Rideshare driving is a great, flexible part-time job, but some drivers want more. Much like planning for your Plan B after rideshare driving, some drivers take on equally flexible part time work in conjunction with rideshare driving. Today, RSG contributor Chonce Maddox Rhea shares the best part-time jobs in addition to rideshare driving.
One of the things I love about rideshare driving is how flexible it is. A few years back, I recommended my husband start driving for Uber or Lyft because it was flexible and would allow him to set his own hours.
At the time he worked 5-6 days per week (on a varying schedule) and was gone from 9 am to 5 pm. Since we didn’t really know when his off days would be each week, it was crucial that we found something that could fit around his schedule.
While we love the freedom and flexibility that comes with rideshare driving, there are plenty of other ways to work part-time on your own terms as well. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a student, or a full-time employee looking for a side hustle, these 10 best flexible part-time jobs are worth considering.
If you enjoy sales and interacting with other people, you’ll like working as a brand ambassador. Brand ambassadors help market a product often by assisting with promotional events and doing in-store demonstrations.
This work may involve giving away samples of a product or coupons and talking to people about all the features and benefits of the item for example. Most jobs pay hourly or per event. You can find opportunities by searching on job boards like Indeed or applying directly with agency that hires brand ambassadors like Across the Nation, Victor Marketing Agency, and Attack! Marketing and Promotions.
Freelancing allows you to take a skill you have and help others with it for a fee. Many different companies and even solopreneurs hire freelancers to help with a variety of tasks.
You can work as a freelance writer, graphic designer, or a consultant. The best part about freelancing is that you can set your own rates, choose who you work with, and decide when you work. This is perfect for busy parents or even someone who likes to work odd hours.
Freelancers are in charge of covering their own taxes, benefits, and time off. However, you can factor those costs into your rates when you start to get clients.
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3. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant or VA is basically a virtual secretary who performs a wide variety of tasks for small businesses, blogs, and other entrepreneurs. Common VA tasks include blog management, organizing email, research, phone calls, updating websites, scheduling newsletters, scheduling meetings, live chat support and more.
As you could probably already tell, most VAs work from home since all their work can be done from a computer. This can also be a super flexible part-time job because you can work whenever you want so long as you meet your deadlines.
Another flexible part-time job to think about is transcription work. Transcriptionists basically take audio and video content and turn it into text. You may transcribe things word for word, or you may type up summary versions of the content.
To be a transcriptionist, you must be an efficient typer. It’s important to not only type quickly but to also type accurately so there are no mistakes in the final version.
5. Social Media Assistant
Social media has created many new jobs due to its popularity and one of those is social media management. A social media manager or social media assistant is someone who helps small businesses grow and manage their social presence.
This job may include tasks like scheduling posts, interacting with followers, promoting new products, running contests, and testing out different Facebook ad campaigns. You don’t need a degree or certification to get started and you can use your existing experience.
If you spend a lot of time on social media anyway, you likely know what type of content people like and you can learn more about different strategies to try to help clients grow online.
6. Drive For Uber or Lyft
If you haven’t already given rideshare. Driving for Uber or Lyft allows you the freedom to set your own schedule and work as often or as little as you like. Drivers get paid weekly and may qualify for special sign-on bonuses (depending on your city).
Rideshare driving is flexible for anyone because there are always passengers using the app. You can choose to drive during the early morning, late at night, at lunchtime, or whenever it is most convenient for you.
Don’t have a car but still want to rideshare? Check out Fair, which is Uber’s rental car program. This is a newer service that allows you to pay one weekly price to rent a vehicle that you can use to drive for Uber.
You can cover the weekly cost of $185 (plus taxes) by completing at least 70 trips if you’re in California. Then, you can earn bonuses and income from additional trips. Read our review of Fair for Uber/Lyft drivers to learn more about how it works.
7. Deliver Food or Packages
Another way to use your car to earn money is by delivering food and packages in your area. Amazon Flex hires drivers to deliver packages. You can work part-time, set your own schedule, and make $18 to $25 per hour on average.
8. Website Tester
If you’re looking to work flexibly from home, you can test websites part-time and get paid to share your opinion. Website testers visit a particular site and share their thoughts and first impressions as feedback for others. Generally, you’d need a computer with a built-in microphone or external microphone so you can record a video of you scanning the site and sharing your opinions out loud.
9. Online English Teacher
Love to teach and help others succeed academically? Consider becoming a tutor or teaching English part-time. Sites like VIPKid allow you to teach other kids’ English and pick your own hours.
Education First and Tutor ABC are other sites you can join to earn money by teaching. Keep in mind that you may need a teaching or ESL certificate in order to qualify. However, teachers who use the VIPKid platform can make up to $2,000 per month part time.
In-home caregivers are often in demand as families or elderly persons may need the extra help. Some clients may live independently but still be unable to do certain tasks around the house, remember to take certain medications, cook, clean, go shopping, etc.
That’s where you can help support them and their families. Working as an independent caretaker will still allow you to work flexibly and set your own schedule. However, you can also make it your own part or full-time business and use sites like Care.com, Kindly Care, and Indeed.
While many of us may have found success working with a rideshare company either part-time or full-time, there are still over flexible opportunities out there if you’re looking to diversify your income.
If a flexible part-time job will help you save more money or free up more income to pay bills, ask yourself what your current skills and interests are. Then, try one or more of these ideas out to see what works best for you.
Readers, do you have any side gigs in addition to rideshare driving? Which ones sound most interesting to you?
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-Chonce @ RSG