50 Best Part-Time Jobs

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Find an ideal part-time job

People take on part-time jobs for many different reasons.

For some it is because of a disability.  For others it is an issue of scheduling.  Some people only need a minimal income to subsidize their living.  Others are looking for extra money to pay down debt because they are upside down in debt and trying to  get out of credit card debt.

Here are some great resources for people searching for a part time job:

  1. Monster - online classifieds with part time job listings.
  2. Odesk – an online site where you can post your skills and hire yourself out according to your own hourly rates.
  3. E-Resume – get professional assistance with your resume.

Once you know why you need the work it’s time to start thinking about what you will do.

In the book 101 Best Weekend Businesses Dan Ramsey provides a list of part time work to consider (as quoted in Planting Missional Churches ).  The following list includes many of the suggestions by Dan Ramsey.  The best part of the list is that you can do many of them working for an organization or if you prefer you can work for yourself.

Part Time Work with Good Earning Potential | The Best Part-Time Jobs

Antique restoration service Apartment preparation service Auto detail service
Banking service Bookkeeping service Caregiver
Carpet-cleaning service Catering service Child care
Chimney sweep Collection service Companion to the elderly
Computer instructor Computer maintenance Construction cleanup
Cooking instructor Crafts business Desktop publisher
Driveway repair Food delivery service Fund-raiser
Furniture refinishing Handy-person service Housecleaning service
House painting Importer Income tax preparations
Information broker Kitchen utensil-sharpening Mail-orders
Masonry service Newsletter publisher Newspaper stringer
Personal consultant Photography service Picture-framing service
Plant care Pool cleaning Rental preparations
Research service Resume writer Reunion planner
Word processing Security service Small appliance repair
Teaching your skills Telephone survey Translation service
Tree-trimming Tutoring service Used car sales
Video-copying Wallpaper Wedding planner
Window cleaning Woodworking Writer

Reactions to these good paying part time jobs

  1. You’ll probably recognize that you are more gifted that you realized. There were several things along the way that made me think – hey I could do that!  Moreover, I would really enjoy some of those things.  It is a great idea to turn a hobby into a side job.
  2. The suggestions that allow you to work for yourself probably holds more opportunity for profit.  When you work for someone (specifically part time) you will find that your chances for advancement and salary increases are limited.  However, by working for yourself you can open a lot of doors.  You might need help starting your own small business.
  3. You’ll notice that ‘service’ jobs are abundant.  I think these jobs would be extremely rewarding because people really appreciate and need your service.  I spend just over two years working at an apartment for seniors.  There are so many valuable services to offer to the aging because they are in a unique stage of life.
  4. Use this list to spur on further creative thought.  Since I started blogging I have been amazed at that you can make money blogging.  Two other current things I do is make money getting paid to write online, and make money selling eBooks.  In addition there is virtual assistant work, and freelance writing (check out Odesk).  Technology has opened the door to a lot of online part time occupations.  The biggest advantage is the flexibility.
  5. Always keep your goals in front of you. Often people take a part time job to accomplish something in the short term.  It might be paying off debt.  It might be helping you through a slow work season.  However, you need to know your exit point from the beginning.  How much do you need to make and when do you need to get out.  Working a lot of hours may be necessary in the short term.  Just don’t make it a new habit of life.

This post is final post on a series on small business issues.  To read other articles in this series see:

5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your First Business

How to Successfully Transition from Hobby to Side Job

How to Evaluate Risk When Starting a Small Business

Start Your Own Home Based Small Business

How to Keep Your Small Business Without Losing Your Family

Photo by woodleywonderworks.

Any other good part time jobs you want to suggest?


  1. says

    You’re absolutely right–many of these are within the reach of the majority of the population. Kitchen utensil-sharpening caught my eye. Now that sounds like an interesting job! (seriously) When I think of “importer” I think of sleezeball. :) Maybe I just watch too many movies.
    .-= Wojciech Kulicki´s last blog ..A Personal Finance Reading List =-.

    • Craig says

      Your a pretty talented guy. I bet you could figure out the kitchen utensil sharpening. I wonder if it could become a full time gig?

  2. says

    You know what it reminded me of are those Bud Light commercials with the singing. “You’re a kitchen utensil sharpener…(chorus) kitchen utensil sharpener…the king of the blade…the sharpener of sharpeners…(chorus) don’t slice that finger off now”

    Oh man, I crack myself up.
    .-= Wojciech Kulicki´s last blog ..A Personal Finance Reading List =-.

  3. says

    Exactly how I started my painting and home improvement business over 30 years ago, giving Him all the credit for every dollar earned. Painting Denver and Colorful State of Colorado, we are one of the leading painting contractors here in Colorado, having a vast knowledge and expertise of all forms of house painting.

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  5. says

    i should say that you have made some good points, really impressive..i am doing a part time job as a financial consultant and going great i guess..you have mentioned the jobs that are interesting and people should have no issue in doing that…

  6. Pamela says

    Craig, when you mention a “banking service” on your list, what do you mean? I am trying to envision that, and I’d like to know what you had in mind when you included it on the list. Thank you! Pamela

  7. says

    You have a very good list there and I can personally relate to several of them, such as tax preparation. You might want to add one for Online Affiliate. It’s highly competetive, but if you select a good niche, you can make a few bucks without leaving your home. It’s also a lot of fun for me seeing if I can get a better position in the SERPS that the big companies with very deep pockets.

  8. Priya says

    You have good list there, Many of us has such skill which will help others the get their work done, even if include some site( e. g. PubsCode.com, Odesk, Elance etc.) where people can serve their services or can sale their products it will give them opportunity to get it start on easy go.

  9. michael says

    After unemployed for about one year, I have tried various of jobs from 2009. Until 2010, I started my small business of online sale (through Facebook and as a part time job) , it work! It bring me a small profit of about usd200 per month at the starting, but after two years of running, now I have a steadily income of usd1500-2500 per month from the business. Add up with my earning from graphic design (freelance jobs) I have a total of usd5000-6000 monthly income.
    I believe that unemployment can only be getting away by your persevering mind!

    • says

      This is for Michael , I am about ready to give up , I have tried too many various jobs and still headed no-where , How did you get started on the web, I don’t seem to get any where here , things just don’t connect. I would like to sell my sewing projects, of great dresses,etc.

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