Last week I suggested that you try finding a part-time job. I shared why I felt it made sense to find some sort of a side gig in your 20s. You can always benefit from making more money, increasing your sense of financial security, and meeting new contacts. I just didn’t want to leave you hanging when it comes to finding a part-time job.
I wanted to share a a few ideas to help you find a part-time gig worth getting off the couch for. This isn’t going to be some “top ten list” piece or some lame article that you walk away from without much change. I’m going to throw out a few options and my hope is that you’ll try at least one of these strategies to help you land one of the best part-time jobs.
Anything related to tutoring is usually lucrative. You can also find work in tutoring relatively easily if you just look around a bit. I posted a case study on here a few years ago on how my friend made money from tutoring and was able to make a dent on his student loans. I would share more on here but that article goes into great detail and shows you how you can start tutoring for money right now. The best part of the case study is that my friend found his part-time job as a tutor with no budget at all. At that point he had already made $2,100 from tutoring.
If you don’t have the patience to be a tutor, you can consider finding some sort of a service job. A service gig can range from serving drinks to shovelling snow. The benefit of most of these gigs is that you can give your mind a rest from the strain of your full-time job or the stress that comes from running your own business. You’ll also force yourself to improve your social skills by being in a situation where you have to meet new people. This will allow you to both expand your network and become more sociable.
As a final option, you can find work in retail if you want a part-time night job. There are often plenty of retail jobs available in a college town. This is another side gig where you get to improve how you interact with others.
As always you need to ensure that your part-time job doesn’t hurt your performance with what you do during the day. If you notice that your side gig is becoming a detriment to you, then you can always walk away.
Is there a part-time job not worth pursuing? There’s one popular side gig that I purposely left out of this article.
Did you notice that I didn’t mention blogging? Telling someone to blog for money is the easy way out. You go on a personal finance blog, and the blogger tells you that you should start a blog, you nod your head and leave the site even more confused. Everyone would want to blog for money in an ideal world. The reality is that blogging for money isn’t a good option for finding a side gig.
I also wanted to list jobs that pay you money right away. If you’re going to find a part-time job it’s to make some additional money on the side. It’s not to invest money or to invest your time into a project that won’t pay off until the future. Blogging is a long-term commitment and not a job that you start today and get paid next week.
At the end of the day, you’re going to have to just stop complaining and find a job eventually.