After the holiday hustle and bustle dies down, we’re left with fond memories, new traditions, and credit card bills. January may herald the New Year, but it also offers our first post-holiday credit payments, and reminds us of just how much we (over)spent during the holidays.
Taking a part-time job is one way to help pay off those bills, but typical part-time jobs are time consuming, and for professionals with years of experience in their chosen career field, it may feel like a step down. Thankfully, there are a number of low-commitment part-time jobs that are flexible, offering the option to telecommute or work a flexible schedule, and that offer more of a challenge for professionals.
Here are 5 side gigs for making some extra cash. These jobs all offer the option to telecommute, so you won’t have to spend more time commuting just to make a few extra bucks.
Copywriter or Freelance Writer: Writing jobs are everywhere online. Some are specific for certain expertise areas or technical know-how, where others are general content writing opportunities. Most are freelance and offer the option to telecommute. Education websites, content websites, and individual companies all seek writers to develop and deepen their content.
Personal Historian: For people who love getting to know other people and about their histories, these part-time flexible jobs are perfect. Each historian is assigned to one person at a time to learn about their lives and family histories. These compilations are typically gifts from family members who want to capture their relatives’ experiences for future generations. Historians spend time speaking with individuals about their lives from childhood to adolescence, keeping detailed notes to compile a complete history.
Technical Support Agent: Companies large and small hire at-home advisors to assist their customers with technical issues and questions. These are typically part-time positions done from home, and they require someone who loves solving problems, has patience to listen to customer issues, and who enjoys helping people. All that, and you have to have some technical know-how, of course!
Translator: If you’re bilingual (or trilingual, or more!) and looking for a job utilizing your language skills, translators are needed for a variety of jobs. You may assist doctors in communicating with their non-English speaking patients, or translate a book or website from one language to another. Other roles include writing subtitles for television and movie productions, working as a journalist for a multi-language news service, or helping to interpret as a speaker of American Sign Language.
Online Adjunct Faculty: If you have an advanced degree and several years experience your field, and you’re interested in teaching college-level courses, online adjunct faculty positions are a growing field. More colleges are moving classes online, opening up their reach to more students, and therefore hiring more adjunct faculty to teach online courses. Depending on your open time, you can teach one or more courses each semester. Teaching experience will definitely help you land one of these side gigs.
These are just five examples of the huge number of part-time side gigs that can be done from home. If you find yourself overcome with buyer’s remorse in the New Year, or just want to ramp up your savings for future expenses, consider a part-time, flexible, telecommuting job to bring in extra income.
Brie Weiler Reynolds is the Director of Content and Community at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media.