The best part time jobs during school hours
Being able to find a part time job during school hours would be a dream for many of us.
And while it can feel as though there are few of these about, there’s more than you might think, and although it can seem as if you’re up against every parent out there, it’s possible if you think creatively!
✅ Part time jobs during school hours
These are some of the best part time jobs during school hours that are flexible and work well around a family:
- Content writer – write unique content and get paid per word
- Driver – delivery driving is a huge market
- Online seller – there’s no end to the items you could sell
- Proofreader – if you’re good with language, this can be lucrative work
- Transcriber – if you can type, you can earn cash!
- Online tutor – tutoring is now a flexible, global service
- At-home customer service – more and more companies are outsourcing their customer service to home agents
- Mystery shopper – book it in and work around your own shopping trips
- Digital designer – easy, passive income you can update in your own time
- Virtual assistant – growing demand for VAs means there’s plenty of work for a good VA
✅ What jobs fit in during school hours?
There are lots of jobs that fit in with school hours.
If you’re already working and in a job you love, it’s worth starting off by asking your boss if you can work flexible hours during term time. Everyone has the right (not just parents) to request their employer looks at their request and responds reasonably (source) so this is always worth a shot.
If this is something that’s simply not going to work though, you might want to consider something else all together.
✅ What are part time school hours?
School hours are generally between 9-3, or 3.30 if you’re lucky 🙂
This means that school hours part time working is likely to be between 9.15 and 2.45, give or take. Monday to Friday, this adds up to around four and a half hours a day, or 22.5 hours a week, considered to be a part time job.
✅ School hours part time jobs
So many people need content writers that if you can write well, you could build up a really good client base of flexible work.
Who needs content written for them? Everyone from bloggers to businesses to technical sites and once you’ve written a few pieces you can use as your portfolio, you’ll be able to get repeat work from happy customers.
There are a number of places you can look for your first freelance content writing jobs, Fiverr is a great place to set yourself up a profile for free and start to get work and ProBlogger has a jobs board you can bid for work on, and look for content writing jobs people need doing.
You may have to charge a little less than you’d like to start with, but once you’ve got some content under your belt to showcase, people are happy to pay a decent rate per word for a writer they know will deliver and they can rely on.
Driving jobs are really popular and is often the perfect job for someone looking to work flexibly within school hours.
You can either start driving for Uber, where you literally log onto the app and let it know you’re readyt o work and can start taking jobs on, or you can be a delivery driver for a company like Amazon Flex, where you log onto their app and see what hours they have available for the week coming and put your name down do do those hours.
You can pick the hours you want to do with either of these jobs, and if you have a spare evening as well as the hours within school time, you can easily take on those as well for some extra cash.
You need to have your own reliable car and be comfortable knowing your way around the neighbourhood you’re in, but if you do, driving is a very flexible way to earn some money while the kids are at school!
You’ve probably bought things online but have you ever thought seriously about becoming an online seller?
There are the more obvious choices you can look at like selling secondhand clothes, but there are also more specialised niched down items that sell very well online.
If you have a special interest in something, think about turning it into your online selling job. What might some of these be? As an example, I know of someone that only sells vintage comics, and they get repeat customer after repeat customer as people know the seller knows their stuff.
You might think about selling one type of an item from a larger niche, first edition books, vintage shoes, socks, the list is endless, and if you enjoy and know your product this will come across to your customers, giving you a good reputation as a seller.
Proofreading is a lucrative, flexible way to earn money from home during school hours. You need to be proficient in grammar and technical language, be able to spell and know your ‘theirs’ from your ‘there’s’, and if you do, you’ll be offered repeat work.
There are a number of online agencies that take on freelance proofreaders, the more you do (well!) the more work you’ll be offered.
This proofreading guide is a good place to get started.
Like proofreading, transcription work might be just the work during school hours thing you’ve been looking for.
There is plenty of work around for a good transcriber. You need to be able to type quite fast and accurately and have the equipment needed to be able to transcribe from home. Luckily, many of us already have this equipment already, having easy access to laptops, software and headphone sets available to us.
Once you register with an online agency that offers at home transcription work, you’ll be asked to complete a test to make sure you meet the required standards the agency needs for their clients, and once you pass this test, you’ll be offered work as and when it comes up.
Online tutoring is now global and there are opportunities to teach students the world over. Many people looking for English language tutors wants a native speaker teaching them, and this is one of the most popular tutoring jobs available online.
Popular to belief, you often don’t need a teaching degree to tutor online. For many agencies offering tutoring work, what’s more important is your ability to build up a rapport with your students, be reliable and able to commit to set hours per week, and proficient in your subject.
More and more companies are outsourcing their customer service departments, and this has led to agencies springing up to cater for this need.
By outsourcing their customer service departments, companies can save on the costs of having employees physically in a bricks and mortar building, and the other costs that go with having employees.
And this in turn has led to a great chance for parents to take on this work at home! While you usually have to commit to set hours, these can be worked around school hours and this works well, since you need a quiet area to work in with no distractions in the background!
You’ll be asked to complete a training period so you know the company or companies you’ll be working on behalf of, as well as needing to learn some IT systems that you’ll need to use to log customer calls.
If you’re interested in taking on customer service at home work, you could start with Aerotek, Liveops or TTEC. There are roles available for all experience levels and if you’ve got some customer service experience behind you, all the better!
Mystery shopping is one of those ‘home’ jobs that’s better done in conjunction with another work from home job. But still worth including since it can be a fun way to get a little bit of extra cash in!
Being a mystery shopper is not going to replace your full time income, so as long as you don’t go into it thinking you’ll be rich quickly, you won’t be disappointed!
Some mystery shopping jobs pay you in cash, some pay you by way of a free meal if you’re mystery shopping in a restaurant and others will give you an allowance to spend in a specific shop in exchange for your mystery shopping report.
The digital products market is huge and online market places like Etsy have given us all the perfect platform to be able to sell them online to a global market.
The sort of digital product you might want to sell depends on your interests and what sells well already (you want to see what sells, and then make a better version!).
It might seem daunting when you look at how many digital downloads there are available already, but this is also an indicator of how big the market is for them, they sell well, and there’s no reason you can’t get in on the action.
Selling digital downloads online isn’t quick money. It can take a while to get yourself set up with an online selling account and actually making the items you’re going to sell, but once you’ve made them, they could provide you with a passive income for months/years to come and as time goes on and you add to your collection and build your reputation, the more money you can make.
Canva is one of the easiest tools I’ve used to make digital products, with there being a free version available that is more than good enough to get you started.
Virtual assistants (VAs) are in demand right now. Bloggers, influencers and many many others besides are employing VAs on a freelance basis to take over some of the tasks they need to do on an almost daily basis.
VAs can take on as many tasks as they can manage and know how to do, so everything from keeping social media accounts updated, creating pins for Pinterest, posting onto Facebook, formatting and publishing posts onto a blog, writing these posts, SEOing content etc….as a VA you might be asked to do anything.
If this is a job that interest you, knowing social media well is a must, and being proficient in WordPress (a bloggers favourite!), SEO and content creation will mean you get work easier.
Many VAs work for a small number of clients on a regular basis, with flexible hours being common.
You can get started working as a Virtual Assistant by joining blogging Facebook groups dedicated to VAs, and groups aimed at bloggers, who often ask for VA recommendations in these groups.
✅ What jobs are there in a school?
Jobs in the school your child goes to are not limited to teaching. There are several other roles that might suit you if you’re not a teacher.
Catering staff, admin office staff, cleaning staff and classroom teaching assistants are all roles that can fit in with the school hours, with the added benefit of having all the holidays off work and ditching any commute, other than back home 🙂
These roles are often send out when there are vacancies on school newsletters, on the school website or on the local education sites.
✅ Jobs that work around a school schedule
Any of the jobs we’ve listed here work around school hours. As someone with three kids, I’m well aware of the issues with working during school hours!
If you’re a little creative and think outside the box, it’s perfectly possible to start earning money that doesn’t bring with it the stresses of finding childcare and having to make a dash to school to be there for pick up time.
Content writer – write unique content and get paid per word
Driver – delivery driving is a huge market
Online seller – there’s no end to the items you could sell
Proofreader – if you’re good with language, this can be lucrative work
Transcriber – if you can type, you can earn cash!
Online tutor – tutoring is now a flexible, global service
At-home customer service – more and more companies are outsourcing their customer service to home agents
Mystery shopper – book it in and work around your own shopping trips
Digital designer – easy, passive income you can update in your own time
Virtual assistant – growing demand for VAs means there’s plenty of work for a good VA