They say all good things must come to an end, and so it has happened with the pay role tax cuts. The first check of the year was a rude shock to many working individuals. Some people are considering taking a second, or maybe even a third job to try to make ends meet. When most working people think about taking a part time job, they think first of the myriad of unskilled jobs that are traditionally held by students and the retired. Retail, fast food, and supermarket clerks are some of the classic part time jobs that people seek.
There are a variety of factors to consider when searching for a part time job. Do you have any physical conditions that could limit your ability to hold certain jobs? I used to work as a waitress before I settled on a career in the classroom, but now that job would be much more difficult. I’m older, a little achier, and definitely not up to the late nights and early mornings that I routinely did in college. I considered, briefly, applying at the new, very busy, steakhouse in town. I’m sure the money is good, but after watching the workers run around on a busy Saturday night I quickly realized this wasn’t for me anymore.
Another part time job that I have held in the past involved standing in one place for hours on end. While this wasn’t as physically demanding as a high-movement job, it still was difficult. Not only were most of the jobs that I considered going to be physically taxing, they were all lower paying. Because they were mostly considered unskilled, minimum wage or a few cents above it were the norm. If I was going to be away from my family during what should be prime time, nights and weekends, I really wanted more than a few dollars to show for it.From this, I began to consider my options in the work from home format. So many of these businesses were outright scams, it was ridiculous! Many of them required money up-front or needed you to buy a set of instructions or a kit to learn how to sell others a set of instructions or a kit. What a racket! I’m smart enough to realize that I could just as easily come up with my own set of instructions or kit and market it to gullible people without investing all that money up front. Besides that, if I had the extra money to invest I most likely wouldn’t need a part time job.
I knew that there had to be legitimate part time jobs out there for people who want to work from home. I’m not such a pessimist to believe that everything online is a hoax, but likewise, I’m not such an optimist to think that they are all on the level. If you are considering working part time from home, it is in your best interest to be willing to invest some time and energy checking out offers before investing in them. Do your homework. Check the business out with the Better Business Bureau. Look into blogs and other public opinion sites to see what others have to say that have had dealings with this company.
Another part time job can be in direct sales or marketing. Businesses like Amway, Avon, or Mary Kay are household names and to the right person can fit right into an already busy schedule. You have to be an aggressive, self-starting, motivated seller to make the most of this type of a part time job. It’s easy to be too nice and lose sales by giving up too easily or be taken advantage of by customers that order and never pay. I have to admit that I have done this type of work as well, and wound up being my own best customer. Between that and unpaid orders, I actually came out financially worse than when I went into the venture.
There are also online writing jobs, service jobs, and people who make extra money making and selling items by the piece. If you are motivated, willing to be creative, and able to take the time considering your options, there is probably a part time job that is right for you.