Work in pubs and
If you love music and clubbing - why not work as a DJ?
The lists below will help inspire you with a home job idea that you
can make some extra money with. All these jobs can be carried out in
your spare time, evenings and weekends, and many have formed the basis
of successful part-time home businesses. The jobs below will particularly
appeal if you like working with people and many of them are ideal for
part-time work being in demand mainly outside office or school hours.
Don't forget that if you need cash to pay off some bills, in addition
to all the 'micro business' ideas listed below, there are also seasonal
jobs in the retail and leisure industries at various times of the year.
Many of these can be carried out during evenings and weekends, or part-time
during the day if you have spare time during the week.
Easy ways to make money from home
to work as a Disk Jockey
If you enjoy music, working as a DJ can be a poptastic way to earn
a living at weddings, parties and events of all kinds.
The mobile DJ is always in demand and it needn't be too expensive to
get started. If you want to try it out first, you can just rent the
equipment and see how you get on.
You'll need to be personable, confident and chatty. You may need to
deal with mothers-of-brides, drunken uncles who want more Elvis and
kids who want hard house at granny's birthday party! Or you could strut
your stuff at clubs and bars - it's evening work that can fit in well
with your day job. If you can talk and mix at the same time, you could
be on your way to the big time. Top DJs are treated as celebrities these
Don't forget Karaoke is also popular at events and social gatherings,
either as a stand-alone event or as part of a disco evening.
as a Doorman
The door supervisor's role is now regulated by the Security Industry
Authority and it is illegal to work as a door supervisor on licensed
premises without holding the appropriate SIA licence. As of 2015, it
costs £220 for a three year period and you'll need to supply
full background details and details of any criminal convictions.
application (external site, opens in new window)
Door supervision is now about much more than the public perception
of the old fashioned 'bouncer', and requires knowledge of civil and
criminal law, searching, drugs awareness, licensing law, equal opportunities
and the Health and Safety at Work Act.
There are many companies offering training courses on the different
skills you need, so take a little time to do some research and shop
around to find the price and type of course that suits.
You'll need to be physically fit and, most importantly, be able to
deal calmly and professionally with a wide variety of people in sometimes
stressful or difficult situations.
Female Door Supervisors
The amount of women working as door supervisors has increased over
recent years. As well as dealing with drug and weapon searches on female
customers, women door supervisors have often been able to take a successful
'softly, softly' approach with aggressive and potentially violent males
and defuse a situation before it 'kicks off'.
DON'T! Unless you know and accept exactly what you're getting into...google
it and read about the many bad experiences. Escort work for women will
almost always involve providing sexual 'extras'
If you are looking for a job as a male escort, the object will be
for the 'agency' to separate you from your money as quickly as possible.
You'll be asked to call a premium rate phone number to find out more
and/or pay a (non-refundable) registration fee before you are given
any work. The work then fails to appear. Adverts looking for male escorts
are virtually guaranteed to be nothing more than a quick way of
losing your money.
Find out more about escort scams
Find out more about working on a sex
Waiter / Bar staff
is a useful part-time and seasonal earner. Ask around at your local
pubs, cafes, restaurants, hotels, function rooms, golf club, masonic
hall, etc. You could try a google search for 'event staff' in your area
and contact the agencies that appear.
The catering and hospitality industry has a huge demand for part-time
and casual staff, and once you have a little experience you'll find
that the work will come your way with increasing regularity - once you
prove yourself to be reliable and flexible with hours.
If you can do Silver Service, you'll always be in demand for functions
as there is always a need for experienced bar staff. There are no specific
qualifications to get started but you should be presentable, reliable
Waiting can also be a suitable part-time
job for 16 year olds, but
do check the legislation in your area.
If you're the outgoing and friendly type, maybe being a toastmaster
would suit. You need to be a good public speaker and keep cool under
pressure. The job is very rewarding when you help a major function or
wedding run smoothly. Courses are available from english
toastmasters (external site, opens in new window)
If you enjoy meeting and talking to the public you could consider promotional
or PR work. This covers everything from walking the streets handing
out leaflets to promote clubs, bars and restaurants to demonstrating
products in stores or at exhibitions.
work at holiday camps and leisure parks (external site, opens in
Work as a Wedding Photographer
See under photography jobs
Insurance - We strongly advise that you
take out the appproriate insurance to cover your activities. A good
independent broker will be able to advise you on what cover you need.