If y’all live in New York City, I don’t need to tell you that it’s not the most affordable place to live. We’ve all had times when money gets tight, and we could use a gig to supplement our income. The next time you need to come up with some cash, check out these four side jobs that pay well in New York City.
If there’s one thing the big apple always needs, it’s taxi drivers. I don’t mind driving, and if y’all are the same and know your way around the city, consider becoming a taxi or rideshare driver! There are always opportunities for new taxi drivers, and many rideshare apps allow you to work on your schedule, so you can clock in whenever you have a few hours to spare.
But, before you can drive professionally in NYC, you’ll need a Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) license, which requires some education courses and a clean driving record.
If you don’t want to shuttle people all over the city, I get that, so maybe you would prefer delivering food and goods as a delivery driver! There are more delivery apps and companies now than ever before, and they’re always looking for new drivers.
Like rideshares, most delivery apps let you choose your hours, so the flexibility is ideal if you already have another job or part-time gig. It’s not just restaurants either, as many apps also offer grocery delivery.
Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
If you’re like me and can’t get enough of dogs and pets, consider making that your next gig! If you’ve owned pets and love caring for them, you can put that experience and love to work by becoming a dog walker or pet sitter for friends, family, or neighbors! If you have neighbors with dogs (who doesn’t?), offer to take them for walks for a small fee or look after them whenever they leave town for a couple of days.
You can start with one dog and grow your network of clients until you’ve got your hands full of pets! Keep some business cards handy, or put together a simple website to show off your business whenever you get the opportunity for new clients.
What are your skills? How can your skills help a small or growing business? We all have something that we’re good at and skills that we can sell as freelancers to interested companies and people. Some examples of freelancer jobs include:
- Graphic artist
- Web developer
- Social media manager
- Data entry
Freelancing lets you work whenever you have free time and set the rates for your hours. You may have to work for less than you’re used to when starting, but you can earn higher-paying jobs once you get more work and beef up your resume.
I know that living in NYC isn’t cheap, and sometimes there are months when the budget can get a little tight. If you ever get like that, remember these side jobs that pay well in New York City!