4 flexible jobs that can fit into your tight schedule


If you have a busy schedule, finding time for a side hustle can be a challenge. There are some gigs, though, that can be a great fit for full-time employees, regular FT side hustlers, stay-at-home parents and anyone else who needs more flexibility.

To find the right side hustle, start by considering your skills, hobbies, and passions. Then look for gigs that play to your strengths, and that you will enjoy doing, especially on a tight schedule, says Marguerita Cheng, certified financial planner and chief executive officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth in Gaithersburg, Maryland. If you can find a flexible side hustle with low start-up costs, that's another bonus, too.

Here are four flexible jobs experts suggest you consider.

1. Tutoring

"I love tutoring jobs for parents, and one reason why is because you can tutor someone else's kids and get experience for when your kids come home at the end of the school day looking for [homework] help," says Kathy Kristof, cofounder and editor at SideHusl.com, an independent side-hustle review site. She says you can earn anywhere from $10-$100 an hour depending on the subject and your experience level.

You can earn $10-$20 for tutoring basic English to international students, or a foreign language, for example. If you're teaching an in-demand subject, like chemistry, you can earn $75 an hour. Kristof says you can bump your hourly rate up to $100 if you have a degree in education and prior teaching experience.

Focus on your functions, organizing, time management, problem solving, communication skills, and everything you can do with that.
Marguerita Cheng
Certified financial planner

2. Teaching music lessons

If you're musically inclined, you can make as much as $25-$50 per hour on Lessonface, an online marketplace that connects students with acting and music teachers, says Kristof.

Using an online platform is particularly useful if you can only work in short intervals or at unconventional hours because you can schedule your own lessons at any hour across all time zones.

3. Freelance writing

If you have a knack for writing and can provide a unique perspective, you might find freelancing a good fit. Kristof says you can earn around $150 per story if you're just starting out, and you can earn double or triple that if you're an experienced writer. To get steady work, she recommends writing about a niche subject, building relationships with editors and consistently pitching ideas to them.

You can find publications soliciting pitches though various freelance networks, like FreeeUp or Belay. The time it takes to write a single article can vary from a few hours to a couple of days, so make sure you budget your time to meet deadlines accordingly.

4. Online administrative work

Kristof recommends part-time administrative work that includes remotely booking travel itineraries, organizing calendars, handling phone calls and emails, or managing social media accounts. You can earn anywhere from $37 per hour to $111 for an average four-hour shift on administrative sites like Wonolo, says Kristof.

If you're getting back into the workforce after a break, Cheng says you should feel confident taking on additional work after some time out of the labor force. "You may have been out of the workforce but you ran your family. Focus on your functions, organizing, time management, problem solving, communication skills, and everything you can do with that."

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