What’s your perfect part time job? I know as a busy and often over-scheduled mom, if I were ever to go back to work part time, I’d want something easy! I wouldn’t necessarily want to work somewhere that I had to think a lot or deal with a heavy amount of foot traffic. Pay would be secondary to whether I could handle the job with my current workload at home.
I’m not looking to go back to work part-time, but if you are, you might be in the same situation I am. If you are, you might be wondering where one finds an easy part time job.
Here’s my list of jobs that would be fairly easy to do.
Paper Delivery Person – To be a paper delivery person in most areas, you have to love early mornings. The job doesn’t entail much. You may have to fold some papers and bag them up if it’s rainy. Then you just drive around your assigned neighborhood and make sure people get their newspapers. If you crave solitude, this is a fantastic opportunity for some early morning quiet time!
Pizza Delivery – Dave Ramsey often recommends pizza delivery as a second job for those trying to get out of debt, and with good reason. Like newspaper delivery, pizza delivery is easy work. You’ll need to work in the evenings and on weekends, as those are prime pizza delivery hours. If you need some cash though, it’s not hard to drive the pizza from the pizza parlor to the customer and collect payment. You could make some nice tips, too. One time my brother received a $20 tip for getting the pizza to the customer in under 20 minutes. It’s rare, but things like that do happen.
Retail (in a slow store) – When I mention working retail, I don’t mean Target at Christmas time. That’s not easy. However, working in a smaller store in a strip mall isn’t difficult. There might be some busy periods, but most of the time the foot traffic is fairly slow. And usually the stores are air conditioned, making working conditions fairly pleasant. If I had to go back to work, a slow retail store might very well be at the top of my list of job prospects.
Tutor – If you have some knowledge that someone else might need, consider becoming a tutor. You can set your own hours, working as little or as much as you need to. If you want to, you can even work from your own home! And if you do a great job with your first few clients, you may not even have to advertise much, as word of mouth is the best kind of referral. If flexibility is what you’re looking for, tutoring has it!
Babysitter – I know a few of you are scratching your heads on this one. Babysitting? Easy? Hear me out. If you already have one or more young children in the home, it’s really not much extra work to take on one more child. I’ve done it. But even if you don’t want to take on the responsibility of another child running around your house, you might consider being a babysitter for the overnight shift. Sitters who are willing to watch kids overnight are hard to come by. And think about it. You will get paid for the time the child (and you) are sleeping.
House Sitter – For singles or couples without children, I can’t think of an easier job that house sitting. You basically get paid for living your life. Except you live at someone else’s house. If you consider it a mini-vacation, it could be the perfect job! Just don’t lock yourself out of the house, as I did during a house sitting job many years ago.
Many Night Shift Jobs – Sometimes the ease of a job has less to do with the type of job and more to do with the time you do it. For a few years, I worked at a home for those with developmental disabilities. Day and swing shift were very physically demanding. But I worked overnights, and all I had to do was a little light cleaning. Otherwise I was just there in case of emergency.
The same goes with other overnight jobs. After all, who really shops at Walmart at 3 am? Sure there are a few people, but if you work overnights, you won’t have to deal with many customers. If you don’t mind working while the rest of the world sleeps, pursue the graveyard shift. Night shift can be boring, but it’s not usually difficult.
Easy part time jobs aren’t really that difficult to find, if you’re flexible about when you work. These jobs aren’t generally very exciting or mind stimulating, but if you’re looking for a slow pace while making some money, these easy part time jobs might just be what you’re looking for.
What part time jobs would you consider easy?
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