Looking for work? The editors at SideHusl.com have found jobs for drivers, tutors, warehouse workers, cleaners and creatives of all types. In fact, almost anyone can find some way to make money with these newly-reviewed options.
Notably, where the pandemic crushed travel and entertainment jobs, it fueled rapid growth in other industries. Delivery and tutoring jobs are particularly hot and are expected to remain so.
Jobs for drivers
For instance, Delivery Drivers Inc. enlists drivers to deliver everything from groceries to legal documents. The company says it quadrupled its staff of freelance drivers in 2020. It plans to add another 140,000 drivers nationwide this year.
“Delivery drivers have always been essential,” said Aaron Hageman, CEO of the Irvine-based company in a statement. “But especially this year, we’ve seen a demand for more drivers across all industries, from grocery to e-commerce.”
DDI is a middle-man between companies that need delivery services and freelancers drivers. It says its corporate clients determine the worker’s pay. That makes it difficult to generalize about the wages and working conditions faced by its drivers.
In California, DDI drivers earn at least 120% of the minimum wage. In other states, wages vary dramatically but largely depend on tips.
On average, the service says that drivers make 1.5 to 2.5 deliveries per hour and earn a $5 per delivery fee, plus an $8 tip. That’s good pay, if you’re lucky enough to receive tips on every delivery. But it’s sorry wages for using your own gas and car otherwise.
Jobs for tutors
Many students have fallen dramatically behind grade-level expectations as the result of distance learning. As students get ready to go back to classrooms, it’s probably no surprise that demand for tutoring, both online and in-person, is brisk.
What do you need to qualify as a tutor? There’s no standard answer. While some of tutoring platforms require teaching credentials or tutoring experience, others merely demand subject-matter mastery and patience.
Newly reviewed TutorOcean makes few demands on tutors, who self-select their subject areas, rates, and availability. It expects you to post your education and experience. But you’re not barred from registering as a tutor on the platform if your experience and credentials are less than stellar.
Using the site is free for tutors who bring in their own students and handle their own billing. The site only charges if you want it to help you find students or bill for you.
Light industrial work
A site called MyWorkChoice hires individuals for warehouse, janitorial and light industrial work in ten states, including California, Arizona, Texas and Minnesota. Unlike many online platforms that offer flexible jobs, MyWorkChoice hires its workers as W-2 employees. That means that the site pays the employer portion of Social Security and Medicare taxes and provides other employee benefits. That’s a big plus.
Unfortunately, the jobs are physical and the site pays only slightly more than minimum wage. There’s also no guarantee that they’ll have enough work to keep you busy, either.
Jobs for Creatives
It doesn’t matter whether your talent is in fashion, fine art, marketing or movie making, a new platform called Creatively makes it easy to find work.
Launched by alice + olivia founder Stacey Bendet, the site makes it easy to post a portfolio and apply for jobs offered by a wide array of local and national brands.
Creatives can sign up and post a profile for free. Brands/employers are asked to subscribe to connect with creatives.
Launched only last summer, Creatively doesn’t have a sufficient track record to say whether it’s an effective tool to find work. However, there’s no downside to posting a portfolio here. And, possibly because of Bendet’s reputation and connections, there are already numerous high-end help-wanted advertisements on the site.