The "work hard, play hard" mentality has been totally ingrained in us for years — but if we spend all of our time working, when the heck are we supposed to play? The good news is, there are some part-time jobs out there that pay enough for you to live comfortably and have some extra time to actually enjoy yourself.
Still, a lot of these jobs do require a ton of skill, and you might need to study or train before jumping in. It's not that you won't be working hard; it's just that you'll have more time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Check out these 25 part-time jobs that are known to pay more than minimum wage.
Tutors can work in person or even online. Online tutors typically make less, but the job is more flexible since you can work from home. In-person tutors can charge $30 per hour or more.
School bus drivers typically work less than 20 hours per week and average more than $15 an hour.
Love booking vacations and helping others make their travel dreams come true? If so, consider working as a part-time travel agent. Most are paid on commission, but top earners can make well over $50,000 per year.
At a busy breakfast restaurant, you’ll average $20 an hour in tips, plus your hourly wage of $4 an hour (or more depending on where you live). Breakfast restaurants close mid-afternoon, allowing you plenty of time to spend with family.
Set your own hours, work in a salon or in the comfort of your own home, all while making an hourly rate of more than minimum wage (average is $10 nationwide) plus tips.
Secretaries don’t just work full time in an office setting anymore. They can work from home, work part time or work as an assistant to a CEO. Pay can vary from $10 an hour to $25 an hour.
Mail carriers work 20 hours per week, on average, and make $19 an hour or more.
Though you’ll need an associate’s degree, you’ll make an average of $32 an hour for this low-stress, in-demand part-time job.
Similar to a hair stylist, you can set your own hours, work at a makeup counter or specialize in events, such as weddings or anniversary parties.
You can get your Pilates or yoga license and start teaching private lessons from the comfort of your own home. You can charge $20 per hour or more, depending on your experience and what your clients are willing to pay.
If you’re the crafty type, sell your artwork on websites such as Etsy. Salary varies depending on how many sales you make, but the more you put into your small business, the more you’ll get out of it.
Bank tellers start out around $12 an hour, on average. Other perks of the job include benefits, the option to work part time and the option to contribute to a retirement account.
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Originally published February 2014. Updated July 2017.
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