain to measure specifics, which grounds your feelings in reality and can boost motivation.

                      Rather than focusing on your ideal, think about what you’ve achieved from a specific starting point.

                      If your goal is to lose 14lbs in the next 6 months and you’ve lost 3 lbs in the first 3 months you have two choices. You could focus on the fact that you’re still 11lbs away from your goal or you could focus on the fact that you have lost 3lbs since you’ve started.

                      The second option will allow you to celebrate success and build motivation and refocus your mind to lost more weight whilst the first option may focus your mind on how far away you are from your goals.

                      Let your brain set your own goals and have your own experiences.

                      3. Set Measurable Goals

                      This follows on nicely from the previous point. When I work with coaching clients we always set specific, measurable 90 Day Goals.

                      This is great for motivation and training the brain to focus only on things that are specific and measurable.

                      When we are making real progress towards our goals, it makes us a lot happier. We are motivated and inspired.

                      We all sense where we are in the present moment. The past has gone and the future is well, the future.

                      In this present moment, we feel like we’re making progress, moving forward in the right direction or we’re not. We can’t stop time. We can only make better use of our time.

                      If you’re not happy with the progress you’re making, you may start comparing with others which can make you feel a lot worse and stop motivation in their tracks.

                      So, think about what goals you want to achieve for the next 90 Days. Ask yourself what is the meaning/purpose behind each of the goals.

                      Write the goals down. Put specific measurements against each goal and visualise what achieving the goals will mean to you in terms of your own personal progress.

                      4. Shift Your Motivation from Getting to Giving

                      Some people only focus on what they can get out of life and relationships. It’s all about me, me, me.

                      “When you change the way you look at things; the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

                      However, if you come from a position of serving and helping, and being more consciously awake to the world around you, your mindset can shift from merely receiving to giving.

                      And when you create this shift, coming from a space of giving, your brain starts coming up with more and more creative ways to spread more and more abundance.

                      It’s far more satisfying to focus on giving. If you really focus on this, it can become a true purpose and focus for you.

                      Rather than focusing on simple transactions, you focus on deepening relationships and doing things that will genuinely make people happy.

                      If you focus on giving and gratitude and surround yourself with people of a similar mindset your motivational energy will always be high.

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                      There are also additional benefits. When givers come together the results can be so much bigger than on an individual level as everything has the capacity to be multiplied.

                      When your motivation is to give your brain will think of more and more creative ways to do that. Random thoughts will pop into your head and you’ll find more creative ways to improve other people in both your business and personal life.

                      5. Create and Repeat a New Habit

                      Sometimes, the smallest shifts create the biggest results. When you start a new habit, whether that’s going to the gym, creating videos or improving your speaking the key is consistency and repetition.

                      By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you create incremental improvements.

                      If you want to start a new morning routine, the key is repetition. If you want to start meditating, the key is to stay with it. If you’re gearing up to run a 5k, the key is to run every day and build that strength and stamina.

                      If you have a vision of yourself as someone who doesn’t complete projects, then you think of yourself as that person. But if you tell yourself every day you’re a world class ‘project completer,’ you’ll begin to think and act like that person.

                      If you’re procrastinating on a big project, just start small and do something to move it forward, even if only five minutes. The next day work on that project again.

                      The key is deciding what you want to improve and then working on that thing every day. A 1% improvement every day can produce big results in the end.

                      Bonus tip: Here’re 18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick!

                      6. Direct Your Subconscious Mind Before Sleep

                      Many successful people never go to sleep without a request to their subconscious mind.

                      “Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious” – Thomas Edison

                      Your brain is a fantastic problem solving tool. If there are decisions you are struggling with or a project you’re looking for answers on, just spend a few minutes before you go to sleep visualizing the challenges, ideas, questions and experiences.

                      You can follow a similar process with your goals. Visualize your goals every night and visualize what the achievement of those goals will look like.

                      Your subconscious mind will then go to work, creating different connections and ideas. When you wake up, write down everything that comes to mind and then put things into action.

                      You’ll be surprised how amazing your subconscious mind is: Why Sleeping on a Difficult Problem Helps You Get the Answer

                      7. Focus on Your Environment

                      The people who you spend time with will change your life in one way or another. Surround yourself with people and things that support you in your business and life.

                      Cynics can pull you down with them but supportive people will motivate you to becoming even more happy and successful.

                      Throughout every day, we have choices regarding what we spend our time on and who we are going to spend our time with.

                      You can be with people who stifle and bring your energy down, or be with people who inspire your creativity and celebrate your success.

                      Spend more time with people who make you feel more alive and happier and see where that takes you.

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                      8. Express More Gratitude

                      When you come from a place of expressing gratitude both to what you have and the people around you, the change can be immense.

                      If you express gratitude for what you have, you are less envious and fixated on what other people have.

                      When you express gratitude to the important people in your life, it changes how you perceive them and how they feel about you.

                      Gratitude increases your energy and your feelings of abundance. With gratitude, everything is appreciated.

                      Gratitude also makes you a lot more creative and deepens your motivation. Handwritten notes, more expressive feelings, instantaneous notes or calls to the people that matter most become commonplace.

                      The thing about gratitude, though, is that it requires an active pursuit in all areas of your business and life. It’s not about what that person has done for you. It’s about how you feel about them, and their value to you.

                      Here’s a quick exercise:

                      Think about the people that are most important to you.

                      Next, write down 5 things you are grateful for, or appreciate, about that person.

                      You could tell them the 5 things or just keep it to yourself and sense how you are with that person the next time you meet.

                      Another important focus for gratitude is yourself. What are you grateful for today?

                      Taking the time to look inwardly and appreciate what you have built momentum and motivation and makes you a lot happier.

                      If you want to learn more ways to practice gratitude, check out these 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

                      9. Increase Your Energy

                      Energy is a huge motivator. If we are fired up or excited about someone or something, we are usually very motivated.

                      Think about the last time you achieved something important. I’m guessing your energy and motivation was high?

                      If you’ve beaten your best time on the track, or lost the weight you wanted, or won a big piece of business, your energy will be sky high and you will want to dive back in again to improve your previous performance.

                      When we are excited and motivated about the things we are doing, we bring high levels of energy.

                      If you could spend more time doing the things that excite and motivate you, what would that mean for your business and life?

                      High levels of energy produce continual growth and give you higher levels of confidence.

                      Try this:

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                      Pick three things that give you high levels of excitement and motivation. Commit to spending at least one more hour on each of the things every month.

                      See what you can achieve. If it brings in the results you want, aim to spend more time on those 3 things and remove 3 things you want to spend less time on.

                      10. Visualize Your Ideal Future

                      If your motivation is lacking, try focusing on the purpose behind what you are doing or on how it plays into the larger goal of what you want to accomplish.

                      One great way to increase your brain power and motivation is to start thinking bigger and then challenge yourself to think bigger and bigger about your vision of your ideal future.

                      Where would you like to be in 3 years or 5 years’ time? What is your bigger purpose in your business and life? What would have to happen to make you happy with your progress?

                      Identifying and then focusing on your bigger vision gives you the feeling of working on something greater and being part of something bigger than yourself. It gives deeper meaning and purpose to your daily life.

                      If you are putting long hours into something or making a lot of sacrifices to achieve something it will help put things into perspective and ensure your motivation stays strong.

                      Can’t figure out your purpose yet? No problem, here’s How to Find the Purpose of Life and Start Living a Fulfilling Life

                      11. Take More Actions

                      If you’ve been resisting taking on a big project for a while, be that at home or at work, everything else in your life can begin to suffer.

                      Sometimes, you just have to face your resistance and fear and do what you’ve been avoiding. That one thing, could make a real difference to your life.

                      We all have lots to do and sometimes it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the tasks at hand.

                      The key is to prioritize so we make the best use of our time and make an internal commitment to just get started.

                      One of my clients was very close to finishing a new online course but there were some things she was avoiding and procrastinating over. It was very easy for her to fill her time with social media updates, shiny new things and check out the things her competitors were doing to avoid taking action. She knew she was neglecting something really important to her personal goals and putting off things that mattered to her.

                      I got her to focus just half an hour at the beginning each day for a week on this project. That amount of time grew as her excitement and motivation increased.

                      She felt more excited and motivated by just getting started again and doing the work. This newfound energy also impacted other aspects of her life.

                      She felt more in control and knew she would succeed. Just by taking one small step and getting started.

                      Conclusion

                      Here are some things for you to consider as you reflect upon this article:

                      • What’s motivating you right now?
                      • Are you as inspired as you want to be?
                      • Are you open to new experiences?
                      • Are you continually learning new and better ways to live?
                      • Are you putting those into practice?
                      • Do you want to be more motivated and inspired?

                      Hopefully this article has provided some insights and you can use some of these tactics to help you live every day with a clear intention to get closer to achieving your goals.

                      Featured photo credit: Pete Bellis via unsplash.com

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