7 Low Stress Jobs that are Perfect for Moonlighting

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Everybody needs extra money from time to time, either to cover a rough budget patch, to pay off debt, to save for a vacation, or to build up an emergency fund. There are easy ways to make extra money and hard ways. Since you have a job or business already, you’ll want to keep your…

Everybody needs extra money from time to time, either to cover a rough budget patch, to pay off debt, to save for a vacation, or to build up an emergency fund. There are easy ways to make extra money and hard ways. Since you have a job or business already, you’ll want to keep your side activities on the low side of the stress meter. Here are seven low-stress jobs that are perfect for moonlighting.

Security guard

Moonlighting Jobs - Security Guard
Security Guard jobs often have flexible hours.

This one is at the top because it is my personal favorite – a low-stress job that I held while I was working my way through college. It’s the perfect fit for just about anything you want to do.

Most security guards are on site primarily for insurance purposes. The owner of a large building or facility will have security guards on duty as a way of keeping their property insurance rates to a minimum. For that reason, you’re paid mainly to be there, and not necessarily to do anything.

I was actually able to do this job on a near full-time basis while I was a full-time student in college. Since most of what I did involved sitting at a console, checking IDs and watching monitors, I mostly did my homework while I was there.

Not only is being a security guard low stress, but the schedules can be quite flexible. You can do it either full-time or part-time, weekdays or weekends, and just about any shift that works with your schedule. Here is a place to learn more.

Fitness trainers and instructors

These positions usually involve performing specific services, either working with individual fitness club clients, or running classes in just about any physical activity you can think of – aerobics, zumba, stationary bikes – you name it.

You’re paid an above-average rate for the time you’re actually working with clients, and the rest of the time you’re either keeping hours in the gym, or you’re off-duty.

If you have specific fitness skills or training, and you’re a winning “people person,” you can build up a clientele who will pay decent money for your services. It’s part job, part business.

Hotel night front desk clerk

The low-stress part of this job isn’t universal – in large, busy hotels, the job can be quite stressful. But in more remote or less popular facilities, you’re mostly there to answer phones and check people in and out. In between is considerable downtime. If you’re able to stay up nights, this can be a perfect moonlighting situation.

Pool lifeguard

This involves more than simply being paid to hang around a pool, but it is still less stressful than more typical jobs. Your primary responsibility is to sit in an elevated seat – or very close to the pool – to keep an eye out for people in distress. Since that doesn’t happen 99.9% of the time, well – you get the picture. During evenings or on days with less-than-perfect weather, there may be few people at the pool anyway.

The best places to be a lifeguard are neighborhood and community pools, particularly in smaller ones. You may have other duties, such as light cleaning, or maintaining the pool, but these are less stressful than being, say, a cashier in a busy grocery store.

Self-storage manager or clerk

Generally speaking, this is one of the most passive jobs available. Since customers typically have their own keys or pass cards, you’re mostly there to man the front office, answer phone calls, and help the occasional customer in distress.

Self-storage facilities typically run on extended hours, such as evenings and weekends, so you should be able to get an off-hours shift that will work with your primary job or business.

Overnight baby sitting

Everyone has at least an occasional need for an overnight babysitter, and not everyone has family or friends who are available to handle it for them. In fact, in many instances, family and friends are attending the same function that has the parents needing an overnight babysitter.

If you have babysitting skills, and particularly an existing babysitting clientele, overnight babysitting can be a low-stress extension of your services. It is even possible that you could have the kids stay in your own home overnight. It will be a matter of watching them, much the way you would your own children, and since it’s an overnight arrangement, they’ll be sleeping much of the time anyway.

Elderly companion

There are many elderly who live alone that are not quite ready for either assisted living or even a visiting nurse, but they still need some extra attention. You can become an elderly companion, visiting with them periodically, keeping company with them, performing routine services, and just checking with them to be sure they’re all right.

You may develop several clients by working with senior citizens homes, senior citizen centers, and even hospitals or geriatric health providers. This can be much less stressful – and a lot more satisfying – than holding a job with regular hours.

If you need to moonlight for extra money, you may have to think out-of-the-box to find a suitable situation that will be less stressful than a regular part-time job. This list should get you started.

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About Kevin Mercadante

Kevin Mercadante is professional personal finance blogger, and the owner of his own personal finance blog, OutOfYourRut.com. He has backgrounds in both accounting and the mortgage industry. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two teenage kids and can be followed on Twitter at @OutOfYourRut.

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  1. Kevin Mercadante says

    Hi Jack – Yes, way back when, when there WERE video stores! I think that for a teenager that would have been the ultimate cool job. I’d have to say mine own favorite was security guard. That’s what enabled me to get through college. It gave me a quiet place to do my studying and homework where I was also on the payroll. It was like getting paid to do homework!

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