Very rarely does one find a career at a young age and work only that career for the rest of their life. The average American baby boomer has held 11.3 jobs from age 18 to age 46, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Given a large amount of American workers appear to have skills in more than one trade, picking up a second job is fairly common.
Whether a single job simply does not pay enough to cover expenses or you are looking to gather additional income for college, a home, or a car, a side job is a solution you may turn to. Census data indicates that around 7.6 million workers are moonlighters, holding down more than one occupation. Most of these workers have a full-time “day job,” and then a part-time job as well.
You hear about the full-time teacher who waitresses in the evenings or the administrative assistant who tends bar at night. Considering the median pay for waitresses is $8.92 per hour and you may have to work late shifts, this type job may or may not be what you’re looking for to cover your expenses. Some side jobs, however, do offer a fairly decent pay rate, while still offering part-time or flexible hours and allowing time for another full-time gig.
1. Grocery shopper
Grocery shopping services like Peapod continue to pop up all over the country and some grocery stores now offer delivery services. Many people don’t have time to grocery shop and some simply dislike the chore and are willing to pay someone else to do it. To get started, you can either seek part-time employment at an already established business or you can start your own with little investment cost. Talk to friends and neighbors and distribute a few flyers around town. According to one estimate, the hourly pay for a grocery shopper is around $27 per hour.
Are you good with children? Spending your weekends in and child sitting for parents going out for date night can bring in some pretty good money. Sites like Care.com have made it fairly easy for babysitters to advertise their services. Classifies ads, yard sale websites, friends, and family are also good places to search for babysitting gigs. According to recent estimates, a babysitter brings in between $10 and $12 per hour. Having a college degree, teaching experience, CPR certification, or other skills and achievements that make parents more comfortable also helps in this business.
3. Dog walker
Don’t want to work with children? What about man’s best friend? According to the Humane Society, 47% of households own at least one dog and altogether, Americans own almost 84 million dogs. Taking one of these dogs for a thirty-minute walk can bring in anywhere from $10 to $30. As a dog walker, you may also be able to pick up a job as a weekend dog sitter. Caring for dogs while owners are away on vacations or business trips may bring in yet additional income.
During the warmer months, spending evenings and weekends beautifying lawns and gardens can bring in some pretty good money as well. The BLS reports a landscape worker’s average wage at $12.65. This type of work, however, may involve a degree of physical exertion and an up-front investment cost for supplies.
5. Medical test subject
Although this is not necessarily the safest line of work, it can bring in money. Participating in drug trials or being a guinea pig for novel medical treatments can earn you $100 to $300 per day, according to one estimate. Professional medical test subjects bring in an average of around $50,000 annually, according to Simply Hired. You can find information on drug and medical trials on websites, such as clinicaltrials.gov and gpgp.net.