Side hustles are a great way to boost your income and reduce your financial stress, especially if you were one of the 20.6 million workers who lost their job during the pandemic according to USA Today. With the economy starting to open back up, there are more work opportunities available outside of remote positions. That said, to help you on your job search, here are five well-paying part-time jobs you can take on with limited experience.

1. Security officer

By 2026, it’s expected that 71,000 new security officer positions will be created at a 6% growth rate. While a law enforcement degree or military background is sometimes preferred depending on the type of security you’re looking to do, you can typically break into the security industry with no experience. What’s more, you can find a wide array of businesses and organizations in need of security services from college campuses to law firms to retail shops.

2. Dental receptionist

Many of us held off on getting our dental cleanings and fillings done in 2020 to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. That means dentist offices are busier than ever in 2021 now that patients are scheduling out their cleanings and procedures. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the number of people getting dental implants is up by 500,000 and over 4 million people in the U.S. are wearing braces. That said, if you’re good with customer service and organization, becoming a dental receptionist or office assistant in a dental practice is a great idea because the demand is seriously high. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate for dentist receptionist job opportunities right now is 27%.

3. Brand ambassador

Now that the economy is opening back up again, brand ambassadors are needed to help convince potential customers that certain businesses are the right choice for them. Brand ambassadors help to shine companies in a positive light. These positions can either be in-person or remote opportunities depending on the job you’re applying for. However, this side hustle is ideal for those who are in need of flexible hours and are great with customers. What’s more, just like the security officer position, brand ambassadors are in demand in a variety of industries because businesses come in all shapes and sizes.

4. Administrative assistant

Similar to dental receptionists, administrative assistants are also in high demand as they support employees, management, and customers in a variety of industries. If you have previous experience with data entry, customer service, and setting appointments, this is a great side hustle for you. However, you may be able to break into the industry without any experience if you have the right skills. Consider checking out tutorials on Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and other data entry software on YouTube to give yourself a leg up.

5. Professional dog walker or pet sitter

Compared to the other jobs listed above, you may not think much about this side hustle opportunity. But if you live in an urban area, you may actually be able to make up to $25 per dog walk and even $70 for a single overnight stay to pet sit. Now that more people are going back to work in-office, many workers’ furry friends are stuck at home for long periods of time and need someone to come walk them and take them outside. If dog walking or pet sitting sounds right up your alley, try out sites like Rover, which is an online platform that connects dog walkers and sitters to pet owners in need.

It’s no secret that finding a job right now a year into the pandemic is rough. But by checking out some of the side hustles above, you could find a way to help supplement your income and take the pressure off your finances.

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