Looking to earn some extra money? Try one of these opportunities in your spare time.
Whether you want to pay off student loan debt, save for a big-ticket purchase or build up a rainy-day fund, working a side job is a great way to reach your goal.
Side jobs are part-time positions that offer job holders the flexibility needed to earn extra money while working full time in other roles. GOBankingRates has searched for the highest-paid side jobs, with the qualifier that positions had to earn at least twice the average hourly rate in the U.S. — $25.53 as of April 2016. Here are five of them.
Average salary: $300 to $500/wedding
If you love attending weddings and speaking in public, consider a side gig as a wedding officiant. Check your state and local requirements for setting up a business as a wedding officiant. (In Washington, that includes judges and any regularly licensed or ordained minister or priest of any church or religious denomination.) Start by officiating weddings for friends and family members to develop your style. Then, once you’re ready to work, spread the word among your social network to book dates.
According to The Penny Hoarder website, you can hope to make $300 or more for a single wedding.
LAWN CARE PROFESSIONAL
Average salary: $55/hour
Sign up as a vendor with GreenPal, a lawn care service and app that CEO Bryan Clayton describes as “Uber for lawn care,” and make money on the side mowing lawns.
“Many of our lawn care vendors are part-timers — some are firemen, some are teachers that use our app in the summer to make extra money; others are college students that work afternoons and weekends, and it is the perfect way for them to make extra money,” Clayton says.
“Our average vendor makes around $55 per hour mowing lawns on our system.”
Average salary: $50 to $500/hour
Fashionistas with an eye for current trends might be able to find side jobs as fashion consultants for high-end shoppers. Some clients are willing to pay top dollar for fashion help and will even ask their personal shoppers to select entire wardrobes for different seasons.
As a fashion consultant, you’ll meet with clients to discover their likes, dislikes, personalities and style goals. According to The Art Career Project, savvy stylers can earn anywhere from $50 to $500 per hour for their work.
FOCUS GROUP PARTICIPANT
Average salary: $100/project
Earn extra cash simply by giving your opinion as part of a focus group or research study. In a focus group, you might be shown a presentation about a certain product or service, while a research study often requires you to perform tasks or take a quiz.
You’ll have to provide details about yourself in order to participate. However, for very little effort and time, you could earn $100 or more, according to The College Investor. Find opportunities for this gig at FindFocusGroups.com.
CITY GUIDE WRITER
Average salary: $50 to $100/project
If you love your city and have a passion or talent for writing, a side gig as a city guide writer might be ideal.
According to Business Insider, real estate and tourism businesses often hire local writers to craft city and neighborhood guides. As a city guide writer, you would provide a unique local perspective on the city, statistics about population demographics and insider tips for shopping, recreation, culture, entertainment, activities, public transportation and more.