- Jake Stimpson/flickr
Trying to make some extra cash? Have free time you don’t know what to do with? Trying to develop or hone a new skill? You should consider getting a side gig.
FlexJobs, an online servicespecializing in telecommuting and remote work, recently put together a list of 15 high-paying jobs you can do on the side. To qualify for the list, each job had to be considered “flexible” (andnotfull-time), and had to pay at least double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, according to the job posting on FlexJobs.
Brie Reynolds, the director of online content for FlexJobs, says “side jobs” are defined as anything part-time, including freelance, temporary, short- or long-term, work-from-home, or in-person flexible gigs.
Here’s FlexJobs’ list of 15 high-paying side jobs you might want to consider:
- Flickr/mer chau
Pay: $50 an hour
Type of flexibility:Temporary, part-time
Description:Education professionals with experience in curriculum writing will find a variety of part-time and/or temporary positions to assist educational institutions and organizations with curriculum development, writing, and adaption. These jobs seek people who have excellent teamwork skills and who work well under deadlines.
- Reuters/Noah Berger
Type of flexibility: Freelance, telecommute
Description: Travel and tourism businesses, as well as real-estate companies, often hire writers to write city and/or neighborhood guides with information about population size, shopping, recreation, culture, entertainment, things to do, climate, transit, and more.
Pay: $48 an hour
Type of flexibility: Part-time, telecommute, freelance
Description: Consultants may work with one local business or a variety of nationwide or international companies to handle questions, review processes, and improve performance. Extensive previous management experience is typically required.
Pay: $36.50 an hour
Type of flexibility: Part-time
Description: For those with sign-language skills and an Interpreter’s License (which are usually state-sponsored), part-time and freelance contracts are often available. Depending on the employer, you’ll help different populations with hearing impairments communicate with interpretation.
- Flickr/Laura D’Alessandro
Pay: $32 an hour
Type of flexibility:Part-time, telecommute, temporary, freelance
Description:Web designers are responsible for the graphic-design elements of websites. In these roles, designers create, update, and manage web-design elements, and need to have design experience as well as excellent client-relations skills.
- Tech Hub/flickr
Pay: Up to $30 an hour
Type of flexibility: Flexible schedule, part-time hours, telecommute
Description: Software-development jobs are one of the most in-demand positions available today, and many offer part-time and project-based work. Depending on the gig, you might be updating existing websites, creating new templates, helping to develop new websites and apps, or other related tasks.
Online communications associate
Pay:Up to $25 an hour
Type of flexibility: Telecommute, part-time
Description: Online-community management positions are a growing area for part-time work. Responsibilities typically include updating web content, managing social media, providing system administration, writing content, and creating reports.
- Flickr/David Goehring
Pay: $25 an hour
Type of flexibility: Part-time, telecommute
Description:For certified teachers in a variety of subject areas, video-reviewer jobs are a part-time way to use your skills and experience for extra income. Video reviewers observe and assess the classroom and instructional performance of teachers from around the country, who send videos of themselves for review.
- Jorge Franganillo/Flickr
Pay: $21 an hour
Type of flexibility: Temporary, freelance, short-term
Description: A small amount of previous merchandising experience is needed for these types of jobs, where you’ll support a merchandising team by maintaining and updating information such as reports, samples, and updates from other teams.
Bilingual legal assistant
Pay: Up to $21 an hour
Type of flexibility: Freelance, short-term
Description: For someone with multilingual skills and previous legal experience, bilingual-legal-assistant jobs are often project or temporary jobs where you’ll help an organization with a specific case or issue, reviewing legal documents using your language skills.
- Thomson Reuters
Pay: $20 an hour
Type of flexibility:Freelance, part-time, telecommute
Description:Lead-generation specialists, also known as appointment setters, typically prospect, qualify, and generate appointments for a variety of companies and business-development teams. Someone with high self-motivation, determination, and communication skills should do well in this type of job.
Freelance product photographer
Pay: Up to $20 an hour
Type of flexibility: Temporary, part-time, freelance
Description: Make no mistake – photography side jobs require someone who is highly skilled in photography and related software for editing and retouching photos. Previous photography experience is almost always required, and graphic design and Photoshop experience is a plus.
Pay: Up to $19 an hour
Type of flexibility: Temporary, flexible schedule, potential for very part-time hours
Description: Plenty of part-time bookkeeping jobs exist, for both small and large companies. The responsibilities typically usually include using QuickBooks to do reconciliation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc. – so at least some experience (and relevant skills) are required.
Pay: Up to $17 an hour
Type of flexibility: Temporary, part-time, telecommute
Description: Copy editors and writers can be responsible for the writing, execution, and proofreading of materials across digital and print platforms. Depending on the employer, they may write and edit for marketing materials, editorial content, social media, or other types of material.
Temporary transcript processor
- VFS Digital Design/Flickr
Pay: $15 an hour
Type of flexibility: Part-time, temporary
Description: Data-entry jobs like transcript processing are a great side job for people who love to work independently, have solid attention to detail, and enjoy the unique challenges of data entry. Data-entry specialists are needed to input data from a variety of sources into the correct corresponding fields quickly and accurately, and working well under pressure is a must.