Putting your passion first doesn’t come without a price. Sadly, that price is often on the necessities, like food and rent. But don’t give up! If you need a flexible day job so you can continue to work toward your creative projects, these eight jobs may be a good fit for you:
1) Temp worker
For we creative types, temp work can be a saving grace. Several agencies help you find work beyond the standard 9-5 grind, giving you steady, reliable income that has more flexibility to fit into your schedule.
2) Research assistant
If you can read, you can be a research assistant. This job usually requires you to drill down on one topic, gathering as much information as you can, reading and analyzing it thoroughly. You could end up researching for a professor at a university, or even an author. There’s a ton of potential here for an interesting job!
3) Virtual bookkeeper
Bookkeeping takes time, and some business owners just don’t want to deal with it. That’s fine—more work for you! Businesses that outsource their bookkeeping duties can even offer remote positions, so you can log in and help with their workload form home.
4) Freelance content writer
Developing great content for websites doesn’t just help you earn extra income. It can also be a lot of fun! Learning to navigate different writing formats, like blogs, landing pages, and social media posts, keeps your work versatile, while letting you explore an unlimited range of writing topics.
What are you good at? Why not turn your passion into income? If you’re a whiz at writing, students will line up to have you tutor them on their essays. Put your musical talent to use between auditions by teaching. You’re good at what you do, so why not give some fellow artists some pointers and earn some cash?
6) Script reader
Production and film companies can’t always keep up with the material they receive. Put your own keen eye to work as a script reader. Read the scripts, then give your company a plot summary of the piece and whether you think it’s any good. An interesting job that lets you make your own hours—sounds pretty great, right?
7) Personal trainer
Into fitness? Why not share that with some clients? How to get accredited varies by location, but gyms and health clubs are always on the lookout for new talent. Get yourself certified and start building your client base.
8) Associate in an apartment complex
Want something that more closely mimics an office job but still lets you have freedom with your time? Start chatting with local apartment complexes to see if they have hours for you. Helping with walkthroughs and tenant requests can help pay the bills and fund your creative projects.
You don’t have to sacrifice your passion to keep the lights on and the fridge stocked. If you need a job while also setting aside hours for creative projects, these jobs just might fit the bill.