What Are the Best Tips for Earning Part-Time Income?

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  • Written By: Maggie Worth
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  • Last Modified Date: 12 January 2020
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Earning part-time income often comes with many options and considerations. Tips for earners include evaluating needs and availability and searching for positions in a variety of places. Individuals should also consider all the effects of adding a part-time income before making a decision.

Before beginning a search for part-time income opportunities, individuals should consider their goals and restrictions. This can include determining how many hours are available for work and what those hours are. It can also include deciding the settings in which a person is willing to work, how far he or she is willing to drive, and how much he or she needs to earn to make the effort worthwhile. In addition, searchers should evaluate their personal strengths, preferences, and skills to determine what type of part-time work would be most suitable.

Finding an opportunity to earn part-time income is often a matter of looking in the right place. Many online job boards can be searched specifically for part-time jobs. Retail stores and restaurants often look for part-time workers. Freelancing websites can help writers, consultants, designers, and others find work that can be done on a part-time basis.

Home-based businesses are another common way to earn part-time income. Those considering such ventures should carefully research the company and ask questions about requirements. Some such businesses require an initial investment, which may or may not fit in with the worker’s needs.


Part-time income earners should also carefully consider the tax implications of this income. While some opportunities might pay under the table — meaning that the income is not reported to taxing authorities — this is illegal in many areas, and failing to report income can be punishable by fines, community service, and in some jurisdictions, jail time. Other part-time positions use independent contractors, meaning that the company does not withhold taxes from each check and that the employee needs to do so. In most such cases, the employee also has to pay the portion of taxes that would normally be paid by an employer.

It is important to note that, if the employer withholds taxes, they are calculated at the rate appropriate to the rate of pay for the part-time job. If the individual has other taxable sources of income, however, annual taxes are calculated using the appropriate rate for the sum total annual income. This may affect any return or payment due.



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