Would You Work Part-Time Just to Have a Job?

So my sister’s husband was laid off from work last month. Unemployment is reaching heights we’re unaccustomed to as last month alone the workforce cut 600,000 jobs. But, does that mean it’s hopeless and you can’t find any work at all? No. While my delusional brother-in-law thinks that’s exactly what it means, the hard truth is that sometimes we just have to do things we don’t want to do.

In the little town my sister lives in, the local Wal-mart is hiring night stockers. My brother-in-law doesn’t want to do that sort of work, so hasn’t applied. He wants to pursue his goal to be in the police force. As my sister said, that’s all well and good, but he needs to find something that he can do in the meantime. He still has to get his GED before he can get started on his dream career. I’m inclined to agree with her.

Many people are turning to part-time and freelance jobs as a way to stay in the work force and have some income coming in. After doing a little research on the matter, I actually came across a Good Morning America video which highlighted five part-time jobs that are currently hiring. Feel free to watch the video, but here’s a breakdown of what they talked about.

1. Education

Education is one of those areas that you can usually find some work in, particularly Math and Science. According to GMA, Kaplan and Princeton Review are looking for college prep course instructors. These instructors make approximately $20 or more an hour and most of the work can be done from the comfort of your own home. In addition, Kelly Services – a staffing agency – is currently looking to place people as substitute teachers. Subs can make $70-100 per day, and each state and class assignment will have different requirements so check the website for more information.

2. Stadium Staffers

With the big indoor rodeo in Houston and the start of the Major League Baseball season, companies are looking to fill the position of stadium staffers. I don’t know what these people do, but Aramark is needs to fill over 1000 positions and they pay from $7-18 per hour, depending on location.

3. Valet Parking Attendants

I’m not talking about your typical valet parkers at the high end restaurants. I’m talking about valet parking at health care facilities. Apparently there’s a need for this service, so a company called Healthcare Parking Systems is looking for valets. The position is about 20% parking and 80% guest services, so jerks need not apply. You can expect anywhere from minimum wage to $15, plus tips.

4. Senior Care Companions

If you like the older generation, or are in the older generation and looking to make a little income, consider being a senior care companion. To my knowledge, this doesn’t actually involve any butt-wiping, CNA stuff. Just your time and company. Senior Helpers is looking for the compassionate folks of the world, so if you’re interested, they pay $10+, depending on the area you’re in.

5. Pet Sitting

If you like pets but don’t really want to deal with their owners, you can go through a company called Fetch Pet Care. They do the scouting for business, you just take care of the pets. You get half of whatever the owner pays for services rendered.

All-in-all, these aren’t bad gigs, especially since they’re part-time. If you’re in a pinch and need something to get your through, these could be just what you need! So, would you take a part-time job to make it through a job loss, or would you ride it out and hope you find something a bit more permanent? Do any of these part-time gigs strike your fancy?

5 thoughts on “Would You Work Part-Time Just to Have a Job?”

  1. oh, i’d totally work any job i could get my hands on! def. for the money, but even more importantly as to not go c-r-a-z-y ;) i can’t sit still…although, it *would* make blogging easier?

  2. Yes, Yes, Yes… not doing something to rake in add’l income is nuts… especially if you’re given to a scorthed earth view like it sounds like he his. Here are 3 reasons one should take on a part time job when times when they are ‘between jobs’.
    1 – show initiative… if the job market is so bleak what sets you apart? Perhaps a willingness to get off your rear and at least do something
    2 – engagement… we are creatures of habit. We can get in the habit of sleeping in and trolling job sites and simple fade into the cushions on the couch or we can be up by 7 because I have to be at the grocery stocking shelves at 8 and I’ll have all afternoon to engage this new found motivation not to be a 40 year stock boy
    3 – make some money… sure we all have an Emer Fund (right?!?)… but that doesn’t mean we can’t help it out a little… consider a $2000/mo budget and a $10k EmerFund… 5 months to search. But a $500/mo part time job suddenly and easiliy turns your 5 month fund into a 6.67 month fund – more than a 33% extension. Hmm, would you like fries with that??

  3. I would definitely pick up part time work. Money aside – I have a few friends that are laid off presently and I can tell that the time not working is starting to drag on them. They could use an outlet.

  4. I think it would depend on how unemployment works. If the unemployment you collect is more than you can make working part time, I say collect unemployment. Note: collecting unemployment isn’t as easy as it sounds. You have to rifle through yards of red tape and prove each week that you are looking for work.

    If you are married and/or have a family — it is your duty to do what’s right by them. It might mean swallowing your pride and working at Starbucks or Wal-Mart, but you do what you have to do to keep your family afloat.

    Plus, a part-time job gets you up in the morning and gives you a routine. This makes it hard for the unemployed to mope around the house…

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