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Four Tips for Finding a Part-Time Job

Whether you’re a college student needing textbook money, or you’re simply looking for extra cash, pursue work that will give you more than just a paycheck
If you're a sports fanatic, getting a job in athletics—becoming a soccer referee, for example—will provide you with extra cash and a good workout. Photo ©Shutterstock
If you're a sports fanatic, getting a job in athletics—becoming a soccer referee, for example—will provide you with extra cash and a good workout. Photo ©Shutterstock

USE IT TO FURTHER YOUR CAREER

Even if the career field you’re pursuing doesn’t have part-time opportunities, there are usually ancillary jobs that might lead to something full time or give you valuable experience, such as working as a customer service rep at a marketing firm, or in maintenance at a car manufacturer. There’s nothing wrong with starting at the bottom, and a foot in the door can be invaluable. You’ll meet the right people, and they’ll see your great work ethic.

PICK A JOB YOU’LL ENJOY

You can turn almost any hobby or passion into a job. If you’re a sports nut, refereeing is flexible, fun and a great way to get paid to exercise. You can make several hundred dollars a month depending on how many games you ref. If you’re a big hunter, try a part-time job at an outdoors store. Being around something you love will make punching the clock a lot more enjoyable.

LOOK FOR FLEXIBILITY

There are countless ways to become an independent contractor. It’s a fairly simple process to get licensed as an independent fitness consultant (try the National Academy of Sports Medicine), or as a distributor for any number of health products. Working for yourself allows you to put as much (or as little) time into it as you want—perfect for your Guard/civilian life balancing act.

CONSIDER THE ADDITIONAL PERKS

Part-time jobs can be much more than a paycheck if you pick a job that has a great employee discount. Whether it’s a free membership to a gym, free movies or a small discount on everything you buy at a retail store, look into the employment perks when you’re selecting a job. Think about where you already spend a lot of your time (and money). Saving here and there with discounts can go a long way.