I know I'm not alone in this. I have a full-time job, but it's just barely cutting it, so I'm turning towards finding another job. However, I need one with a flexible schedule, and something that doesn't end up killing me from being to intense! I'm not a robot, as much as employers want me to be, I need to sleep a little bit. So, I complied a short list of jobs I've either tried or I'm looking into. It's short because I wanted to keep these realistic...I'm not going to let someone stab my arm with a giant needle and suck the life from me for $45.
Drive for Lyft or Uber.
This is one that I’m personally going to be trying out over the next year. I’ve heard good reviews from both male and female drivers. They also seem to care more about their driver’s safety more that Uber. I’ve only used Uber as a customer while traveling in London, England and it was decent, but I like the policies of Lyft more. Here’s hoping that works out!
Bartending or Bar-Back
This one is a bit trickier if you don’t have any kind of food service experience, but if you’re a quick learner and good with multitasking this might work well for you. You can make a decent amount in tips, without working incredibly long hours.
Are you a morning person with an afternoon or evening job? Have you tried becoming a barista? If anything, you can get some food service under your belt and take that with you if you need a job in a pinch. It’s a pretty simple job and since you’re usually busy making drink after drink in pretty quick succession, you don’t have to do much customer interaction. Plus, you get tips, not a lot unless you work alone, or with one other person, but it’s better than minimum wage.
This takes a bit of research, but I’ve found solar panel companies (I live in Southern California where they are everywhere…) usually pay an hourly rate on top of a commission for every sale you get. Even if you only plan on doing this job for a few weeks, there’s not a lot of pressure to make sales since you’re getting paid. These jobs see a huge employee turn around anyway, so I don’t think they’d take it personally if you up and left after a month or two working with them.
Tis the season to get a job you don’t care about and the employer is fully aware of an end date. The nice thing about seasonal jobs is you can work as little or as much as you want. Yearly employees typically will ask for more days off during the holidays, giving you ample hours to snatch up for more pay. Summer jobs are great, too since most people take vacations and more store events tend to take place to boost sales during the slower months.
Life Drawing Model
Most people will say that you have to get naked for this job, and truthfully most job offers will ask for that, but you can find a few, specifically that work with high school students that ask for clothed models. You can wear swimwear, or tight fitted clothing and still do your job. Body confidence is key here, but from one larger lady who has been a nude model in the path - the more curves and fat you have the more in demand you are. Most teachers and professors will want someone with a more complex figure it give a bit more of a challenge to their students. Plus you get a 360 image of you in the buff! This is suitable for ALL ages, too.
These are just a few of the more realistic jobs that I’d look into. There’s also catering, gardening, photography assistant, etc… but these jobs have been (mostly) tested by me personally and saved me in those tight moments. With the new year already making its mark, and our wallets empty from the holidays, it’s time to start considering how to build a savings and budget for the next couple of years… it’s going to be a rough few.