Looking for a Side Gig? These 12 Part-Time Jobs Can Pay Over $20 an Hour

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When it comes to choosing a side gig, it’s important to pick one that’ll pay you properly for your time. Sure, you could fold T-shirts at a local shop to earn a few bucks. But how can you find a part-time job that will really take a bite out of your bills?

Ideally, a side gig should pay at least $20 per hour. Here are 12 flexible gigs that pay that much.

12 Side Gigs That Can Pay Over $20 Per Hour

One of these side gigs could be your ticket to earning money outside your daily job.

1. Landscaping

If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and putting in some physical work, landscaping can pay quite well. If you can operate heavy machinery, you can earn even more.

In some areas, landscaping jobs often start at $20 or more per hour. But many of these opportunities are offered through word-of-mouth, so be sure to ask around.

Check Craigslist and local online bulletin boards for one-off gigs, or contact a local landscaping company to see if it needs an extra hand on weekends during its busy season.

Be sure you have all the licenses and insurance you need, and always be careful connecting with unknown clients.

2. Graphic Design

An eye for design can earn you nearly $31 per hour on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You’ll also need good computer skills to succeed at this gig.

Having a portfolio of your work or a website and having recommendations from others are the best ways to get hired. You can brush up on your skills with this tutorial.

3. Interpreter

If you’re bilingual or multilingual, consider offering your language skills as a translator. You can be an on-call translator for legal and medical services or set up steady gigs ahead of time.

Interpreters and translators earn a mean hourly wage of $29.70, according to the BLS.

Want to earn some cash without leaving the house? Here are 12 side gigs you can do entirely from home.

4. Sign Language Interpreter

Many events provide interpreters for their deaf and hard-of-hearing clientele. If you know sign language, look into opportunities translating on stage at events, in courtrooms and in classrooms.

If standing on stage isn’t your thing, look into opportunities to translate at mediation hearings and other smaller meetings. The average hourly pay is $31, but you can earn up to $52 per hour with this job, according to Payscale.

5. Add $500 to Your Wallet for Trying Out Apps

Our smartphones are the world’s greatest time-killers. You can browse Facebook; play a game; download a new app.

You’re doing all this anyway — why not get paid for it? With a website called KashKick, you could get paid for things like answering survey questions or downloading and playing a game — up to $500 in your first month.

You can earn money by playing games or trying new products and services, but surveys are the main way to make money.

Once you earn $10 in your account, you can immediately get paid via Paypal. This is an easy way to make a little extra money while you’re killing time on your couch. All you need is your phone or computer.

It takes just a minute to sign up, and you’ll immediately earn $1 just for completing your profile on the site. You’ll be that much closer to cashing out.

6. Tutor

Tutors can make well over $20 an hour. If you know your math, science and other subjects well, consider sharing your skills with students.

The more advanced and specialized the subjects, the more money you’re likely to earn. Advanced math and science courses (such as Advanced Placement calculus, Advanced Placement physics, etc.) typically earn the highest rates, which can be up to $100 per hour, according to Care.com.

7. Test Prep Instructor

Kaplan and other companies look for skilled test-takers to teach students how to succeed at important exams, including the SAT, ACT, MCAT, LSAT, GRE and GMAT.

Generally, you’ll need to take a sample test to prove your testing prowess and perhaps even do a sample lecture to prove you can communicate well.

Instructors can earn $20 to $28 per hour for an SAT course, according to Glassdoor.

8. Personal Chef

Cook up a storm and fill your pockets with cash by working as a personal chef. Set up a weekly gig at someone’s house, cook a series of freezer meals for a client or work special events, crafting creations for individual tastes and needs.

Personal referrals are a great way to get these gigs, which pay an average of nearly $25 per hour (up to $49 per hour or more), according to Payscale.

9. Personal Assistant

Drop off dry cleaning for your client, get their car’s oil changed, take their dog for a walk and pick up a birthday gift for their friend — these are just a few things you may do as a personal assistant.

Running these errands can pay off, with top-earning personal assistants making $27 per hour, according to Payscale.

The best way to get the highest-paying gigs is generally through word-of-mouth. Posting an ad or answering ads on Craigslist and other job forums can also help connect you with people in need of assistance.

10. Yoga Instructor

Teaching yoga can bring in an average of $25 an hour, which can go up to nearly $58 per hour, according to Payscale.

To get started as a yoga instructor, you’ll need to take a teacher training class. The most basic is typically 200 hours and includes training, instruction and a final exam. You can then advance your skills with higher-level courses.

11. Dog Walker

Take pups out for their walks and earn money.

Dog walkers earn between $10 and $30 per hour, according to Payscale.

You can work for yourself or for a dog-walking company. You should have plenty of experience handling all types of dogs. You should also be physically fit and able to confidently control the dogs when you’re out walking.

If you work for yourself, you can make the most at this gig. If you can handle a few dogs at once, you’ll be able to earn even more. But be sure to have all the insurance you may need.

A good way to start is to advertise your services at local pet-related businesses, such as groomers, boarding facilities, doggy day cares and pet supply stores.

12. Makeup Artist

Style bridal parties’ makeup, prepare theatrical stars for their big performances and get people ready for special events as a part-time makeup artist.

You can make more than $20 an hour helping people get ready for their big event.

Mike Brassfield is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Kristen Pope contributed.