Make Money Part Time
Even if you don't have a lot of time to spare you can still earn money part time. Part-time jobs require only a few hours of your time per week. You could also sell your services to others. Selling items is a great way to make money part time. With the right mindset, you'll be making money part time soon!
Working for Someone Else
- Think about what you would like to do. Think about the skills and resources you have. These include a work permit (where applicable), transportation, computer, software, tools, equipment, and mental and physical abilities (or limitations).
- If you were thinking about delivering pizza you would likely need a dependable car or truck to make deliveries.
- Decide how much time you'd like to spend each day or week making money part time. Your employer will need to know when you are available for work. Start identifying periods of uninterrupted time to work each week.
- If your schedule changes erratically, you will need to find ways to either create a stable schedule or find work that offers a lot of flexibility.
- If you worked a retail job your boss would need to know when you'd be available for work one to two weeks or more in advance.
- Ask around for open positions. You may find part-time work by asking family and friends about opportunities. Often, the best jobs never make it to the newspaper. Sometimes they will clue you in on jobs you be good at but didn't consider.
- Being a Become a Gofer is the type of job you may never find in newspaper. Fetching supplies and performing errands for a small business might be perfect for your schedule.
- Check your local newspaper and online job sites for part-time work. Employers cast a broad net when seeking new hires. Employment agencies are another method of finding a part-time job. Sites such as www.monster.com and www.indeed.com are great places to find jobs online.
- Prepare your resume for distribution. If you do not have a resume, write one now. Revise any resume you currently have. You will need to provide your resume or reference its contents for each job.
- Apply for jobs frequently. You will never get a job you haven't applied for. The application process is often lengthy but worth it. You may need to fill out a series of forms that ask more detail than your resume includes. Be prepared for an interview as well.
- Restaurants routinely need more waiters and waitresses. If you're interested in being a waiter or waitress you'll want to apply to many different restaurants in the area.
- Follow up with applications. If you apply for a job, it is acceptable to follow up on pending applications. This shows your potential employer you are motivated. Identify the person hiring for the position and send them an email.
- Manage scheduling conflicts quickly. Once you acquire a job, you will have to protect your time. Since this is only part time, you likely have other obligations or preferences. Make sure your employer is aware of the times you are unavailable to work.
Performing Services for Others
- Think about what you would like to do. Try to remember times you've helped others--especially if they offered to pay you. Consider if you could market those types of services for money. Do you know other people who would pay for those services
- If you've ever mowed lawns in your neighborhood or Work from Home (Baby Sitter) for a friend you likely earned a little money for your trouble.
- Decide how much time you'd like to spend each day or week making money part time. You will need to have a list of times you can be available to provide services. When you pitch your services to someone else, have these times on hand for quick reference.
- If you are available during the day, you might consider cleaning people's homes. People love coming home to a house that's already been cleaned for them!
- Ask around for needed services. You may find part-time work by asking family and friends about services they would like done for them. They may also have friends and relatives who need help as well.
- Develop a flyer with a list of services you are willing to provide. Making a single page flyer with your services and associated rates is a quick and easy advertisement tool. You can give these to friends and family so they can advertise for you.
- Post your skills and services on bulletin boards in the public areas of churches, at local cleaners or in nail salons. Eventually your friends and family will run out of things for you. You will need to expand your business. Remember to bring your own thumb tacks and tape.
- Bulletin board flyers can be stand-alone or include tear-off tabs. Be sure to consult the board's owner before posting anything. Sometimes tear-tab flyers are not allowed to be sure to have an alternative flyer.
- Use a planner to keep track of your appointments. This can be on your phone or in a notebook. Keep it with you at all times. You never know when one of your services will be requested.
- If you decided to tutor for extra money you'd likely have multiple students to tutor each week. Keeping track of when you need to be where and when is an absolute necessity.
- Always be on time and polite. Your services may be procured elsewhere. If you are prompt, kind, and courteous you will develop a rapport with them and secure future work.
- Use a receipt book to keep track of payments. When people pay you for a service you should provide them a receipt. Carbon copy receipt books allow you to keep track of who paid what, when, and for what service.
Selling Items for Profit
- Think about what items you would like to sell. You may want to sell items you already have. If you are adept at crafting you may sell items you make or refurbish.
- Selling items you already have is a short term venture. However, if you invest that money into crafting or refurbishing you can develop a sound part-time business. Depending on the items you have, you can sell items at yard sales, online, in classified ads, or even auction houses.
- Consider what craft or thrift stores are around town. You will need a place to purchase goods to be refurbished or used in crafting.
- Research your product thoroughly. Many crafts and hobbies you can do are not profitable. To make money you will have to do your homework. Use online sites to see what items are selling and for how much. Visit local stores and websites to determine if you'd be able to make a profit selling any product.
- Decide how much time you'd like to spend each day or week making money part time. This will impact how much money you can earn buying, crafting, and selling products. Be cognizant of how much work you are putting into a product relative to your profit.
- Sewing from home is a great way to create custom products as needed. If you are short on time, let customers place customized orders. Then you can sew only what they want. You can tell them how long it will take to make and avoid blindly spending time making products people may not want to buy.
- Identify your consumer and mode of distribution. Who will buy your items? How will you sell your items to them? Once purchased, how will you be able to get the items to their home? Be sure to accurately estimate shipping and handling costs if selling online.
- Many people use online sites such as www.etsy.com, www.ebay.com, or www.craigslist.com to advertise to a broad market and sell their items.
- Local festivals, fairs, and markets may provide you an opportunity to sell your products in person. You typically have to purchase a booth. Even if you don't sell enough to cover the cost of the booth, you can distribute business cards to potential customers to view and purchase your goods online.
- One clever trick is to Sell Used and Vintage Clothing from Garage Sale and Thrift Stores. Buying locally for cheap and selling online at a higher cost is good business. You can turn a profit and still provide customers with quality clothing at less-than-retail prices.
- Use customer input to manage your resources carefully. Keep track of what people buy so you can invest in making more of those products. You don't want to spend too many resources on products people never buy. Use initial sales as the measure of a product's viability.
- Social media is a great way to advertise services. However, excessively posting advertisements via websites like twitter.com or facebook.com can make people hide or block you.
- Handing out flyers or placing them under windshield wipers, in mailboxes, or on doors may not be legal in your area. When in doubt ask permission of the property manager.
- Make a Flyer
- Get a Part Time Job
- Deliver a Pizza
- Excel in a Retail Job
- Be a Waiter
- Make Money by Mowing Lawns
- Start a Maid Service
- Become a Gofer
- Become a Freelance Writer
- Fill Out a US 1040A Tax Return
- Work from Home Sewing
- Make a Homemade Book
- Make Bar Soap
- Become a Tutor
- Work from Home (Baby Sitter)
- Sell Used and Vintage Clothing from Garage Sale and Thrift Stores
Sources and Citations
- Granovetter, M, (1973), "The Strength of Weak Ties", in "American Journal of Sociology", 78(6) 1360-1380