Saturday, 13 July 2013

Partime Job Tips

Some people have small children at home and can only work part time, some have full-time jobs but choose to work part time to make extra money and others have retired and plan to return to work part time because they find it impossible to live on small pensions or Social Security. Whatever your reason for looking for work, there are many ways to make money part time. 

Think about what you would like to do. If you're planning to work part time, it's always best to find something exciting, lucrative and flexible.

Decide whether you want to work part time from home or whether you would prefer to get out of the house for a few hours each day.

Consider your options for part-time work.

  • You should consider the qualifications you have and determine what factors may affect the types of jobs you can do. Older people who want to make extra money may need to take their health or physical stamina into consideration before applying to work part time.
  • Check your local newspaper for part-time work. You can also browse online job sites.
  • Post your skills and services on bulletin boards in the public areas of churches, at local cleaners or in nail salons. Bulletin boards work great when you want to make extra money by baby sitting or dog walking. You can also offer lawn care for your neighbors or nearby communities.
  • Ask around. You may find part-time work by asking family and friends about opportunities. Often, the best jobs never make it to the newspaper.
Use your car to deliver pizzas. This is an easy way to make extra money, if you are familiar with the area and have a dependable car.

Run errands to the grocery store, drug store or post office for shut-ins or people in assisted living homes or senior citizen apartments.

Take care of animals. Walk, groom, pet sit or board animals. You can enjoy spending time with animals without having the responsibility of having your own.
Work in sales. If you like clothes, the latest styles and working with people, find a job in a clothing store. Most stores offer an employee discount on merchandise.

Wait tables, cook or tend bar in a restaurant to make extra money. This type of part-time work may require you to work nights and weekends, but you may make better tips during those hours.

Clean houses or office buildings to make money part time.
Sell items online that you no longer need or want. You can purchase items from garage sales, auctions or thrift stores and flip them for a profit.
Write from home. If you enjoy writing, consider becoming a freelance writer. A number of online writing opportunities may afford you the convenience and luxury of working from home.
Prepare tax returns to earn extra money. Start out by doing tax returns for your family and close friends. Without the overhead that most tax preparation businesses have, you can make more money.
Provide childcare in your home. This may work well for you if you have your own children to care for during the day.
Consider sewing and providing alterations to customers. If you have a sewing machine and enjoy sewing, this may be a natural fit for making money part time.
Deliver new vehicles to dealerships
Manufacturers deliver new cars to dealerships by way of truck. But large specialty vehicles, such as RV's, vans, school buses, ambulances and limousines are driven to dealerships.
That's where money-making opportunities abound. In fact, delivering new cars is "the perfect hidden profession," said Craig Chilton, author of "How to Get Paid $30,000 a Year to Travel Without Selling Anything" and editor.
"People drive new vehicles to dealerships every day. We see it, but don't realize it's happening," said Chilton, who was in the business more than a decade and who estimates there are 100,000 drivers today. Half of them work part-time. Pay runs about 35 cents a mile, plus air transportation home for drivers once deliveries are made. Trip lengths vary from quick 150-mile gigs to cross-country jaunts. You don't need a commercial driver's license to be a driver, but some states require a chauffeur's license, which you can get after taking a simple written test. Your driving record also must be fairly clean; a speeding ticket may be ok, but drunk driving is not, said Chilton.

Be a movie extra
The best way to get your smiling face on the Silver Screen -- and earn extra bucks to boot -- is to register with a casting agent. Many film producers select extras from an album of headshots. Check out Cenex Casting, which charges extras a $20 photo/electronic image fee or, which charges potential actors $14.99.
You don't have to be in a union to land a gig. In fact, it's hard to get into the Screen Actors Guild, but union members do earn more than non-union extras -- up to $200 for eight hours of work if they make it into the movie, television show or commercial. Non-union members can pick up about $50 a day.

Walk a dog
Love animals? Dog walkers typically earn $10 to $15 an hour -- per pooch, so this is a great way to earn quick cash and get some exercise, too. Of course, it helps if you're skilled at handling a pack of dogs.
One quick way to gain experience -- and potential references -- is to volunteer at dog obedience classes, said Dianne Eibner, author of "The Face in the Window: A Guide to Professional Dogwalking."
"When I started, I offered to take dogs to a trainer because the owners didn't have the time to do it and they wanted their dogs walked to calm them down. I was able to get experience and I didn't have to pay for the classes," Eibner said. She encourages new dog walkers to join the Professional Dog Walkers Association, which posts advice and training tips on its Web site. Membership requires a one-time fee of $20. 

Be a personal chef
There's good reason fast-food is so popular; most people nowadays don't have time to cook. But not everyone is heading to the local drive-through window.
These days, 72,000 clients now rely on personal chefs for convenient, fresh food, according to the American Personal Chef Association and Institute. Many are double-income families with more disposable income than spare time.
"This is a really popular second career for people who don't want to go to culinary school," said Candy Wallace, executive director of APCAI. "We have one gal who's an opera singer. She cooks three days a week, studies voice two days a week and sings professionally on the weekends."  graphic
In most cases, you work with clients to set a mutually convenient schedule. Personal chef positions are best suited for people whose full-time job offers some degree of flexibility. That includes teachers, real estate agents and freelance writers.
Wallace began her own career by cooking three days a week -- and earning $35,000 in her first year. She now leads APCAI seminars nationwide, where personal chefs learn tips on how to get their businesses off the ground.
"It can be hard work," said Wallace. "But if you're thrilled at the prospect of fresh ingredients and the tastes and colors of fresh food, this is an absolute joy.

Be a personal organizer or assistant
Are you super organized? Do you have a knack for creating great filing systems or making your home run efficiently? Then why not put your talents up for sale as a professional organizer? You could make $40 to $200 an hour.
"There are lots of ways people get into the business, but most professional organizers are people who have been organized in their lives and have experience organizing others -- either at work or in a home environment," said K.J. McCorry, public relations director of NAPO.
Want to know more about the business? NAPO has a referral program that puts potential organizers in touch with pros who can answer questions about getting started.If you'd rather be a second pair of hands to someone, then offer your services as a personal assistant. You may be asked to schedule appointments, meet repairmen, pick up cleaning, make travel plans or help organize an event. You can let your skills dictate the kind of services you offer.
Earnings potential for personal assistants can be comparable to personal organizers depending on your experience and skill level.


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