Finding Flexible Jobs that Pay Well


flexible jobAre you trying to make a little money on the side?

Many of us, these days, need a little boost to our income. Maybe your hours have been cut at your regular job. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home parent, but you family’s financial situation has changed. Maybe you’re in school and need something part-time to help pay off bills and loans.

If you’re looking for flexible, well-paying, part time work, it can help to think outside the box. Forget working as a barista or sales clerk. Check out these job fields that have been around for decades and show consistent growth in hiring.

1. Standardized Patient

No, no one is going to stick you with needles. Standardized patients are fake patients❠acting out a problem, or a case,❠to help medical students and doctors learn to improve their people skills.

Most hospitals and medical schools hire standardized patients to role play with their students. The work is generally part-time as needed, meaning that you provide your availability and are schedule around that based on the facility’s needs. Standardized patients can earn anywhere from $15 to $50 an hour, depending on where you work and what type of case you portray.

Find standardized patient work by checking the job boards of local hospitals and medical schools, or by simply searching standardized patient❠and your location.

2. Copy Editor

These are not the editors who improve storylines and character development in books. Copy editors are responsible for making sure that publications and online material don’t contain grammatical and spelling errors or any typographical or design inconsistencies. If you constantly pick out errors in menus, websites, magazine, or books, then this could be the perfect work for you.

Copyeditors can either work for a specific ad agency or publication, or as a freelancer by searching for work online. Depending on your experience and speed, you can make anywhere from $10 to $60 per hour as a copyeditor.

If you work for an ad agency, you may do most of your work in an office. If you’re a freelancer or work for a publication, however, much of your work can be done at home on your own time.

3. Tutor

Yes, you can offer yourself as a subject tutor in French or algebra, but you can make better money, and have more reliable work, if you tutor for a standardized test such as the SATs or GREs.

Companies like Kaplan, the Princeton Review, and many smaller prep courses hire tutors for these exams, and teaching students to pass them is a big part of the standardized test business. If you took either exam in the last five years and still have scores available, or you have previous teaching experience, this could be a perfect fit for you.

As a tutor, you can work part time, either at testing centers, out of your home, or at the homes of students. Depending on the company, you can make $25 to $75 per hour. Check company websites, Craigslist, or search SAT tutor❠and your location to find jobs.

Making a little extra money â“ or sometimes a lot of extra money â“ is at the top of a lot of people’s lists right now. Finding a flexible part time job that pays well is difficult, but exploring lesser-known fields can open up a lot of opportunities.

What tips do you have for finding flexible work?

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Written by Katharine Paljug

Katharine Paljug is a freelance lifestyle copywriter. She specializes in helping businesses connect with their customers through online copy, and enjoys writing about all those things that connect us: work, play, health, and happiness. When not working, Katharine can be found dancing onstage, curled up with a good book, or musing about wholesome living at Living in Balance.

Katharine Paljug

Katharine Paljug is a freelance lifestyle copywriter. She specializes in helping businesses connect with their customers through online copy, and enjoys writing about all those things that connect us: work, play, health, and happiness. When not working, Katharine can be found dancing onstage, curled up with a good book, or musing about wholesome living at Living in Balance.

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