Something on The Side: The 10 Top Earning Side Jobs

This is a guest post written by Colette Cassidy – founder of All Finance Tax Ltd. She has 13 years of experience in senior accounting roles at Quantum, Apple and Microsoft before setting out on her own in 2003.

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Many of us work in full-time jobs that provide little satisfaction other than the necessity of a pay packet in order to finance our lives. If you would like to get involved in something on the side, and make a nice bit of money at the same time, there are many high-paying side jobs available for you. These jobs are also very much in demand, so there is no shortage of opportunities.

Would you be more inclined to take on a side job if you knew it could earn in the region of $40 an hour? That’s the going rate for sign language interpreters, whose role in helping people with hearing impairments is absolutely vital and always sought after.

If that doesn’t fall under your range of skills, maybe you could try your hand at freelance photography, city guide writing or software development. The range is widespread and the money, quite often, is very, very good.

This infographic looks at a selection of some of the top-paying side jobs that you can try out, as well as detailing how flexible each one is so that you can see if you can fit it into your schedule.

It’s a fantastic way to make plenty of extra cash and it also offers a real sense of satisfaction that you’re doing something you like and you’re making a positive difference to the lives of others.

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Top Earning Side Jobs to Boost Your Earning Potential

1. Sign Language Interpreter

Earn: $36/hr.
Description: For those with sign language skills and an Interpreter’s License, part-time and freelance contracts as a sign language interpreter are often available.
Depending on the employer, your role would be to help those with hearing impairments communicate with interpretation.
Type of flexibility: Part-time

2. Software Developer

Earn: up to $30/hr.
Description: Software development jobs are among the most in-demand positions available today, and many offer part-time and project-based work.
There are various projects which can be taken on, such as updating existing websites, creating new templates, helping to develop new websites and apps, and other related tasks.
Type of flexibility: Flexible schedule, part-time hours, telecommuting

3. Online Communications Associate

Earn: up to $25/hr.
Description: Online community management positions are a growing area for part-time work.
Responsibilities typically include updating web content, managing social media, providing system administration, writing content and creating reports.
Type of flexibility: Telecommute, part-time

4. Merchandise Coordinator

Earn: $21/hr.
Description: For those with a small amount of previous merchandising experience, work as a merchandise coordinator can fit neatly into your schedule.
Generally speaking, you support a merchandising team by maintaining and updating information such as reports, samples and updates from other teams.
Type of flexibility: Temporary, freelance, short-term

5. Bilingual Legal Assistant

Earn: up to $21/hr.
Description: For someone with multilingual skills and previous legal experience, bilingual legal assistant jobs are often project or temporary jobs where you’ll help an organization with a specific case or issue, reviewing legal documents using your language skills.
Type of flexibility: Freelance, short-term

6. Freelance Product Photographer

Earn: up to $20
Description: Freelance product photography requires skill, so if you are an experienced photographer, this can be a great earner.
Generally speaking, you’ll need to photograph products and also edit and retouch photos.
Type of flexibility: Temporary, part-time, freelance

7. Bookkeeper

Earn: up to $19/hr.
Description: Again, experience is essential with this flexible job. There is a high volume of part-time bookkeeping jobs for both small and large companies and the responsibilities typically include using QuickBooks to do reconciliation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc.
Type of flexibility: Temporary, flexible schedule, potential for very part-time hours

8. Copy Editor/Writer

Earn: up to $17/hr.
Description: Copy editors and writers can be responsible for the writing, execution and proofreading of materials across a range of digital and print platforms.
Depending on the employer, they may write and edit for marketing materials, editorial content, social media and other types of material.
Type of flexibility: Temporary, part-time, telecommute

9. Temporary Transcript Processor

Earn: $15/hr.
Description: Data entry jobs like transcript processing are a great side job for people who love to work independently, have solid attention to detail and enjoy the unique challenges of data entry.
From a variety of sources, data entry specialists are needed to input data into the correct corresponding fields quickly and accurately, and working well under pressure is a must.
Type of flexibility: Part-time, temporary

10. City Guide Writer

Earn: $50-100/project
Description: Travel and tourism businesses, as well as real estate companies, often hire people to write city and neighbourhood guides.
Typically you would need to research and write information about population size, shopping, recreation, culture, entertainment, things to do climate, transit, etc.
Type of flexibility: Freelance, telecommute

So what do you think? Do you have the skills to give one of these side jobs a try?

Lidiya K

Lidiya K

Author, blogger and podcaster in the fields of self-improvement and life hacking. Creator of Let's Reach Success.
Full-time freelance writer. Lifestyle designer.
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    1. Hi there. I suggest you start like anyone else online – make a profile on sites like UpWork.com and Freelancer.com and start applying for jobs in this field. Once you get a client or two, you already have something on the side and can only scale from then on.
      I say that without even knowing whether you have any knowledge and experience. Having a portfolio to show makes you a better candidate, of course, but even without anything, you can start from zero.

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