5 High-Paying Jobs You Can Do on the Side
Want to make more money on the side? Many companies are hiring temporary or contract workers as the so-called “gig economy” — built in part thanks to new startups and mobile apps like Uber and Instacart — offers motivated workers a wide variety of side jobs that can be quite lucrative.
“There’s been a mental shift in finding different ways to make money,” says Marcela Sapone. CEO and co-founder of the personal-butler startup Alfred, which hires people to perform tasks and errands for customers. “Before people had to do retail, waitstaff, or odd jobs, but now there’s a lot more work available.”
Some side jobs offer a paltry sum, but there are a handful of high-quality side gigs that offer good pay and flexible schedules — with no additional schooling or training required. You can use Glassdoor to research what you should be paid in these positions. Here are 4 high paying jobs you can do on the side:
1. Run errands — See Open Jobs
People want everything on demand now, from streaming services to food delivery. New startups including Alfred offer errand-runners to cater to a client’s every whim. Make easy cash by waiting on doorsteps for a UPS delivery, picking up groceries, or assembling furniture. This gig is ideal for city-dwellers, as highly populated areas offer the most potential business. Some startups, like TaskRabbit, let errand-runners bid what they’d like to be paid for tasks and allow customers to choose. Alfred doesn’t run on a marketplace model; it instead charges customers a weekly fee and hires “Alfreds” based on careful application screening including in-person interviews. Butlers start at $15 an hour and can make as much as $30, says Sapone. the Alfred CEO. How to score the gig? “We’re looking for intuitive, caring, thoughtful people who are committed to helping,” she says.
2. Drive with ridesharing apps — See Open Jobs
Car-hailing apps including Uber, Lyft and Gett are the iconic examples of the gig economy. Use your own car to shuttle riders around your city, split some of the takings with the company and keep the rest. Uber says its internal data show drivers made $11 to nearly $30 per trip around this time last year, depending on the city. Keep in mind laws are ever-shifting in this new space, and some cities have banned ridesharing services.
3. Temp office work — See Open Jobs
Temporary and contract work represents a massive opportunity, but roles and pay vary widely: Positions can range from standard clerical work to high-skilled temporary gigs in fields like accounting, advertising, and media. The opportunity can be especially great for people who don’t work typical day-job schedules and can drop into an office during business hours. Some companies use temp staffing agencies, while others advertise their short-term opportunities directly. Some companies are willing to hire transcribers or data-entry workers to do the gig remotely. Search for temp positions.
4. Patient actor — See Open Jobs
Want something totally-off-the-wall? Medical schools hire “standardized patients” to play the role of actual patients in need of care, helping medical students practice their physical exam skills and bedside manner. Schools typically offer on-the-job training for SPs and advertise the gigs on job sites. These positions can offer SPs $14 an hour or $60 for participation in a specialized exam. Search for standardized patients positions.
5. Host guests — See Open Jobs
Do you own your own home and want to make some extra cash? Services like Airbnb allow you to host visitors either by renting a room to them or hosting people while you’re away. You can even offer your home to film crews for the day in some locations. Depending on where you live and what your home is like, you can make between $100-$300 per night. As with ridesharing, some cities have restrictions on hosting, so please do research on your area.
If you do your research and make sure you’re getting a good rate for relatively little work, these “gigs” can be a great way to make money on the side.