Nine jobs to supplement your income

Dec 26, 2018 | Careers

Looking for some extra cash to bury some burdensome bills? Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities out there that can help you pay off debt, stash away for a rainy day, or finally make that dream vacay a reality. So if you’re ready to take on extra tasks, here are nine sweet second jobs to consider.

1. Transcribe

Can you listen and type, and do both at the same time? Score! If you have experience in legal or medical fields, even better. Companies need recordings to be transcribed, and the faster and more accurately you type, the more you can earn. You can work whenever you have free time, but project availability can be limited. So in order to make this work for you, make sure to jump on opportunities as soon as they become available.

2. Server or bartender

Not afraid to show some hustle? If you’re a night owl as well, waiting tables and making drinks can be a great way to fill your wallet. If you have past experience, apply at more popular and expensive places, because most of your income will be in tips. Weekends generally mean more traffic (which means more tips), so if you can score a gig including those nights you might be surprised how much you can earn.

3. Earn with apps

Earn extra cash with an assist from your car and smartphone. Transporting people or food using apps like Uber, UberEats, Lyft, Postmates or GrubHub allow you to make some extra income on your own time. Pro tips: don’t forget to factor in expenses like gas, extra insurance and more frequent maintenance for your vehicle. Also, maximize your earnings by working highly populated neighborhoods and taking advantage of price increases during busy times.

4. Customer service

If you’re a “people person” who enjoys talking on the phone and solving problems, customer service might be the perfect part-time gig for you. Customer service calls tend to peak in early mornings, evenings and weekends, so it’s easy to add a few extra hours outside of your regular job.

5. Virtual Assistant

Organized, detail-oriented people are perfect for virtual assistant positions. Perform many of the tasks of a typical administrative assistant, like scheduling appointments, typing letters and ordering supplies, all from the comfort of your own home. If you’re working virtually, you will need to be an expert at communicating by phone and online.

6. Earn some (dollar) bills with your skills

If you’re skilled in writing, video, graphic design, photography, coding or marketing, you can make good money working freelance. Sites like, Guru, WriterAccess and Fiverr let you build a profile, connect with companies and bid on jobs. Freelance work has its perks — you get to set your own schedule and can work from home in your pajamas. Just remember: you’ll be your own boss, so finding clients and invoicing falls on your shoulders.

7. Dig those dogs

If you’re a dog person and like to stretch your legs when you get the chance, think about work as a dog walker (or sitter). Or, if you have the space, consider offering a canine a place to crash. Yes, you can get paid for that! Find out more at sites like Wag! or Rover.

8. Shop ’til you drop (your debt)

Do you love to shop? You can get paid for it. Mystery shoppers, aka secret shoppers, get paid to visit retail stores, restaurants and other places of business. The job is to report on how they treat their customers in order to help them evaluate their customer service. One place to get information about this kind of work is the MSPA’s website.

9. Get paid to Google

Search engines are everyone’s go-to source for all things, yet they’re not always correct. Evaluators test search results and grade them. As long as you have a computer and access to the internet, you can set your own schedule and get paid for searching the web. Check out a company like Appen if you want to get started.

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