10 surprisingly high-paying part-time jobs
Making ends meet can be difficult, even with full-time work, particularly if you live in a big, expensive city like Toronto.
Maybe your hours have been cut, or maybe your bills are already covered but you want more cash for vacations, shoes and gadgets. Whatever the case, lots of people have to take on part-time jobs to cover expenses. Teachers and small business owners often have to find more employment. Life’s hard.
But not all part-time jobs are created equal. Here are ten that pay really well.
Translator: Put your ability to write in another language to work. Translators are paid approximately $25 an hour. The highest hourly rate is in Montreal, QC, where you can pull in $34/hr, while translators in Fredericton, NB, make a piddling $14/hr, so there is a wide range. French speakers are going to be in big demand in Canada, but if you speak, say, Afrikaans or Finnish, the competition won’t be as fierce. Translation jobs on Workopolis.
Waiter: There’s a reason actors and musicians make their livings as waiters. It pays the bills. It’s pretty much impossible to average out what servers make, considering how widely it ranges but suffice to say that if you get a good gig, you can do really well on minimum wage plus tips, certainly topping $20 an hour. One bar waitress I know made $100,000 a year. But that was full time. Don’t be crazy. Hospitality and food service jobs on Workopolis.
Bartender: Similarly, slinging drinks can net you a pretty penny, particularly in busy places. Plenty of bartenders can make about $1000 working three nights a week. So, it’s great work if you can get it. Bartender jobs on Workopolis.
Editor/Writer: A good freelance editor, who may work on anything from books, to magazines, to websites, will earn about $40-$60 per hour, though, often you’ll find yourself working on a per project basis. The good news is you set the rate. Some editors may also ask for retainers or a daily rate. Some may also work for less – say $30/hr – which is worth it if the work from one client is regular. It saves on the hustle, which eats time. Freelance writers, meanwhile, can earn hundreds to thousands of dollars per month. Arts and media jobs on Workopolis.
Tutor: If you were a wiz with any particular subject at school – math? science? French? – you can put this to work helping out kids who are struggling. While the internet suggests the average hourly wage for a private tutor is about $25 an hour, I know people who have charged $40-$60 an hour. If you work for a tutoring company you will make quite a bit less.
Glassdoor lists the hourly rate for tutors at Sylvan Learning Centers at $15-$16/hr.
Fitness instructor: Trainers can work in gyms, their own studios or in client homes. According to Payscale, the average pay for a Personal Trainer is $19.87 per hour. But most I know actually average $30/hr and, for in-home personal training sessions, $75-$100/hr. This job does require specific training and certification, the level and intensity of which varies depending on the physical discipline – yoga, aerobics, weights etc. – which does cost time and money itself.
Music teacher: If you play an instrument, like piano or guitar, well enough to teach others, there’s good money to be made giving music lessons. The pay varies widely, beginning at around $12 for a half hour, while one drum teacher tells me the standard rate for private lessons is $50/hr and up. Very experienced and in-demand teachers can charge $100-$150 an hour. Probably more.
Social Media Strategist: The social media expert is, as we know, a dying job title. This is because as businesses become more accustomed to social media, it will be less of a specialized skill and more of a common one. In the interim, however, Social media strategists can make some good coin. The job involves updating Facebook, Twitter, and other sites for companies. It’s unclear what it works out to per hour but people tend to charge $500-$1500 a month, so if you can score a couple of clients, you can do quite well on a part-time basis. Social media jobs on Workopolis.
Computerized College Note Taker: Note takers attend classes and type notes for deaf students. I’m informed that at George Brown, note takers can earn $36 an hour after the first year. And you get to learn stuff at the same time.
Dog Walker: Being great with man’s best friend is something you can turn into great part time income. If a dog walker charges $16 for an hour-long group walk and walks 3-5 dogs at a time, once a day four days a week, that’s nothing to sniff at. For private half-hour walks you can charge $20-$25. You should check the laws for licensing and insurance in your city, as cops do hand out tickets for infractions. Know that caring for people’s furry loved ones is a serious commitment, though, not to be taken lightly. Dog walker jobs on Workopolis.
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