What: Jitjatjo hires part-time bartenders, servers and caterers to work as W-2 employees in select U.S. cities and has expanded into health care, retail, warehouse, and education

Expected pay: $10 -$30

Husl $core: $$$$

Commissions & fees: NA

Where: Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Sydney, Australia

Requirements: 18 or older, experience, references.


Currently only available in a few major cities, 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. The company also withholds income taxes, which means you have fewer concerns about making estimated payments or having an unpleasant surprise at tax time. (See our “Taxes” story in the Self-Employment 101 section.)

How it works: You sign up to work in one of the industries that the site supports — hospitality, health care, education or retail. If your application is accepted, Jitjatjo will text you when there is an opportunity in your neighborhood.

Complaints from workers 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.


Other sites to consider, if you want to work in food or beverage service, include Wonolo and Qwick.

What their employees say: (These reviews from Glassdoor are edited for space and grammar)

“I have been working at Jitjatjo part-time for more than a year. You literally set your own schedule and work whenever you want! If you have any questions, their team is really nice and are super understanding. They do talent events every quarter, so you get to meet other people on Jitjatjo. Instant pay is really cool.

“Everything is straight forward and explained. The app is simple and user interface is great; payment is quick and easy; the gigs are fun and well paying. For somebody who has a full time job, being able to turn on and set availability for what works on my schedule is fantastic.”

“Very diverse team. Great company to work for. They treat you like family and with utmost respect. Great company culture & smart team. Room for growth. Fun environment. Flexible hours but very fast paced. If you’re not adaptable, this company is not for you.”

*Updated 9/14/2021

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