When you’re fresh out of school and haven’t quite landed your first big job yet, picking up some work on the side can be a real boon to your wallet.
In fact, with so many different types of side gigs out there these days, there are tons of opportunities for pretty much anyone to bring in extra money each month. For example, a side job can be a great way to:
- Get a head start on paying off your student loans while still in college
- Supplement your income to get students loans or any other debt paid off as quickly as possible
- Boost your savings for a big purchase like a car or house
- Build your emergency or retirement savings funds.
Wherever you are in life, picking up extra cash can be a lot easier than you may think — and it can involve as much effort or time as you want to put into it.
Below is a list of great opportunities to help you boost your cash flow each month.
(Salaries and descriptions are courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as specific company/website data.)
19 high-paying side jobs to boost your monthly income
1. Medical transcription
Salary: $34,890 per year / $16.77 per hour
Job description: Listen to recorded dictation from physicians and other health care workers and convert them into written reports.
2. Proofreaders and copy markers
Salary: $37,690 / $18.12
Job description: Read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical or compositional errors.
3. Freelance photographer
Salary: $31,710 / $15.24
Job description: Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity and composition skills to produce and preserve images that tell a story or record an event.
4. Merchandise display and window trimming
Salary: $29,790 / $14.32
Job description: Plan and erect commercial displays, such as those in windows and interiors of retail stores and at trade exhibitions.
5. Publication relations specialist
Salary: $56,770 / $27.29
Job description: Design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.
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Salary: $52,970 / $25.47
Job description: Fundraisers organize events and campaigns to raise money and other donations for an organization.
7. Software developer
Salary: $100,690 / $48.41
Job description: Develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device, or the underlying systems that run the devices.
8. Web designer
Salary: $64,970 / $31.23
Job description: Web developers design and create websites. Responsible for the look of the site, content creation and site performance and capacity.
9. Sign-language interpreter
Salary: $44,190 / $21.24
Job description: Interpreters convert information from one language into another language.
10. Market research analysts
Salary: $62,150 / $29.88
Job description: Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service.
11. Graphic designers
Salary: $46,900 / $22.55
Job description: Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform and captivate consumers.
Salary: $18.80 per hour
Job description: Actors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television and other performing arts media.
13. Library technicians and assistants
Salary: $27,930 / $13.43
Job description: Assist library patrons, organize library materials and information and perform clerical and administrative tasks.
14. Skincare specialists
Salary: $30,090 / $14.47
Job description: Skincare specialists cleanse and beautify the face and body to enhance a person’s appearance.
15. Rideshare driver
Job description: Work as independent contractor for Uber, Lyft or a variety of other rideshare companies.
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16. Become a pet-sitter through Care.com
One great feature of Care.com is that the company allows you to choose your availability: “Do you want to work occasional, part time, or full time?” Then you can choose your hours based on your schedule.
The average pay is around $11.50 per hour, but how much you earn really depends on a variety of factors, including where you live, the number of hours you work, the type of service you pick up (pet-sitting, dog walking etc.) and other details you can see on the company’s site. Care.com also has a pay calculator to help you get a better estimate of how much money you’ll make for various services.
17. Take care of pets via DogVacay
According to DogVacay.com, you can make up to $3,000 a month by pet-sitting through this service, but of course the amount you make depends on several factors.
When you sign up, you can choose which types of services you want to offer – including daycare, overnight care at your home and overnight care at the pet owner’s home. You can also decide how many pets you’re willing to watch at one time (whether during the day or overnight). When you become a sitter, the details of your services and rates, as well as reviews, experience and other information, are displayed on your profile page, which people looking for care use to choose a sitter that meets their needs.
Here are a few perks highlighted on the company’s website:
- Earn extra income: Choose your own rates. Give yourself some financial flexibility. Be your own boss.
- Set your own schedule: Choose when you want to work & how many dogs to watch. Work a few months a year, or all of them.
- Get the support you need: We provide the platform for booking and paying- and help you find customers. Bookings are insured. Customer care is 24/7.
Babysitting through Care.com is also a great way to pick up extra cash on you own schedule. Get started by creating your free profile on the website here.
19. Become a tutor
There are tons of opportunities available to tutor online in a variety of subjects. The pay varies depending on the site and subject matter, and some jobs require certain certifications or degrees. Here are a few tutoring sites to check out:
You can also consider tutoring for people in your area, which allows for flexibility and you can set your own rates. Reach out to schools in your area to find out about getting the word out about your services.