Looking for a seasonal, weekend or an evening job to supplement your income? Careerlink has put together a guide to good paying part-time jobs in the Omaha and Lincoln area.
“Having a part-time job allows for me to live a more comfortable lifestyle and helps me save more for my future,” says Leah Trasher, co-founder of Omaha.dog and cocktail server at Mr. Toad’s Pub in Omaha’s Old Market.
Since many people look for part-time work to help pay the bills (or make the holidays merry), making more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is ideal. We’ve gathered a list of part-time jobs in Omaha and Lincoln that don’t require specialized training, offer flexible schedules and pay above minimum wage.
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Driving a taxi or being an Uber driver offers a great amount of flexibility and doesn’t require any special training. Because of the good work/life balance, taxi driver is ranked #11 in Best Social Services Jobs by U.S. News & World Report. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs generally earn more than $11.00 an hour.
Bus and Van Drivers
If you enjoy driving and want to have a sense of purpose, being a school bus or shuttle van driver might be a good job for you. A job as a van or bus driver offers a great work/life balance and is on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Social Services Jobs. Bus drivers base salary starts at $10.00 an hour.
Housekeeping and Janitor Jobs
One of the greatest benefits of cleaning services jobs is the low stress level. Office cleaning jobs tend to be part-time evening jobs. There are also several housekeeping jobs available in the hospitality industry that offer morning, evening and weekend shifts. Because of the low stress and good work/life balance, janitors rank #4 in Best Maintenance & Repair Jobs according to U.S. News & World Report. Cleaning jobs usually pay more than $10.00 per hour.
When it comes to part-time seasonal jobs, retail is the easy choice. Since most retailers increase staff during holiday seasons, it’s the best option to find a part-time job fast. Depending on where you work, retail jobs offer employee discounts, flexible schedules and sales bonuses. Seasonal retail jobs hourly wage can vary greatly depending on where you work.
Bartender and Cocktail Server
Bartender and cocktail server jobs appeal to those looking for flexibility, excitement and tips. “I love the social outlet of working in a bar setting,” says Thrasher. “I get to meet and connect with people I normally wouldn’t be able to.” Because it’s a serving position, what you earn depends on where you work, what shifts you work and the level of service you provide. But, there is definitely earning potential in part-time bartending and serving jobs.
Call Center Representatives
Customer Service Representatives
Taking customer service calls requires a calm, cool and collected mentality. If that’s you, then a part-time customer service rep job might be just the way to earn some extra cash. Call center jobs often offer employees the ability to set their own schedules, so flexibility is high.
Survey & Phone Interviewers
The never-know-what-you-might-get element associated with calling complete strangers and asking them questions is why many people enjoy working as phone interviewers. With shifts available in the evenings and on weekends, phone interviewers can work as little as 12 hours per week and earn between $10-18.00 per hour.
Seeking Part-Time Employment
Some people have also embraced the flexibility and work/life balance offered by part-time or contract work as a way to build a ‘portfolio’ career. Instead of working one full-time job, some people are choosing to work multiple part-time or seasonal jobs. The money may be the same or better, but the power to create their own schedule is the main attraction.
Flexibility and savings is why hiring part-time appeals to employers. Some companies look for part-time employees to staff up during busy seasons or to help with projects as-needed. While other employers prefer to hire part-time workers since they typically don’t have to provide benefits.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 28 million Americans currently work part-time. That number includes teens and college students working evenings and weekends; retirees working a part-time job to stay active and full-time workers looking to supplement their income.