part-time jobsBy Cari Wira Dineen
The market for part-time work is booming, and these types of jobs offer more than just a steady paycheck. Whether your goal is to make more money, get health benefits or score a flexible schedule, the resources below can help you succeed. Photo Credit: Jenny Bowers
Your Goal: Make More than Minimum Wage, Now
The vast majority of hourly workers earn more than the $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage, so even if you don't have a degree or haven't been in the workforce for a while, you can still get paid competitively. Service positions usually pay the best and are where the jobs are at the moment, says Shawn Boyer, CEO of SnagAJob, a website dedicated to helping people find hourly jobs. For example, being a caregiver for seniors or others needing help can earn you $11 to $18 per hour. (Check out Care.com for job listings.) Even baby sitting or petsitting can bring in $10 to $15 per hour. (Try SitterCity.com) If you're considering retail, look into being a product merchandiser (you'll help prepare for big sales or count inventory), which generally pays better than a traditional salesclerk job, and can earn you $15 to $20 per hour. One other area to consider: medical billing. You'll help insurance companies, doctors and hospitals send out invoices and research fraudulent claims for $11to $15 per hour.
Your Goal: Health Benefits
Many larger companies (1,000 employees or more) offer their part-time employees access to health insurance. In some cases, they also offer other benefits such as a 401(k) plan, life insurance, stock options and tuition reimbursement, says Boyer. For example, JCPenney offers all of its part-time employees working fewer than 35 hours a week medical, dental, vision and term life coverage, along with accident, critical illness and life insurance. Costco's part-time hourly employees are eligible for health benefits after working for 180 days. A few other companies that offer part-timers health benefits: Wegmans, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Starbucks, REI, Whole Foods Market, Lowe's, UPS, JPMorgan Chase and Barnes & Noble. Keep in mind that the hourly requirements to qualify for benefits vary from employer to employer.
Your Goal: Flexibility
Not all jobs require set hours or going to an office. If you choose a job in customer service, a lot of companies, like JetBlue, allow you to do the work from home and pay around $14 per hour, says Boyer. Tutoring is also a great option, earning you $10 an hour and up depending on the subject and your level of expertise. (Sign up through an agency such as Champion Learning Center, or The Academic Advantage). Another option: working as a scheduler or answering service, where you answer incoming calls for professional offices after normal business hours. You'll typically make between $9 to $13 an hour.
Check out the following websites to help you find the job you want:
Cari Wira Dineen is a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey.
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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