Let’s face it. There’s something strange happening in the UK job market lately.
After Brexit, we all heard that unemployment was dropping. In fact – it hit a rate of 4.5%, which is the lowest our unemployment level has been since 1975. On paper, we’re in a great place to find plenty of high-paying jobs. Except, the truth is that today’s job-seekers are no better off. In fact, we’re actually in a worse position than we once were, thanks to adjustments for inflation.
While employers might have a record number of vacancies to fill, average wages remain upsettingly low, and everyone from part-time parents, to students trying to make cash when they’re earning their degree, is struggling to make a real income. It’s no wonder that everyone’s searching for the best part-time careers they can get their hands on.
Ultimately, finding work in the modern marketplace isn’t as simple as we’d like it to be. In fact, even people who have a job today are struggling to make ends meet thanks to the rise of things like “zero hour” contracts. We don’t have the stability we need to support our families, and that means we’re all looking for a little bit of extra support.
The good news? If your “main career” isn’t giving you the sustainable bank balance you’ve been looking for, then we could have the solution. In this guide, we’re going to introduce you not only to 20 of the best-paying and easiest part-time jobs you can get right now. We’re also going to show you how you can get started too.
If you’re sick of struggling in a rough economy, then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s dive into our top 20 ways to earn money part-time.
Temp Work (Temping)
What happens when you want to make extra money, but you’re not sure which days, or weeks you’re going to be available? That’s a real concern for many of today’s families, and temp work can be a great way to get the odd day of extra income here and there. There are plenty of job agencies on the market today, like Reed.co.uk, Monster, and so on, that can help you to find temporary employment when you’re eager to spend a day in the office.
A temp job from a company like Hays.co.uk, or Uktemps.co.uk can be a great low-stress way to build up some extra money, as they often involve simple tasks like covering a reception when someone’s off sick or catching up on some filing for a company that’s fallen behind. You won’t be expected to take on much responsibility, because you’re only going to be with the business for a small amount of time.
If you’re looking to take the digital approach to temping, you could also consider a site like “Fiverr” – which is the largest marketplace for the gig economy online today. You can basically offer a day’s worth of work doing almost anything – from editing video clips, to writing blog posts, or translating.
Fiverr and the gig economy takes us onto our next suggestion for the best ways to earn money part-time. Freelance work is becoming increasingly popular in the modern marketplace – particularly as the digital world makes it increasingly easy for people to share their skills online. Freelance work can consist of anything from writing blog posts, to photography, or even engaging in a bit of programming on the side.
One of the things that make freelancing so exciting, is that you can work for clients all over the world, without leaving your home in the UK. All you need is an internet connection and a bit of creativity to get started. If you’re interested in freelancing Freelancer.com and Upwork.com are two great websites to get you started.
While most freelancers focus their efforts on things like social media management, blog posts, and graphic design, there’s also plenty of freelance jobs available that require much simpler skills too. For instance, you could consider becoming a virtual assistant for someone who doesn’t have the time to respond to their own phone calls and emails. TaskRabbit, and PeoplePerHour are both great places to start your VA freelancer career.
If you hate tidying up at home, then this may not be the perfect part-time job for you. On the other hand, if you’re the kind of person who relaxes or de-stresses by scrubbing the sink, then you can always earn a little extra cash sprucing up a local office, or someone else’s home. Cleaning is something that most people can do pretty easily, but you should be prepared to work hard – as most people won’t pay for a sub-standard job.
If you do personal cleaning through sites like Gumtree.com, Freelancer, or even Peopleperhour, then you will be able to choose your own hours and work as much as you like. At the same time, you’ll also have the option to choose your own prices, although it’s important to be aware of the going rate if you want to be competitive.
If you do decide to go freelance, make sure that you get insurance, in case you damage anything when you’re cleaning. It’s also worth looking into the standards and training you should get to make your applications more impressive. The British Institute of Cleaning can help with this. Keep in mind that if you’re working as a part-time cleaner for a company, then you might need to get a disclosure and barring service clearance before you can start.
Carer or Caring Assistant
If you’re the kind of person who likes to look after people, or you’re a natural people person, then you could do well in a care position. There’s a huge demand for people who can simply spend some time with older people in need of extra assistance, or work with individuals who might have disabilities. The great thing about becoming a caring assistant is that you don’t necessarily have to work in a care home. Further information is available on the NHS website.
If you need your hours to be flexible, then you can work through an agency with people in their own homes. Many of these jobs are advertised on Indeed or Homecare.co.uk. There are plenty of people out there who need extra help to maintain some of their independence in their own homes, and these individuals are happy to pay for someone to do everything from cooking their meals to making sure that they take their medicine on time.
Often, the main role of a care worker will be to provide ongoing support for a person who can’t fully look after themselves. Care workers often find themselves working alongside people with learning disabilities, mobility problems, and the elderly. There’s also plenty of jobs out there for people who want to work with children. However, social care is quite a competitive industry, and you might need to get some qualifications if you want to stand out. For instance, a Level 3 CPD accredited certificate can take you a long way.
If you’re a natural night owl, or your schedule of looking after the kids or studying for school means that you have plenty of time left over on a late evening to offer your skills elsewhere, then you can always look for a job that allows you to cover night shifts. The great thing about working at night is that these shifts are often better-paid than their daytime counterparts – because most people would rather be at home and in bed if they can manage it.
Of course, if you want to successfully hold onto a night-shift job, you’ll need to make sure that you can find the time to get the sleep you need throughout the day. There’s plenty of jobs available in factories, as well as options for security monitors too. For instance, you could work in a dorm, a large company, or a museum watching the security monitors in a sperate room. Most of these jobs will start late at night and can go on all the way to the morning.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something that’s more likely to give you a job on the evening, but not cut out all of your available sleeping time, you could consider bar-tending. You’d need to get some training to make sure that you’re equipped to work with alcohol (check out Shaker UK and the UK Bartenders’ Guild), and it’s important to be good in social situations too.
If you have an artistic side, or you’ve always been passionate about creating things, then you could always try making money out of your talents. For instance, if you already make your own jewelry for fun or knit blankets for your kids, then you could always turn to a website like Etsy or eBay to start selling those wares online.
Though it might not seem possible to make much money selling what you make, you’d be surprised how big your miniature business can grow if you’re willing to put the effort into it. Obviously, the things that take you the most time to produce are the things you’ll need to sell at higher prices if you want to make any kind of income. As well as selling online, there’s plenty of other options you can explore when you’re promoting your items too.
For instance, you can prepare homemade meals for people using Feastly, or check out the options with Amazon’s “Handmade” service. Don’t just limit yourself to digital sales either – you can always sell your crafts at local fairs and marketplaces too. Eventually, you might even decide to open your own boutique shop if you have enough stock to sell.
Part-Time Office Work
If you want a standard or more “traditional” job that fits around your hectic schedule, you’re not necessarily limited to sharing your talents online or making drinks at a local bar. There are plenty of offices around the UK that offer part-time positions during the evening. Sites like Total Jobs ,Indeed and Monster have thousands of part time office vacancies available. Usually, these jobs will involve some of the more boring tasks like finishing off work that was left behind throughout the day or filing.
Depending on the type of office job you apply for, you might even be able to get involved with some digital marketing initiatives too. For instance, you can start late at night and work on building up a company’s social media presence by setting up posts on an automated social sharing app. This means that you can make sure that the business you work for stays socially active throughout the day when they might not have a social media manager around.
Part-time office work often involves working for a few hours a day, and you can earn a decent wage from it if you look in the right places for employment. What’s more, this kind of office work is often easier than a full-time reception job, as you’ll only be given a basic level of responsibility.
Local Shops or Supermarkets
Another great “traditional” job to consider involves working in a local store or supermarket. Working at a supermarket like Asda or Tesco is sure to give you some flexible hours because these larger stores stay open well into the night. This means that if you’d prefer to run night shifts, or you need to switch between day shifts and evening shifts, you should have some room for versatility.
However, don’t expect the late shifts at your local shops to be very exciting. Most of the time, you’ll probably be spending your time organising and stacking shelves. However, you can get a much higher rate of pay this way. Alternatively, if the idea of working for a large supermarket doesn’t appeal to you, you could consider pursuing your passions in a more boutique local shop instead.
For instance, if you’re passionate about food, you could try finding a local food shop who’s happy to let you choose your own hours, or work late at a bookstore organising the new shipments that come in. As surprising as it might sound – real bookstores do still exist – particularly in towns that are home to universities and colleges.
Teaching Assistant (TA)
If you’ve always dreamed of moulding young minds, then you could have a fantastic career as a teaching assistant. Though you won’t necessarily be able to choose your own hours when you’re working with a school, you will be limited to working when the school is in session, which means that there’s plenty of time left in the day to look after your own kids or take on other part-time careers.
You’re going to need to do some studying, to begin with if you want to be a teaching assistant. However, if you enjoy working with kids, then starting your career as a part-time TA is a great way to open the door to other opportunities in the future. For entry-level positions, you should only need basic numeracy and literacy skills – which means a GCSE or equivalent. As well as checking out local schools, you can also look for vacancies with Eteach.com, Daynurseries.co.uk, and so on.
If teaching isn’t exactly what you’re looking for right now, there are still other great ways to get a part-time job at a school as a dinner lady for instance, or a playground supervisor.
If you do like the idea of teaching, but you’re not so sure about getting a degree or going to your local school every day to look after a bunch of kids, then you could always consider tutoring instead. There are plenty of great opportunities out there to work as a part-time tutor today. You can either create videos for customers and sell them online, or you can get involved with one of the gig economy tutoring sites like Skillshare or TakeLessons. The pay is pretty high, and the hours are super flexible too.
Becoming a tutor is a fantastic way to build your authority if you’re thinking of becoming a teacher or starting your own business in the future too. Udemy allows anyone to create their own online courses in virtually anything. This means that whether you want to teach people about your skills in math or share your very own website design tips, you can do it.
Often, the key to success with becoming a private tutor is advertising yourself and earning a word-of-mouth reputation. The good news is that you can start to build your presence online pretty quickly with the help of social media groups.
Be an Extra (Acting)
Have you always been a little more dramatic than most? That could be a good thing. If you have a flair for the dramatic, or you simply know that you can work well according to a casting-calls schedule, then you might be able to get a job as a part-time actor or “extra”. It doesn’t take much skill or a lot of background in acting to show up in a background shot of Eastenders or another common show. What’s more, the pay can be a lot better than you’d expect, with some extras earning up to about £80 per day.
There’s plenty of casting agencies out there that you can load your CV up with if you want to be an extra. However, you might need to pay for a headshot or ask someone with a few photography skills to do one for you. Keep in mind that the casting agencies that look for extras make their money by taking a cut of your earnings, so check how much that percentage is before you start working.
For people in the UK, you can check out the Casting Collective website, to improve your chances of being picked up for a position on a show. Or there’s always Extra-People.com, who supplied the background artists for Christopher Robin, Fantastic Beasts, and a bunch of other movies.
Use your Car
You’re probably already using your car to get to your main job and find other career opportunities, so why not use it to make some extra money too? In the current gig economy, there are plenty of ways to use your car when you want to make a bit of extra cash, from ridesharing and carsharing to delivery driving. The most popular option is using your own car as an Uber driver. Tripda is an app that you can download on your phone today to offer people lifts on trips you’re already taking and make a little bit of extra money.
You could also become a delivery driver for one of the billions of restaurants and fast food companies that seem to exist in the UK today. The chances are you’ve already seen specialist companies like Deliveroo in your city. This company gives you the flexibility to work when you want, and you can also make as much as £16 per hour depending on how fast you get around.
There’s nothing wrong with improving your chances by contacting bigger companies like Dominos too. If you’re not using your car all the time, you can also rent it out for someone else to use it with a site like Getaround.
Childminding / Babysitting
Spend all day looking after kids already? Why not make a bit of extra cash by adding some more children to your brood? We’re not suggesting you go and have some more children, but you can always offer your childminding expertise to your neighbors and local families to earn some extra cash. If you do want to be a childminder or babysitter, it’s worth noting that you’re going to have to get some qualifications and pass a few initial checks.
However, if you’re good at looking after youngsters, then you might find that this is a great job to fit around your own children. You could even look after babies while your own youngsters are at school. Websites like Yoopies.co.uk make it super simple to find plenty of babysitting opportunities around you, and care.com is ideal if you prefer to work with adults and senior care. There are also sites like Childcare.co.uk and sitters.co.uk.
Just make sure that you’re prepared to go through the approval process before you start earning money. Some sites will be more stringent than others with their expectations regarding qualifications.
If babies and toddlers aren’t exactly your thing, but you do have a passion for care, then you could always consider looking after some four-legged friends instead. If you’re already a huge animal lover, then it makes sense to get paid for spending time with your favourite furry friends. There are plenty of dog sitting websites out there like minders-keepers, and homesitters.co.uk that give you opportunities to look after people’s homes and pets when they’re at work or on holiday.
There’s also “Dogbuddy.com” for those who want to offer dog walking and sitting services in their local area. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like going through a website or agency, you could always consider creating your own page on Facebook, or even your own website and advertising your own pet care services. There are plenty of people out there on the lookout for reliable pet care, so you shouldn’t have too much of a hard time launching your business.
If you already know people in your local area who don’t have a lot of free time to get out and take their dogs for a walk, then it’s easy to make a bit of extra cash offering to run around with their dog when you’re taking your own pooch out.
Buying and Selling
Do you consider yourself to be something of a bargain spotter? If you like to spend your spare time wandering around car boot sales, and checking out local charity stores for possible bargains, then you could make a fortune buying and selling items online. Although you’re going to need to find space in your home to store the things you buy, and you’ll need to get some money to invest in your business initially, you can make some more money over time.
Whether you’re selling designer clothes you find in a charity store on eBay or buying items on large wholesale websites like Alibaba and then selling them for a better price on your eCommerce store is up to you. Obviously, launching your own wholesale e-commerce store is probably going to take a lot more effort than selling a few bits and pieces on eBay, so the route you take will probably depend on how much time you have to dedicate to your part-time career.
If you’re thinking of getting started with selling online, it’s worth looking at things like Google Trends to see what people are interested in right now. There are also plenty of people out there who can help you build your first eCommerce strategy – just be careful not to get caught up in any scams.
This is one of the riskier options for people who want to earn money part-time, but it’s also a seriously effective way to boost your income. There are plenty of websites out there today that can give you an insight into the stock market, so you can start investing money in everything from stocks to bonds. For more standard stocks, there are sites like eToro.com and Hargreaves Lansdown.
On the other hand, if you have a little bit of money to invest but you’d rather put it into people than stocks, you could always consider peer-to-peer lending – a solution that many people consider to be the future of banking. Zopa is one of the most popular lending sites online today, and you can use this website to either borrow money or give it to others. Generally, you’ll get about a 5% fixed return on anything you learn.
Of course, as with any traditional financial investment, there’s some risk involved with peer to peer lending. Although Zopa have a safeguard feature to help protect your investments, there’s still a threat that you could lose some of your money if you’re not careful.
Rent Out your Home
Not comfortable lending out your money? How about renting out your home instead. There are countless directors for films and television out there that are always looking for new houses to film in. For instance, there have been scenes on shows like Coronation Street that were filmed in Student accommodations before. It’s a great way to make some extra cash – and it’s also fun when you see your home on TV. You can check out the JJMedia group site for some opportunities.
Of course, it’s important to make sure that you’re renting your home out to a legitimate company, and not someone who’s going to use it for illicit or illegal activities – so be careful. Additionally, if you don’t want to give your home to someone who’s looking to film in it, you could always try home sharing instead.
If you have an extra room in your apartment or house, companies like FlipKey, Airbnb, and Homestay ensure that you can always make some extra cash by offering your space up to travelers. Remember that demand is highest during the holiday season (Christmas), so that’s probably when you’ll get the best income.
Today, customer experience is probably the most important thing for any business who wants to get ahead in the marketplace. The problem is, businesses need to actually talk to their customers if they want to find out what they’re looking for, or what they need. That’s why there are so many sites out there that are willing to pay you for your information. The more information you give, the easier it is for marketing experts to do their job.
While there are companies that can offer you cash to go out and get surveys completed on the street, it’s probably a better idea to stick to the comfort of your own home instead. Online surveys are available all over the web, and you can make a couple of pounds within a few minutes – paid out as either cash or rewards. Some of the survey sites worth trying include Toluna, MySurvey, Vivatic, Global Test Market, Opinion Outpost, and more.
The survey sites you choose to get involved with will often depend on a number of things, including where you fit in with specific market demographics, and what kind of rewards you want to get.
You can also consider signing up for Swagbucks if you want rewards for surveys as well as simply browsing websites, playing games, and watching videos.
If you like the idea of earning a living online, but you’re not really interested in running your own eCommerce website, or spending hours filling out surveys every day, then you could always consider becoming an affiliate marketer or a company ambassador instead. If you’ve got a good presence on social media or your own blog, you can start making money instantly by promoting various products and companies online.
Influencer marketing and affiliate marketing are two very popular things in the modern marketplace, particularly as companies continue to move beyond traditional marketing methods. You can sign up for companies like the Awin network, or you can check out Amazon Affiliates if you’re looking for something that feels a little more familiar. If you want to be a brand ambassador or influencer, then you’re going to need to dedicate a lot of time into building your social presence.
Once you’ve started to develop a solid following on channels like Instagram and Twitter, you can either wait for brands to reach out to you, or you consider offering your services to some of the companies you’d like to work with. As an ambassador, it will be your responsibility to represent your chosen company, so be prepared to follow some rules.
Sell your Stories and Videos
Finally, if you’ve got a great attitude or you’re naturally entertaining, then there’s plenty of ways to make money online with nothing more than a good camera and some video editing software. Becoming a YouTube sensation isn’t exactly easy, but there are plenty of people out there who earn a little bit of extra money by either posting videos on YouTube with the YouTube partner program, or streaming content on Twitch.
If you’re good at playing games, or you can offer some great tutorials on how to cook food, apply makeup, or just about anything else, then there’s sure to be a place for you in the video market. Even if you never build that much of a brand for yourself, the more you start to build your video skills, the easier it will be to sell your editing services off to other companies on freelancer websites too.
Depending on how successful your videos are, and whether you manage to go viral, you can make a serious amount of money doing something that you really enjoy. However, you’ll need to be prepared to market your videos online with social media, PPC, and other campaigns.
Finding Part-Time Work that Suits You
Finding the perfect part-time career isn’t always an easy task, but there are plenty of opportunities out there if you’re willing to look for them. The digital world and the rise of the gig economy have meant that there’s a new type of career out there for people who don’t have the right schedule or mindset for a nine-to-five work life.
If you’re looking for a way to supplement your existing income, or you simply want to make sure that your work life can fit around your busy life as a student or parent, then the top twenty options above have the potential to make you some pretty great money, without much effort.