If a good physical job for you involves working in a bar or restaurant, your first step should be to apply at local establishments. However, several gig sites can also help you find part-time food service jobs.

Food service jobs

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. In other words every posting for a food service job includes the location, start time, pay, staff contact, parking, and required dress code.

You’ll also be told what type of event it is and how many people will be attending. You need to keep a high rating to stay on the platform, but so do your clients. So you’re likely to work for decent employers here.

Jitjatjo is currently only available in a few major cities on the East Coast. However, Jitjatjo differs from most side hustles in that the company actually takes you on as a part-time employee. That’s a huge benefit because it means that they will pay the employer’s portion of your Social Security and Medicare taxes, which add to 7.65% of whatever you earn. Complaints from servers are relatively mild — mainly that they’re sometimes asked to commit on short notice. The pay is decent, though not overly generous, but it’s also immediate. Jitjatjo pays through Instant Pay, which solves any worries you might have about waiting for a paycheck. Learn more about Jitjatjo here.

CafeTemps connects 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. Generally, workers also must pay CafeTemps a 5% commission from their wages. However, the site promises to waive that 5% fee for those who sign up early. That applied to anyone signing up outside of New York City when this site was initially reviewed in mid-November 2021.

Seasonal food service jobs

If you’re looking for seasonal food service jobs, four sites can help. Notably, in addition to food service staff, these sites also find work for housekeepers, reception desk clerks, and camp counselors.

CoolWorks is one of the world’s largest sites connecting seasonal workers with resorts, summer camps and ski areas with seasonal help. The jobs are generally not highly paid, but they often come with great perks, such as discounted or free lodging, meals and activities.

XanterraJobs is the concessionaire for Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth Mountain and Zion National Park, among others. The site hires for both part-time and full-time workers, but generally just for a season. If you want to work year-round, it’s possible if you’re mobile. After all, the ski season starts just as the national park tourist season ends.

VagaJobs is a young job board that focuses on seasonal hospitality work. It’s distinguishing feature is that the questionnaire you fill out for the site creates a standard resume that you can use to apply to most jobs on the site. Given that many seasonal workers are looking for a new gig every few months, that’s a nice time-saver. VagaJobs offers primarily U.S.-based work, but plans to expand internationally as the pandemic recedes.

SeasonWorkers also tries to play matchmaker between workers and distant locations in Europe, Asia and Oceania. However, the site is merely a go-between and prospective workers may need to weed through a few non-jobs to find paying positions.

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