More than 1 million Americans work a second job. And, many more are on the search for a way to supplement their income. But this search isn’t always an easy one.
For starters, there’s the actual job search itself. If you’re looking for a traditional second job outside the home, this means scouring classified ads hoping to stumble upon a flexible option that doesn’t interfere with your current 9-to-5.
And even if you’re lucky enough to find one, there’s home and family responsibilities to consider — how will you work 60+ hours a week working two jobs and still have time to spend with loved ones or much-needed downtime for self-care?
Instead of turning your attention outside the home, why not work from home? A part-time job from home can allow you to keep your day job, supplement your income and give you plenty of time to spare to do the things you love — all from the comfort (and convenience) of your home office.
I know it sounds a little too good to be true. But, the truth is, there are a number of ways you can work from home part-time without quitting your day job. Ready to find out what they are? Let’s go!
What are My Options?
Generally speaking, when you want to work from home to supplement your day job, you’ve got a few options available to you. As with anything, they each have their pros and cons.
Neither one is necessarily better than the other options — they’re just different. What might work for someone else might not work for you and vice versa.
It’s up to you decide which is the perfect part-time work from home opportunity — so keep that in mind as we discuss the three main ways to add a part-time income from home each and every month.
Part-Time Work from Home Employee Jobs
Some people simply do not want to work from home full-time. But it sure would be nice and oh-so convenient to have a part-time job that comes with a ten-second commute.
Fortunately, a growing number of companies have part-time work from home jobs. When I say part-time work from home jobs, I’m talking ones where you’re hired on as an employee and not an independent contractor or freelancer.
These positions aren’t always as flexible as the other options, but they are flexible enough that they can be done on nights or weekends so they don’t interfere with your typical Monday through Friday routine.
Pros of Part-Time Employee Jobs
- Set schedule
- Consistent part-time income
Cons of Part-Time Employee Jobs
- Not always flexible
- May require purchasing home-office equipment
- Lengthy hiring and training process
What’s great about these part-time home-based jobs is the fact you can count on a certain amount of extra income each month — there’s no wondering if there will be any work available or guessing as to how much you might make by the end of the month. But part-time employee positions may also require you to have a proper home office setup that includes a landline, headset, and a quiet spot where you can do work — not always possible when you’re working in a busy household.
There’s not always a lot of part-time work from home employee jobs out there. And when you do find them, they often come with longer hiring and training which means it could be months before you actually see any money come in.
Part-Time Work from Home Employee Jobs
Like the idea of set schedules, steady pay, and being hired on as an employee? Perfect! Here’s some options to look at for part-time employee work from home:
U-Haul has an entire work-from-home program available throughout North America. These moonlighter positions happen to be perfect for anyone looking to supplement their day job by working from home.
Some of the home-based part-time jobs at U-Haul include:
- Roadside Assistance Agent
- Storage Sales Representative
- Customer Service Agent
- Center Sales Reservations Agent
Keep an eye on U-Haul’s hiring page to see which of their at-home jobs are available. They hire throughout the year to keep up with the busy moving seasons.
If you’ve never heard of MaritzCX before, they’re a customer experience company. Their services help businesses turn customer feedback into a competitive advantage. To do this, they hire virtual market research interviewers to conduct surveys over the phone.
Working at MaritzCX:
- Must work minimum 20 hours a week
- Must work at least 6 hours each weekend (Friday/Saturday)
- Weekly pay via direct deposit
To learn more about working as a virtual market research interviewer for MaritzCX, check out their full job description. You can also send any questions you may have about the job to Virtual.SC@maritzCX.com
Convergys offers a number of work from home jobs as an employee. These can range from customer care to tech support and even collections — it just depends on the needs of the companies they contract with.
When you work at Convergys, “You will have the flexibility to be hired into the particular window of time and shift time that you are looking to work.” They have a variety of shifts available, including overnight, so you really can make working from home part time work for you.
Head on over to their work from home careers page to learn more about this flexible part-time job and see if there’s any openings that seem like a good fit for you!
Like Convergys, Concentrix contracts with companies to provide different business services. So, when you sign on as an employee at Concentrix, you might provide customer care or support services — it really all depends on the assignments available.
According to Concentrix, they have shifts available 24/7 so there’s plenty of room for flexibility here no matter what times or days you work during the week.
Check out the Concentrix Work at Home program to learn more about this part-time work from home position — you can even get the application process started if it sounds like a good fit for you!
Freelancing from Home Part-Time
A lot of people (myself included) choose to freelance from home full-time. It’s a great way to have a lot of flexibility, work on the projects you want, and set your own rates. But, the world of freelancing can often seem like an endless cycle of feast or famine — one week you have more work than you know what to do with and the next week, absolutely nothing.
For some, not having guaranteed income is just too great of a risk to go full time. But, freelancing as a way to earn extra money each week is a lot less intimidating and can be a fun way to contribute to your income by doing things you enjoy.
Freelancing Part-Time Pros
- A lot of flexibility
- Choose when you work and for whom
- Set your rates
Freelancing Part-Time Cons
- Upfront time investment
- No guaranteed income
- May have a hard time finding work
It does take a bit of work upfront to get started as a freelancer. You’ll have to decide which services you want to offer, set your rates, and set up shop somewhere.
You can choose to start your own service website, sign up at Upwork, or even offer a couple of gigs on Fiverr — that’s the great thing about freelancing, it’s entirely up to you how, when, where and for whom you work.
Some ways you can freelance from home, even if you have no experience, include:
But, really, you can freelance just about anything (just check out the Weird category on Fiverr to see what I’m talking about).
Part-Time Contract Jobs from Home
Contract jobs are another way you can work from home part-time without quitting your day job. As a contractor, you often get to work when you want and how you want as long as you turn work in on time.
Contract positions aren’t as steady as employee positions but they’re not as unpredictable as freelancing either — they’re a good mix of flexibility and reliability and the perfect alternative for someone who doesn’t want to commit to a part-time employee position but also doesn’t want to have to find their own work as a freelancer.
Pros of Contract Jobs from Home
- Work when you want
- Work as much as you can and when
- Company finds work for you
Cons of Contract Jobs from Home
- Work is often claimed on a first come first served basis
- Unpredictable earnings each week
- Contract can be terminated at any time and for any reason
I often get asked, “What’s the difference between freelancing and contracting?” The short answer is this: As a freelancer you’re in charge of finding your own clients, finishing work, and getting your clients to pay. When you contract, the company you contract with finds clients and handles payments, you just claim available work and submit it on time.
But remember, as a contractor, there might not always be work available. And your services can be terminated at any time and for any reason — there’s just no guarantee.
However, there’s a quite a few opportunities to work from home part-time as a contractor. Two of the most popular options with plenty of work available include search engine evaluator and transcription.
Part-Time Contract Jobs from Home
If you’re looking for some legitimate companies that are always (yes, always) looking to add contractors to their team, look no further. You can apply right now for part-time work from home at these companies:
Work on any number of projects as a ModSquad Moderator! You might be tasked with social media management, community moderation or forum management (to name a few). Some big-name brands work with ModSquad — when you become a Mod, you’ll get to work with them, too!
As a Wonder researcher, you’ll get paid to conduct online research. Once you pass the application process, you’ll be able to login whenever you want and get to work (as long as there’s work available!).
When you contract with Fancy Hands, you’ll join a team of crowdsourced virtual assistants. Clients submit tasks around-the-clock and you can login anytime day or night to see what work is available.
Transcription, translation and captioning jobs are available at Rev. You can get started as a captioner in just 24 hours and easily earn extra money each month adding captions to videos.
If you have as little as four hours to spare in a week, you can become a virtual assistant for Time Etc. Assignments vary from social media management to writing for clients — you can choose the option that makes the best use of your skills. Don’t worry, if you’re a jack or jill-of-all-trades you can become a general assistant and help people get more done.
Work from Home Part-Time Without Quitting Your Day Job
There you have it — plenty of opportunities to earn from home while holding onto your 9-to-5. Between part-time employee jobs, freelancing and contract gigs, there are any number of ways to supplement your income from home.
Remember, pick the opportunity that makes the most sense for you. If you’re looking for a long-term opportunity, employee positions are your best bet. Ready to set up shop on your own? Freelancing is the solution! Want a little more stability but still plenty of flexibility? Consider contracting with a company on a part-time basis.
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