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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 Working a regular job–the good ole nine-to-five is considered old school and has been replaced by maintaining multiple side hustles.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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                      How to Set Stretch Goals and Keep Your Team Motivated

                      How to Set Stretch Goals and Keep Your Team Motivated

                      Stretch goals are a lot like physical fitness. When you adopt a physical sport such as running, continual practice leads to increased stamina, growth and progress.

                      While commitment to the sport improves performance, true growth happens when you are stretched beyond your comfort zone. I know this from personal experience.

                      For years, I was an avid runner. I ran with a variety of running groups in the Washington, D.C., area and in Columbus, Ohio, where I lived prior to moving to the nation’s capital in 2011.

                      While I was initially fearful about slacking off on my exercise habit when I moved to D.C., running enthusiasts in the area provided continual motivation, inspiring me to lace up my shoes day after day. Much to my surprise, many of the area’s running stores (including Pacers and Potomac River Running) boasted running groups that met in the mornings and evenings. So, it was relatively easy for a newcomer like me to connect with like-minded peers.

                      I was never a particularly fast runner, but I enjoyed the afterglow of the sport: being completely drained but feeling a sense of accomplishment; setting and reaching goals; buying and wearing out new tennis shoes. The sound of throngs of feet pounding the pavement in semi-unison is still enough to bring tears to my eyes. Yes, I sometimes tear up at the start of races.

                      Of all the groups I ran with, the Pacers Store group that met on Monday nights in Logan Circle boasted the fastest runners. I met up with the group week after week only to be the slowest runner. It was difficult to muster the courage to get up every week and meet the group knowing what was waiting for me: sweating and watching the backs of fellow runners.

                      Each time I joined the group, I was stretching myself without even realizing it. Instead of feeling like I was transitioning into a better running, for a long time I felt I was torturing myself.

                      Then something remarkable happened. I went for a run with a different set of runners and noticed my time had improved. I was running at a faster pace and doing so with ease. What was once uncomfortable for me I now handled with ease.

                      The reason I was becoming a better runner was because I was taking myself out of my comfort zone and challenging myself physically and mentally. This example illustrates the process of growth.

                      Fortunately, we can create situations that stretch us in our personal and professional lives.

                      What Is a Stretch Goal?

                      A stretch goal – as authors Sim B. Sitkin, C. Chet Miller and Kelly E. See detail an article “The Stretch Goal Paradox” in Harvard Business Review[1] – is something that is extremely difficult and novel. It is something that not everyone does, and it’s sometimes considered impossible.

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                      In general, you establish stretch goals by doing things that are difficult or temporarily challenging.

                      For instance, when I was first promoted to a senior communications management role, I knew I needed to beef up my relationships with media personalities. I set a goal to once a month book a day of media interviews in New York City – which is home to many media outlets, including SiriusXM radio, CNN, NBC News, HuffPost, VIBE.

                      This was a huge goal because it meant not only identifying the right people to meet with but convincing them to meet with me and my team. While I didn’t end up meeting the goal of doing a full day of media interviews in New York City, I met more people than I would have met had I not established the goal and instead stayed in the comfort of my D.C. office.

                      It is important to note that just because you establish a stretch goal doesn’t mean you’ll achieve the goal each time. However, the process of trying is guaranteed to provide some level of growth.

                      The Importance of Creating Stretch Goals

                      The beginning of the year is a perfect time to assess where you are excelling and where there is room for you to grow. I typically start the year by creating a yearlong strategic plan for myself.

                      I think about the things that are necessary to do and things that would be cool to do. I assess the people I should know and think through how to meet them. Then I ask myself if the goals are realistic and what would need to happen for me to achieve them.

                      Over time, I have learned that there are five things I can do to set stretch goals:

                      1. Get Outside of Your Head

                      If I exist within the confines of my imagination, I imperil my own growth and creativity.

                      If I examine my accomplishments and celebrate them in isolation of others’ accomplishments, my vantage point is limited.

                      I want to be comfortable with what I accomplish, but I also want to be motivated by watching others. In some respects, stretching is about expanding your network of friends, associates and mentors. These are the people who will propel or slow your growth and development.

                      Since two are better than one, I always value being able to share my progress with others, seek feedback and then map a plan for success.

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                      2. Focus on a Couple Areas at a Time

                      When setting goals, it is important to focus on a couple of areas at a time. Most of us are only able to focus on a few things at a time, and if you feel you are unable to tackle all that is before you, you may simply disengage.

                      I see this in so many areas of life:

                      When people get in debt, if they believe the debt is insurmountable, they refuse to look at incoming bills for fear of facing down the debt. Unfortunately, many businesses go awry when setting stretch goals.

                      In “The Stretch Goal Paradox,” Sitkin, Miller and See note:

                      “Our research suggests that though the use of stretch goals is quite common, successful use is not. And many executives set far too many stretch goals. In the past five years, for example, Tesla failed to meet more than 20 of founder Elon Musk’s ambitious projections and missed half of them by nearly a year, according to the Wall Street Journal.”

                      Goal-setting is like a marathon, not a sprint. It doesn’t all need to happen at the same time, and pacing is extremely important if you want to get to the finish line. It is better to focus on a couple goals at a time, master them and then move on to the next thing.

                      3. Set Aside Time Each Year to Focus on Goal-Setting

                      When I was a managing director for communications for the Advancement Project, I spent the first part of every year facilitating a communications planning meeting.

                      The planning meeting began with the team members assessing the goals the team had established in the preceding year, and whether those goals were realistic or not. If we failed to meet certain goals, we broke down why that happened. From there, we brainstormed about possibilities for the current year.

                      For instance, one year we set a goal of pitching and getting 24 opinion essays published. This was audacious because no one on the eight-person team had the luxury of focusing exclusively on editing and pitching opinion essays to publications around the world. We would need to focus on pitching in between the rest of our work.

                      We hit this goal within the first eight months of the year. Remarkably, in total, we ended up getting 40 opinion essays published that year, which was an indication that our original goal was too low. We upped the goal to 41 the next year, and amazingly, we hit 42 published opinion essays or guest columns.

                      From this experience, we not only learned what was feasible, we also learned the power of focus.

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                      When we focused as a team on getting the commentary on our issues out in the public domain, we were successful. The key in all of this is that there was a ton of discussion around which goal we’d pursue and why.

                      Equally important, as a manager, I didn’t set the goals alone; the team members and I established the goals collaboratively. This ensured buy-in from each individual.

                      4. Use the S.M.A.R.T. Goal Model to Set Realistic Goals

                      S.M.A.R.T.

                      is a synonym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. For the sake of this article, the realistic portion of the acronym is most important.

                      While you want to set audacious goals, you want to ensure that they are realistic as well. No one is served by setting a goal that is impossible to accomplish.

                      Failing to meet goals can be demoralizing for teams, so it’s important to be sober-eyed about what is possible. Additionally, the purpose of setting goals is to advance and grow, not depress morale.

                      For instance, my team would have been discouraged had I begun the year asking it to pitch and place 40 opinion essays if we didn’t already have a track record of placing close to two dozen essays.

                      By using the S.M.A.R.T. formula, we were able to achieve all that we set out to do.

                      5. Break the Goal up into Small Digestible Parts

                      I am a recovering perfectionist. As a writer, being a perfectionist can be counterproductive because I can fail to start if I don’t see a clear pathway to victory.

                      The same is true with goal-setting. That’s why I join Lifehack’s fellow contributor Deb Knobelman, Ph.D., in noting that it is critically important to break goals into bite-sized chunks.

                      When I had a goal of doing daylong media meetings in New York City, I had to think through all the barriers to achieving that goal and all the steps required to meet the goal.

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                      One step was identifying which reporters, producers and hosts to engage. Another step was writing a pitch or meeting invitation that would capture their attention. Another step was thinking through the program areas I wanted to highlight and the new angles I could offer to different reporters.

                      Since reporters want to cover stories that no one else has written, I needed to come up with fresh angles for each of the reporters I was engaging. An additional step was thinking through who from my team I’d take with me to the various meetings.

                      I was clear that, as a talking head, as public relations reps are sometimes called, I needed the right spokesperson in order to land repeated meetings with different outlets.

                      A final step was thinking through what I needed to bring to each meeting and which reports, videos and testimonials would buttress our claims and be of interest to media figures.

                      As I walked through what was needed to bring my goal of doing daylong meetings to reality, I realized that not only was the idea within reach, but I was excited to tackle the challenge.

                      From that point until now, I have learned to break down goals into smaller parts and tackle the smaller parts on the path to knocking the goal out of the park.

                      The Bottom Line

                      These are my recommendations for setting stretch goals, and there are a ton of other resources to support you in the workplace and in your community.

                      For instance, LinkedIn’s Lynda.com platform has a wonderful suite of leadership development videos, including ones on establishing stretch goals. This is a paid resource but may be worth the investment if you lead a team or want to invest in tools for your own growth and development.

                      Featured photo credit: Avatar of user Isaac Smith Isaac Smith @isaacmsmith Isaac Smith via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Harvard Business Review: The Stretch Goal Paradox

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