Secondary jobs for workers of all ages, from boomers to Gen Z

If you are looking for a way to earn a few extra bucks, there are many options. Some are perfect for the young and fit; others are better suited to people with more experience and advantages. Here are some side jobs for each generation.

The idea behind defining and naming generations is that people in generational groups often share experiences and life goals. Some of those experiences are age specific; others reflect historical events that affected their formative years. People who grew up during the Great Depression, for example, tend to be thrifty because of the deprivations they suffered when they were young.

That said, personal preferences don’t always perfectly fit demographic niches. So take a look at the side jobs of the generations older and younger than yours too.

Generation Z: 11 to 23

The younger generation of the workforce is hampered by legal and practical restrictions when trying to make money. Child labor laws prohibit young people from doing work that is considered dangerous. And privacy laws discourage online platforms from allowing teens to use their job search services without parental permission.

But some online platforms are looking for young people for jobs like gardening, babysitting, and cleaning. Some of the best options:

Kumbaya is designed for teens looking for work. Recruit parents of teens to not only give permission, but also share their child’s job profile with their friends, also known as leads. Teens set their own rates and say what they can and are willing to do.

Bambino is aimed at teenagers looking to babysit. The site requires caregivers to have a Facebook account which is used to collect recommendations and familiarize parents and caregivers with one another. They earn between $ 2 and $ 25 per hour, depending on age and experience.

If you are over 18 and want to recreate a summer camp-like experience, consider applying with CoolWorks or XanterraJobs. Both sites find seasonal work in resorts and national parks. These jobs are generally physical (ski instructor, dishwasher, housekeeper, or camp counselor, for example) and are rarely well paid. However, the locations can be spectacular. Many of these jobs also include discounted accommodation and benefits, such as horseback riding at reduced prices.

College students can earn money by taking good notes in class. Several sites, including Stuvia, Study Soup, and Nexus Notes, pay good students to share their class notes to help other students who missed a day of school or are falling behind. Payment varies by site.

Students say that one of the best benefits of note-taking work is that you get so focused on your classes that you get better grades. A word of caution: some colleges discourage the sale of grades, unless you are working directly with the university, usually through the school’s disability services department. Check with your school if you are unsure about the policy.

Millennials: 24 to 40

Demographers say this generation stays single longer, has children later, and spends more money on travel than buying houses. While that may concern expectant parents, staying free and free of obligations provides many work options.

A high-paying side job for the young and strong is moving. A wide range of sites, including Laborjack, Dolly, GoShare, and Truxx, search for suitable adults to help people move furniture and appliances. The pay is usually $ 30 to $ 60 per hour. It can be even higher if you have a truck that you can use. Most of these sites require you to be available on weekends and be able to lift 50-100 pounds.

Are you willing to spend a few days and take some risks helping pharmaceutical companies test drugs? You can earn thousands of dollars by volunteering for clinical trials. The best paid require sleeping in certain spaces, but provide three meals a day and paid accommodation.

The catch: The drug you’re trying could cause unpleasant side effects, such as rashes and headaches. And your home is likely to be clinically sterile and similar to a dorm. Still, aside from being available for regular health monitoring, the days are largely free, so you can watch TV, read, study, talk to your friends, or even take part in remote side jobs like writing. The pay is high. WCCT Global and Covance Clinical Trials were recently recruited for trials paying between $ 6,000 and $ 8,000 for healthy adults who could stay up to 10 nights.

Most travel-oriented side jobs have been cut short as the COVID-19 pandemic led countries around the world to lock themselves up. However, as vaccines become more available, some are making a comeback. CoolWorks and Season Workers, which connect temporary employees with jobs at resorts, national parks and campgrounds, are already looking for candidates. If you want to guide tours in your own city, you can register with ToursByLocals and Viator.

Generation X: 41 to 56

Parents, remember when you thought your life would be easier when the children were a little older and could do more for themselves? There’s nothing like the reality of raising teens and tweens to break those dreams.

Do you have little time, little money and spend what little time you have on the children’s school and extracurricular activities? You could also turn your “all about them” era into paid work.

Consider this: If you’re already helping your own kids navigate fifth grade math or history, you could sign up to be a tutor. Dozens of tutoring sites are actively recruiting, especially during the pandemic, as many children face the consequences of distance learning. You are not limited to teaching academic subjects either. A site called LessonFace helps book online tutoring sessions on music and dance.

Do younger children make you feel like you are running daycare? If you want to make it official, you may be able to earn a five-figure income. A site called Wonderschool can help you manage the operation of your day care home and advise you through licenses.

If you like sports and children, you may be a good candidate for CoachUp, a platform that helps to book coaching services. If you know all the rules, you might as well be a referee.

If you are better at photography than as a coach, you can earn money by taking photos at children’s events and selling them to parents. A site called Snapped4U can help you distribute the photos and collect payment.

Baby boomers: from 57 to 75

Some professional job platforms attract retirees and near-retirees to provide consulting services to small businesses. Some noteworthy include WAHVE, which specializes in placing insurance, human resources and accounting executives; FlexProfessionals, which is seeking attorneys, marketers, and CEOs; Braintrust, which specializes in technology; and Gerson Lehrman Group and Maven, who reserve short-term consulting jobs for all kinds of experts.

Another compelling option: the multitude of sites that help people rent their assets and possessions.

With sites like Giggster and Peerspace, you can rent your home by the hour to film producers and photographers. These jobs pay roughly five times more than Airbnb rentals and don’t involve hosting strangers overnight.

A site called Turo can help you rent a replacement car. Swimply will rent your pool. Do you have extra storage space? Take a look at Neighbor.

Kristof is the editor of, an independent site that reviews hundreds of opportunities to make money in the contract jobs economy.

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