If you’re looking for flexible, part-time work cooking for restaurants, there are a four good options. 


Jitjatjo, a rapidly-growing staffing company, connects cooks, bartenders and servers with jobs in several industries, including education, hospitality and health care. It differs from most side hustles in that the company actually takes you on as a part-time employee, paying Social Security, income tax withholding, and giving you some paid time off. Learn more about Jitjatjo here.


Qwick connects individuals and companies that are hosting events with cooks, waiters, bartenders and concession attendants capable of staffing these events. Operating in eight major markets, the site promises to provide potential workers with all the information they need to accept or reject a shift. This includes the location, start time, pay, staff contact, parking, and dress code. The site also encourages long-term relationships between employers and freelance staff — a big positive. Learn more about Qwick here.


Instawork connects hospitality and warehouse workers with businesses and organizations that need cooks, bartenders, waiters, shelf-stockers and others. The site charges no commissions or fees to workers. Those are paid by the corporate clients. Pay is about standard for the type of work, ranging from minimum wage to as much as $25 per hour. You can learn more about Instawork here.


CafeTemps aims to connect restaurant staff with food service jobs. However, unlike many other companies operating in this space, CafeTemps wants workers to direct the terms. Workers set up profiles on the site, stating their experience, work geography and how much they expect to be paid. Companies that hire from the site must pay the worker’s rate, plus a 12% site fee for the connection. More about CafeTemps here.