Need a Side Hustle? These Second Jobs Can Boost Your Income

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second job - sometimes called a “side hustle" - can be useful for many reasons. Not only can it provide you extra money, but it can be a great way to pursue your passion, exercise a talent, build skills for your resume, meet new people, or try out a new career field without leaving your current position.

If you think a second job is a good idea for you, read below for tips on how to find a second job, what kind of second jobs are out there, and a detailed list of possible second job ideas.

Tips for Finding the Right Fit

If you think a side hustle is right for you, review the following tips to make an informed decision.

Make Sure You Can Manage It

Before beginning to look for a second job, think carefully about whether or not taking on a second job is the right decision for you. Make sure that you have enough time in your schedule to balance two jobs. If you have a busy, stressful first job, be cautious about adding a second job into the equation.

It may make more sense to consider looking for a new, higher-paying full-time position rather than to look for a second job to supplement your income.

Also, make sure the money is worth the loss of free time. Weigh the pros and cons of a second job thoroughly before beginning your job search.

Look for Flexibility

Most of the second job ideas listed below don't require a full-time commitment and offer the flexibility to work around your schedule. The trend in hiring is towards contract and part-time employment, so you will find plenty of flexible job opportunities available. 

In fact, many job applications will ask when you're available to work. With at least some of these jobs you can work online from home. With others you may be able to work weekends. In most cases you will be able to work around your full-time job schedule without having to juggle where you have to be.

Look for the kinds of job that will allow for that flexibility.

Be Flexible

When searching for a second job, you also need to be flexible yourself. If possible, consider jobs that involve working nights and weekends. These are jobs that fewer people want, so you are more likely to get hired.

Think About Location

You might also want a job with a flexible location. Perhaps only look for jobs that allow you to work from home, or apply to jobs at stores near your house for an easy commute. Think about what you need from a work location.

Make a List of Your Interests

If you aren’t sure what kind of job you want, make a list of your interests. Is there a skill or passion you have that you are not able to develop in your current work? Perhaps a second job is a place to do it. Similarly, if there is a company whose product you are passionate about, you might look for a job with them.

Consider the Skills You Need to Develop

If there is a skill that is important to your first job, which you feel you could improve, perhaps try to find a second job that will help you enhance that skill. Also, if you ultimately hope to switch career field, pick a second job that will help you develop the skills needed for the new field.

Search in Multiple Ways

You can find a second job in a number of ways. Spread the word in your network (through in-person conversations, on social media, via email, etc.) that you are looking for a second job. Look for part-time jobs online. Also, consider visiting companies you are interested in and asking if they are looking for part-time help.

Beware of Scams

Many online scams promise part-time jobs that are too good to be true. Be wary of any job that asks you to deposit a check, or that asks you for your credit card or other highly personal information (such as your Social Security Number).

Types of Second Jobs

There are many different jobs that could serve as a good second job for you. Below are six general categories of second job. Keep in mind that these categories do not cover every possible second job – there are many more possibilities. 

Ideally, your second job will be part-time, likely with a flexible schedule. What is great about the jobs in these categories is that most of them are part-time. While some people can manage two full-time jobs, this is often difficult or even impossible.

Read this list to see what the categories are, and to understand the pros and cons of each.

The 5 best types of second jobs, including freelance and seasonal jobs.

Freelance Jobs

freelance job involves completing work or projects for multiple companies rather than working for one company at a time. Companies often hire freelance writers, editors, graphic designers, data-entry specialists, and more.

The good thing about freelance jobs is that your hours are typically flexible – you can choose to take a job whenever you want the work and the money. You can also do most of these jobs at home.

Service Industry Jobs

Service industry jobs involve doing some sort of work for customers. Service jobs in the restaurant industry include host/hostess, waiter/waitress, busser, etc. Other service jobs include sales associates in retail and customer service representatives at call centers. The benefit of these jobs is that they are often part-time and your schedule can be flexible. You can also try to find a service job at a restaurant you particularly enjoy, or in a store that you shop at.

Seasonal Jobs

Finding a seasonal second job is a great way to make money during a period of the year when you have a bit more free time. Seasonal jobs include working as a delivery person during the holidays, seasonal retail jobs, summer festival jobs, resort jobs, tour guides, summer camp positions, tax season positions, trail maintenance workers, and more.

Caregiving Jobs

Working as a nanny or babysitter of young children can be a great way to make extra money and have a flexible schedule. You can also look for caregiving jobs for adults, particularly the elderly, or people with disabilities who need a variety of assistance.

Starting Your Own Business

Another option is to start your own business rather than working for a particular company or companies. Starting your own business definitely takes a lot of time and effort (and often a lot of money too), so this won't be ideal for everyone. However, if you are passionate about a project, you might decide to experiment with this route. 

This option allows you to be in charge and gives you some flexibility in terms of your hours. Consider working in a business or franchise that in time you might start yourself, having gained industry experience. For example, if you are thinking of opening a pizza shop, gain some insight to the challenges and requirements by working for an existing shop prior to risking your capital.

Note that these categories do not include every kind of second job. Read the list below for even more examples of good second jobs.

List of Second Job Ideas

A - Z

  • App Developer
  • Bartender
  • Blogger
  • Bus Driver
  • Business Coach
  • Call Center
  • Cashier
  • Child Care Provider
  • Cleaner
  • Coach
  • Coder
  • Comedian
  • Companion for the Elderly
  • Construction Worker
  • Consultant
  • Continuing Education Teacher
  • Craft Creator
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Data Entry
  • Delivery
  • Dog Walker
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Driving and Courier Service

E - M

  • eBay Reseller
  • Editor
  • Event Planner
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Flea Market Seller
  • Freelance Data Entry
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Freelance Programmer/App Developer
  • Freelance Video Editing
  • Freelance Web Designer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Futures Trader
  • Graphic Designer
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Home Health Worker
  • Host/Hostess
  • Hotel Front Desk Clerk
  • House Cleaner
  • Landscaper
  • Lawnmower
  • Lifeguard
  • Mediator
  • Medical Billing Service
  • Medical Transcriber
  • Musical Performer
  • Mystery Shopper

N - Z

  • Night School Teacher
  • Painter
  • Party Planner
  • Personal Coach
  • Pet Groomer
  • Pet Sitter
  • Pet Walker
  • Photographer
  • Programmer
  • Proofreader
  • Property Manager
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Restaurant Server
  • Retail Store Worker
  • Search Engine Evaluator
  • Security Guard
  • Senior Care Provider
  • Snow Removal/Plowing
  • Social Media Manager
  • Teaching Music Lessons
  • Telemarketer
  • Ticket Sales
  • Trader
  • Transcription (Medical or Legal)
  • Translator
  • Travel Agent
  • Tutor
  • Video Editor
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Waitstaff
  • Warehouse Worker
  • Web Designer
  • Wedding Photographer/Videographer
  • Wedding Planner
  • Weekend Landscaper
  • Writer