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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 Working a regular job–the good ole nine-to-five is considered old school and has been replaced by maintaining multiple side hustles.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 Create Your Road Map to Success (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                      How to Create Your Road Map to Success (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                      Everyone has their own definition of what success means to them. Well, at least we all should by the very fact that no two individuals are created 100% alike.

                      Our road map to success should be different to the person standing next to us. But we can get caught in the dangerous trap that someone else’s ideas of success should also be ours. Be careful.

                      Regardless of whether or not we’re talking about your working career, business or personal life, it is truly hard to resist the contagious excitement surrounding those fantastic dreams and goals you allow yourself to explore.

                      The ‘come-down’ after attending a euphoric state-inducing personal development seminar can often result in you feeling the slump of post-seminar blues. Worse still, your everyday circumstances don’t accommodate the changes you swore to make that weekend. Nothing changes.

                      Get ready to kiss goodbye the post-seminar blues and skip to each destination on your roadmap to your successes. By repeating over and over these simple steps, the quality of your life will improve.

                      You will want to use these steps as standard strategies to carry you toward further success in whatever shape or form you choose.

                      1. Define What Success Means to You

                      Is it just having enough money or more money than you might ever need that allows you to feel and judge yourself a success? Is it about having a beautiful house worth more than $2,000,000 on the upper east side of Manhattan?

                      Is it about having a loving partner who supports you in your endeavors? Do you equally support each other?

                      Is it through the tertiary education roadmap that you only feel valid you can make a meaningful and successful contribution to help the world economy turn? Is that your definition of success or is it someone else’s? Maybe your mom’s or your dad’s?

                      When her daughter Christina found her on the floor of her office, in a pool of blood having hit her head and breaking her cheekbone as she fell, CEO of Thrive Global and celebrated author of Thrive, Ariana Huffington had a wake-up call in more ways than one.[1]

                      The exhaustion and overwhelming stress which had led to her fainting drove Huffington to radically introduce new work ethics, values and rules at the editorial.

                      Ten years on from her accident, Huffington still leads the conversational charge amongst global leaders to change the badge of honor that successful people need to work 24/7, and give everything of themselves and more, even it means compromising their health.

                      As opposed to letting power and money be the two measurements of success, she explains wisdom, well-being, wonder and giving will give you greater success by nurturing your psychological well-being.

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                      We can’t argue with Huffington that without that, we are proverbially dead in the water.

                      Warren Buffet stated the way he defines success nowadays has nothing to do with money:

                      “I measure success by how many people love me”.

                      You can’t but fall in love with the wisdom and nobility these words seem to reflect, but keeping it as your only definition of success is probably dangerous. Lacking today’s wisdom at 20 years of age, would Buffet have had the same definition of success?

                      Think about where you are on your journey. You are likely to have different goals and different measures of success as you navigate your roadmap. Huffington and Buffet explain non-tangible ideas of success are crucial for our overall success.

                      Let’s also not forget though that through tenacity, persistence and many other success habits, these business leaders also rate extremely high on the power and money metrics. However, that’s not all there is to it.

                      If you are not sure how you would answer if someone asked you what your definition of success is, here are some clues to get you thinking and feeling.

                      As your head hits the pillow and before you close your eyes, what’s most important is that you can internalize that you have chosen your definition of success and you can full responsibility and accountability for deciding upon it.

                      2. Review Your Progress and Satisfaction in Life

                      Review the main areas of your life. Not just those where you feel you need to make changes. Review all of them:

                      • Your career vocation or business life;
                      • Your relationships – your intimate or life partner, family and friends;
                      • Money health and financial management strategies;
                      • Commitment to your faith or religion and spiritual personal development;
                      • Your physical and mental health;

                      What leisure or recreational activities you pursue for fun to energize your spirit and enrich your soul.

                      Do you have ideas of what success looks like for you in each of these areas?

                      Neglecting to look at even one area is like trying to restore function to a beautifully crafted Swiss watch, whilst failing to attend to a rusty-looking cog in the tiny internal workings that needs attention. Turn one cog, the others all turn. Ignore a damaged one, the system malfunctions.

                      For each area, give yourself a rating out of ten – one signifies the least satisfaction and ten signifies the most – and ask yourself the following questions to help you start identifying what’s important to you:

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                      • How satisfied or content with this area of my life am I presently?
                      • Where would I like to live this current level of contentment to?
                      • What would that new level of satisfaction look like, feel like?
                      • How important is this area compared with the other areas of my life?

                      Regardless of what areas you recognize need to be your core focus, consider making personal development and improvements to your physical and mental health, and well-being a constant feature of your action plan.

                      You will need to continually recognize obstacles you’ll face from your outside world, as well as those internal psychological battles that will arise from within.

                      Without your mental and physical health intact, it’s unlikely the rest of the ‘cogs’ are going to turn properly.

                      3. Get to Know Your Values and Priorities

                      Don’t make the mistake of thinking goal setting can be done in one sitting. You want to make sure the pursuits you put down on paper aren’t fly-by-night moments of excitement that ebb and flow with the rise and fall of tidal trends.

                      Become better at identifying your priorities by exploring how you feel about each of your life areas. Think about the ratings of satisfaction you might have denoted for each. And now write down what you want to be, do and have.

                      Put aside your initial literary ramblings and revisit them in a couple of weeks or one month. Without looking at your initial thoughts, do the process again and see what consistencies show up. What keeps coming up as feeling important? Around what ideas is there the same yearning or emotional pull?

                      If you’re unsure about what you feel you wish to head towards, be in allowance of this. Don’t be jumping to quickly fill the void. The desperation is likely to have you catching the tail of the last exciting concept in fear of missing out, or trying to fill the void of excitement you yearn for.

                      Increase your practice of pausing and asking yourself:

                      Why does this resonate with me? Could this be a distraction which complicates the route I have mapped out? Am I becoming that person who proverbially chases two rabbits and catches none?

                      In his book The Heart of Love, Dr. John Demartini explains how becoming strongly aware of your values and priorities helps you understand why you are and where you are in your life at any given moment.

                      If you don’t know what you feel you stand for, look at where you direct your time, energy and attention. Look at your behavior and work backward.

                      You might think making money and creating financial wealth is high on your radar. However, if you spend more than you earn and allocate money to depreciating objects as opposed to appreciating assets, your behavior is inconsistent with those typical of someone who is financially astute.

                      Look back to your areas of life and ask yourself if the goals you have set are in alignment with your values. Look at your daily behaviors and ask yourself if the way you operate satisfies steps which take you further toward those goals.

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                      If not, all is not lost. You’ve simply got some harsh truths and reality checks to face before you can go any further on your roadmap to success.

                      4. Make Room Deliberately to Work with a Coach

                      You have to come to terms with the fact that you’re likely to be swimming against the tide.

                      Once you make clear unwavering decisions about what goals you’re aiming for, prepare to be un-liked, unpopular, criticized and potentially ostracized. There’s a high possibility you’ll lose the friendship and support of some however you will gain new friends and the support of others.

                      Regardless of what area/s of life your goals pertain to, make room to work with a coach. Choose wisely who that person will be to encourage and walk beside you.

                      Whether it be a certified coach, a family friend/mentor or qualified therapist, find someone who knows how to work with the specific issues and challenges that lay ahead without any agenda other than your success.

                      Having that impartial guide can be an invaluable constant. This helps keeps you on the straight and narrow even if other areas of your life aren’t going swimmingly.

                      5. Get Highly Familiar with Your Habits and Behaviors

                      Despite the scientific evidence in support of it, we’re not recommending you need to start getting up at 5:00 am and exercising for an hour before you even think about starting your day.

                      You should start asking yourself these questions far more frequently:

                      • How well do you know your habits and routine ways of operating?
                      • Do you know what choices and patterned behaviors help or hinder you?

                      You know what you want to work on. Greater clarity on your values has enabled you to discern which priorities are high on your list and which ones are low. It’s now time to reinforce and reward the habits that carry you forward on your roadmap to success, and adjust those habits which delay or divert you staying on course.

                      Remember though that part of the joy of the human experience is to be fallible, so don’t suddenly shelve all those character-building ‘vices’. Your flaws are a necessary part of your unique success jigsaw puzzle; they are the inspiring reasons you’re going on this journey in the first place.

                      Demartini and New York Times journalist and author Charles Duhigg both explain in their books how recognizing your unhelpful behavioral patterns needs to take place first. You identify the emotional and psychological rewards which rule over whether you sustain, break or make a habit.

                      When you know the rewards that light you up like a Christmas tree, you link them to new or modified habits that support values you want to make a higher priority.

                      Say you love eating out. You love artisan cuisine and get giddy at watching the episode of Heston Blumenthal create chocolate water in his food chemistry laboratory. As much as you say you want to increase your investment in appreciating assets, your spending habits speak otherwise.

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                      So, you might start looking for discount opportunities on your higher-end dining. The dishes may not rival Heston’s masterpieces, but your taste buds still enjoy a culinary roller coaster AND you also now to get feel-good allocating the discounted amount to a saving’s program.

                      Your tummy is singing as is your bank account. The whole experience goes well beyond short-term gratification and satisfies several values and goals.

                      Tweaking habits and forming new ones isn’t hard; it’s just a matter of finding a happy marriage. Take time to find it. There will always be ways.

                      6. Celebrate the Wins and Monitor Your Progress Along the Way

                      You must become good at deliberately rewarding yourself when you make changes that take you further along your roadmap to success.

                      Professor of cognitive neuroscience Dr. Tali Sharot explains how the brain responds and adapts far better to rewards than punishment when it comes to learning behavior and creating new habits.[2]

                      When we apply punishment, we reinforce the traumatic memory as being more important than the actual lesson we might have been meant to learn in the first place.

                      When we gamify rewards on our success journey, we inject fun and humor. We also reduce the stress that often comes with learning new things, habits and adjusting to new ways of being, doing and having.

                      Final Thoughts

                      If you hit a progress plateau at any point, you might need to allow yourself to plateau and switch your attention to another priority.

                      The switch may allow you to think more freely and clearly about how to move past your roadblock. Or it might simply be a good time to stop and smell the roses.

                      Your muscles grow stronger in their resting phase after a workout. Animals hunt profusely to build up their energy stores before going into hibernation.

                      Remember that continually forging ahead is not a natural rhythm. Repeat the cycle of rest, recovery and rallying forward then…start again.

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