A seasonal part-time job to supplement your full-time job’s salary is a great way to have extra money for gifts, travel, to pay down debt or to add a little extra to your savings account. Many seasonal jobs offer night and weekend work, but require you to work over the holidays. If it seems worth the loss of free time and the potential burnout that comes from working very hard every day, then here are 5 jobs that you may want to look at closely.
Retail work is the quintessential seasonal job. 24/7 retailers such as Walmart or the large chain grocery stores will be looking for night and weekend part time employees.
Warehouse work is another great option, if you can tolerate moderate physical labor. A lot of warehouse jobs have round-the-clock shifts available and they may be able to work around your other job’s schedule.
Restaurants and diners, particularly near shopping centers, outlet malls or other attractions are also looking for employees this time of the year. Waiting tables pays mostly on tips, so be sure to have the energy and positive attitude that will bring in tips.
If you live in a frequent tourist destination, either a warm weather getaway or a ski location, then be sure to look for night or weekend work with area resorts. The resorts will generally have staff on hand all day and night.
If none of these jobs sounds like a good fit for you, you can always contact your local temp or staffing service agency and they can likely find a job that will fit your needs. The job may be something like taking phone calls or filling in at a job, or a warehouse based job.
If you are currently unhappy in your full time job, keep in mind that any seasonal job has the potential to become full time work if you work hard and prove to be a valuable team player. You can try visualizing the seasonal job as a long and involved job interview. Even if you do not get hired on full time, you can still gain a powerful connection that may link you to a different job.
Before accepting any offer you receive for seasonal employment, be sure to talk to your current boss or supervisor. There may be rules with your current employer as to accepting part time employment. Also, it may be worth it to talk to a tax advisor to see what the implications of having a second job would be at tax time. If you are close to the tax rate cut off at your current pay, the second job may bump you into the next rate and negate the hard work you put into the second job.