How To Find Under The Table Jobs

Struggles with maintaining a steady income for many people tend to sound like a way too familiar story. And unfortunately, sometimes even your regular jobs just can’t get you through the end of the month.

Maybe even more so than ever, the current job market is unstable and uncertain due to the global COVID-19 epidemic.

For that reason, a lot of people are looking for some additional under the table jobs that can put extra money in their pockets.

In case you are thinking about exactly that, here are some suggestions to help you make a decision.

Where to look for under the table jobs

The best place to start looking for work in order to make money under the table is of course online.

Check different websites and social media platforms to find the one that would suit your needs the best:

  • Facebook – just like with many other things, social media platforms are an effective way to be connected and informed. Various Facebook groups cater to exactly that need, offering job opportunities in your local area.
  • Reddit – under the table jobs is one of the topics discussed on this website so it is a perfect way to find out about any potential jobs, especially the online type of work.
  • Job websites and apps – there are numerous websites and even apps that are dedicated to solely one purpose, finding a job. There are even websites that provide information about a certain type of work (tutor, graphic designer, etc), so you can instantly narrow your search and focus on a specific niche.

What Type Of Work Should You Consider?

There are plenty of different ways to make money under the table. 

The choice of the job will depend on your own skills, abilities, and personal schedule (whether you would be able to work full time or only part-time).

If you are not sure where to start, or what kind of work interest you the most, here is a short list of suggestions that could guide you in the right direction.

Photography

If you have a creative streak, this is a brilliant opportunity to make some extra cash doing what you enjoy. Turn your hobby into a profitable career. 

You could either work certain events or just sell your photos on different platforms.

Maybe even both, branching out to in-person sort of photography business, as well as the online world. Whatever works for you the best.

Keep in mind though that it is a bit more competitive than some other business fields, so you will have to find a way to stand out. 

It also requires some investment in the form of professional equipment.

But, with some effort, hard work in creating a portfolio, and a well-thought-out marketing strategy, it should pay for itself rather quickly. Here are some great photography tips for beginners.

Tutoring

If you have a skill you are good at,  there is always someone who will want to learn it (and pay money for it).

Whether it is teaching another language, different school subjects, or how to play an instrument, there is a need for new skills at all times. 

You can choose if you want to work with children or adults.

But whoever you choose, this is a job that requires a lot of patience and people skill in transferring your knowledge onto others.

All things consider, it is a good job that pays in cash, with flexible working hours (you are free to adjust your schedule how you see fit), and because you are able to do it online, it is a job that could provide you with an income even during a global pandemic.

Writing

It is another job that you can do within the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else).

There are a lot of opportunities to work as a freelance writer, meaning that you are mostly in charge of your working hours. Make sure you read our review of Writers Work, a platform tailored for beginner freelance writers.

Also, in case you are slightly lacking in the people skill department, and things like tutoring are not quite up your street, this could be perfect under the table job for you.

And it is not just strictly about writing. You can edit or proofread someone else’s work, or even translate if you are fluent in two (or more) languages.

In any case, there is a big demand for various kinds of writing jobs and you can choose the one that suits you the most. Just have samples of your writing prepared and don’t forget, the more you write, the more experience you are gaining.

Babysitting

Chances are, it is one of the jobs that pay cash not checks, so if you are looking for quick cash it could be the right fit for you.

And, it is a job that is usually in high demand, even today (although a lot less than before).

No matter if it’s a full-time or part-time arrangement, it goes without saying that you will need to have some previous experience with taking care of children.

Pet sitting 

Babysitting is a big responsibility for some people, so if you have more experiences with animals, you should consider pet sitting as an under the table job.

Considering how many people work full time and own pets, this is, like babysitting, a job that is usually easy to find.

The working hours might not be ideal, but at the end of the day, it is a reliable source of income. And not to mention, who doesn’t like spending their workday with animals!

Personal trainer

No matter if you are into yoga, pilates, dance, gym, martial arts, etc, there is a good chance that you can transform your love for physical activity into a source of extra money.

Keeping fit and staying healthy is a desirable goal for so many people, that you shouldn’t have problems finding clients pretty fast. 

But, it is a job that takes skill and in order to seem more professional and elevate your business to the next level, you should consider acquiring a proper certificate.

Also, what is important is that you are able to do most of the training (unless it involves specific equipment) as an online class, making it an ideal job that could withstand additional health measures and even quarantine.

Manual work

If you are good with your hands and have a specific skill that includes manual labor, here are just some of the under the table jobs that pay in cash and are in demand: 

  • cleaning jobs
  • delivery
  • different types of handiwork (such as plumbing, painting, electrical work, etc)
  • lawn mowing/gardening
  • house maintenance, etc.

These jobs can be psychically demanding, and the working hours could get hectic, but it puts extra cash in your pockets and it has the potential to become a regular source of income.

In Conclusion

The big part of today’s economy, and especially the current situation with the global pandemic, is to be adjustable and prepared for everything that might come your way.

Getting an under the table job is an effective way to boost your income, whether it is your only or an additional source of money.