For many people, a nine-to-five job is not an option. Perhaps you have children to raise, or you’re starting up your own small business. Maybe you’re writing a novel and don’t have the time to deal with a full-time office job.
But even if you have a busy lifestyle, you still need a source of income to keep food on the table and a roof over your head. And there are loads of jobs out there that don’t require you to be restricted by a fixed schedule. If you are looking for a new career that you can fit around your lifestyle, and not vice versa, here are four flexible jobs that could work for you.
Being a delivery driver is one of the most in-demand professions around. You could be delivering packages for a courier company or transporting goods as a truck driver. And if you don’t have your car/ van license you could even find work as a bike courier. These positions often offer work on a flexible part-time basis so you can pick up shifts whenever you have the time. Sites like Shiply have job boards for delivery drivers where you can pick a job that suits you and bid for it. All you need to become a delivery driver is your own vehicle, although if the job requires you to drive larger vehicles like vans and lorries you may need a specific license.
Another option is to become a driver for Uber or one of the many other vehicle hire companies around. You’ll get to work whatever hours you choose and will make money every time you give someone a ride. You can work day or night and for as long as you wish, however, you’ll need to be in a relatively urban area to make much money. Applying to become an Uber driver only requires a short amount of training and assessment and you can be up and running in a matter of weeks.
Working at a bar to make ends meet is the classic cliche for a lot of successful people. And it’s no wonder, considering that it can be good money and allows you to work shifts outside of your personal schedule. You can work on your passion project in the day and then serve drinks in the evening. Ask around the bars in your area to see if anyone is hiring and you should snap up a job in no time.
If you have a way with words, becoming a freelance copywriter is one of the best ways to earn money on a flexible basis. You might have some success pitching your own articles to publications, but the most reliable way to make a living through writing is to work on a freelance basis, taking on whatever writing jobs come your way. You can work from home, and you won’t be required to work fixed hours as long as you meet your copy deadlines. The only downside is that it can be hard to get a foot in the door unless you have a content portfolio to show your talents to potential employers.