In a weakened economy, many job seekers are looking for different ways to generate income, including picking up a part-time job.
Juggling a part-time gig on top of a full-time job can be stressful, but there are ways to make money while having a flexible schedule. The easiest way to make some extra cash is to turn a hobby into a part-time job, whether it's sewing clothes or refurbishing antiques.
If you're stuck on what kind of part-time jobs can generate extra income for you, try a few of these out for size:
1. Dog Walker
Dog owners - or even cat lovers - are always looking for a responsible and reliable person to watch their pet while they're away on vacation or at work. If you love to be around animals this is a great part-time gig that will get you anywhere from $10 to $18 per walk. If the owner is on vacation, expect to get a daily rate of up to $60, since it may include grooming and play time. Start by networking with pet owners who may be looking for some help. Spend some time with the owner and their pet so that they can watch your interactions with the animal. Once they see you in action, they'll be more likely to recommend you to friends and that's the best way to get a dog sitting business up off the ground.
2. Local Artist
From Etsy to eBay, there are plenty of websites out there that give local artists a place to show off their work. Whether you like to paint or sell your best garage sale finds, chances are you'll find a buyer out there on the web. Kick off a part-time crafting business by figuring out which skill or hobby you want to market. Check out your competition on the web, as well as any local vendors. Be sure to connect with your customers and follow up with them even after the sale is made and soon your name will be passed around as a local artist worth checking out.
A caretaker, mother's helper or even a handyman, is someone who can help around the house with little things that would normally cost a lot from a professional. Whether it's helping a mother get her kids ready for dinner or assisting the elderly with home maintenance, you'll always be able to find work. Pay depends on the type of jobs you do, but over time your customers will depend on your services and you'll walk away with a rewarding experience.