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Between jobs? Just graduated, took the summer off and now you are looking for employment? Spent the summer working an internship that did not materialize into a job? Finished an internship or started a full-time position only to realize it is not the career for you? There are many reasons to want or need temporary work, but it is hard to find a job that is flexible, an industry that is always hiring, and easy to leave and return to when necessary.

Here are the best temporary jobs to have:

1. Dog Walker Or Sitter

There are few jobs that offer as much flexibility as dog walking. It can be done as often or infrequently as your schedule allows. Dog walking is especially flexible, as it concentrates the time you are working, and leaves the majority of your day open to apply/interview for jobs, work on a creative craft, etc.

If you are interested in more money for a bit more work, you can offer to board dogs in your home or house sit and take care of someone’s pet while they are out of town. Rover.com is a great alternative to expensive boarding houses for pets, and lets them stay in a home while their parents are away. It is also good money for a fun job- you could not ask for friendlier coworkers. If you like animals and live in a facility that allows pets, this is the part-time job for you.

2. Host/Server/Bartender 

An industry many struggling artists turn to is hospitality for a steady paycheck. The schedule is flexible but steady,  and if it is a more upscale restaurant the money is good. There are solid perks: a free meal when you have a shift, and when you are off the clock and come in for dinner you get a good discount on your check depending on the restaurant. The employment culture is very fluid, people are getting hired or quitting on a regular basis for all sorts of reasons. Because employment is so transient, restaurants are almost always hiring. It’s an industry many fall back on time and time again.

3. Nanny Or Babysitter

Unlike some of these other jobs, babysitting or being a nanny requires experience with children- whether you are one of many siblings, or babysat through high school, etc., most people want to see prior experience on a resume before hiring someone to take care of their child. Most will want family references, etc. If this is a job you have experience in, and have families you can use as a reference, it’s a great gig. It is part time, leaving your days mostly free, it is fun and it is good money.

4. Temp 

When receptionists and various administrators call in sick, or take a leave of absence, etc., and they are essential to the running of the business, they will often call a staffing agency to send them a temporary worker to fill in for whomever is out. Many of these staffing companies are looking to place their employees into full-time positions, which tend to be administrative and nine-to-five. While temping you can pick and choose the assignments that work for your schedule, and the pay is pretty good.

5. Tutoring 

If you are a scholar in a particular subject or proficient in  a musical instrument or drama, tutoring is an excellent source of income that has a flexible schedule, and is well compensated on an hourly basis. It requires a certain level of education that other part-time jobs do not require, but if you did well in school and on standardized tests this is a great part-time job that pays well.

6. Uber Or Lyft Driver

Uber and Lyft have wildly changed the availability of transportation in some metropolitan areas. This is an easy side gig that simply requires you have a drivers license, a car and a good driving record. It is good, extra money for a straightforward job.

7. Handy person 

The TaskRabbit website allows you to hire yourself out as a handy person (help with moving, furniture/shelf assembly, etc.), an errand runner/delivery person, house cleaner, a box packer, or a personal assistant. When people are in need of assistance, the site matches clients with “taskrabbits.” You pick jobs in your area that you want and set your rate. You set your schedule and your pay. It is as easy as that.

8. Food Delivery 

If you have a car, bike or scooter and know your way around town, delivering food is a solid way to make pretty good money on a relatively flexible schedule. Do not want to commit to delivering food for 30-40 hours a week? Becoming a Postmates driver could be the job for you. Postmates is a service that delivers food from restaurants that do not deliver. Their delivery force is made up of people looking make some extra cash by delivering food. It is entirely on your schedule, and you have to agree to do the pick-up. The website advertises you can earn up to $25 per hour plus tips. Not bad for delivering food on your own schedule.

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Source: Forbes

11.14.2016
 
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