People are seeking lucrative side hustles they are using for a variety of reasons: paying down debt, covering bills and/or student loans, saving for a vacation, being an entrepreneur, or just expanding entertainment options.
We already know that side hustles are big business. But, according to a recent study, based on data, aggregated from state and federal employment sources, there will be more than 3.2 million temporary help jobs by 2025. The study is. a whopping increase of nearly 254,000 jobs (or 8.5 percent) from 2019.
A new survey by FlexJobs has put together a list of 21 high-paying, flexible side jobs that can add to your Holiday or New Years stash. They derived the hourly pay rates based on real salaries from jobs posted on the FlexJobs site. These jobs offer flexibility, for many you can work remotely on your own schedule. Whatever side gig you choose, take time to care for yourself this Holiday season and beyond.
Skills needed: Ability to do bank reconciliations, payroll, year-end closing, financial reports, and other related tasks, often requiring experience working with QuickBooks.
2. Career Coach
Skills needed: coaches work online or via phone or Skype with clients to help write resumes, assess skill levels, prepare for interviews. Business experience in targeted industries is key.
Skills needed: It’s best to be a subject matter expert in one area. Companies hire consultants to review processes, provided input and guidance and improve efficiencies and performance. The highest paid side gig in consulting is in IT.
4. Copy Editor
Skills needed: The ability to identify grammar errors, and an eye for detail. The copy editor usually does the final read through before work is completed or published.
5. Curriculum Writer
Skills needed: Previous teaching experience helps for creating curriculum and teaching guides used in a classroom.
6. Education Training Specialist
Skills needed: Prior experience in conducting and/or teaching workshops, seminars and courses is usually required. This gig often involves testing participants, and developing and executing the training curriculum.
7. Executive Assistant
Skills needed: If you have been an executive assistant and have years of experience, these jobs can be lucrative, and often are remote. You will need to write emails, coordinate meetings, update and edit documents and make and track appointments.
8. Graphic Designer
Skills needed: Most graphic designers have experience with design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to create visual concepts for websites, print, social media, and create ads and logos.
9 Lead Generation Specialist
Skills needed: A wide network helps for these specialists to search out, vet, and produce leads and meetings for companies and business-development teams.
10. NetSuite Administrator
Skills needed: You’ll create safe searches, customer reports, custom fields, while developing workflows; creating and customizing KPIs; and designing and implementing NetSuite solutions.
11. Online Instructor
Skills needed: If you know how to use online platforms—and are adept with computers or possess IT knowledge, you can teach students, grade or review work, and monitor students’ progress.
Skills needed: If you are great with a camera, you can take photos for brochures, catalogs, products, photo shoots, headshots and more.
13. Project Manager
Skills needed: If you have experience managing projects, you can often work remotely overseeing timelines, tracking budgets and coordinating team assignments and communications.
14. Quantitative Market Researcher
Skills needed: If you have a smartphone or other device you can gather market research information on inventory, pricing, promotions, and/or traffic. You often need to make some visits to the site, and then the rest can be done remotely.
Skills needed: You will screen and vet candidates, interview, perform background checks, provide benefits information and communicate with potential employers.
16. Senior Accountant
Skills needed: You will need to have several years of experience as an accountant.. You’ll do all major accounting tasks, including statements, audits, and end-of-month closings, and transactions.
17. Sign Language Interpreter
Skills needed: If you know sign language and have a license as an interpreter, you can help the hearing impaired with their communication.
18. Social Media Marketing Specialist
Skills needed: If you understand social media, you can develop strategies, write content, and create marketing campaigns.
19. Software Developer
Skills needed: If you have experience you can help maintain and update applications, test automation designs, troubleshoot, and update documents.
20. Web Designer
Skills needed: Almost everyone needs a web designer with knowledge of programs such as CSS, WordPress, and jQuery.
21. WordPress Developer
Skills needed: If you know the WordPress content management system, then you can help create and edit themes, set up and check plugins, and write code.
Estelle Erasmus is a parenting educator, award-winning journalist, writing coach, and adjunct journalism instructor for New York University. She has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Family Circle Magazine, Parents Magazine and more. She is an ongoing guest editor for Narratively, and hosts the podcast for the American Society of Journalists and Authors ASJA Direct. Follow her on Instagram @EstelleSErasmus. Go to her website (estelleserasmus.com) to sign up for her newsletter.