20 Side Jobs for Generating Additional Income

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated 11 February 2021 | Published 26 August 2020

Updated 11 February 2021

Published 26 August 2020

The Indeed Editorial Team comprises a diverse and talented team of writers, researchers and subject matter experts equipped with Indeed's data and insights to deliver useful tips to help guide your career journey.

Even if you hold a full-time job, you might want to get another job to make some extra income. Additionally, knowing how to earn extra income and having another source of income in addition to your primary job can help you to build up your savings and safeguard your future. Taking on a side job also helps you build up skills that help you get your dream job. In this article, we explore 20 jobs you can get in addition to your full-time job.

Side jobs for additional income

Here are some part-time roles you can consider:

  1. Dog trainer

  2. Telemarketer

  3. Driver

  4. Personal trainer

  5. Content writer

  6. Video editor

  7. Baker

  8. Graphic designer

  9. Customer service representative

  10. Linguist

  11. Web designer

  12. Photographer

  13. Nanny

  14. Artist

  15. Caterer

  16. Transcriptionist

  17. Animator

  18. Application developer

  19. Programmer

  20. Tutor

1. Dog trainer

Average Salary: ₹ 11,291 per month

Primary Duties: A dog trainer provides basic and advanced training to puppies and dogs. They understand the needs of the dogs and owners, teach both dogs and owners basic commands and encourage certain behaviours. They also form a training plan for owners to complete at home. Some trainers work specifically with service or police dogs.

Requirements: A certification or membership to a dog training institute, though online courses are available

2. Telemarketer

Average Salary: ₹ 14,479 per month

Primary Duties: A telemarketer calls prospects from a customer database to inform them about a company brand, convince them of its worth and sell them its products. While most telemarketers follow a sales script, they must make necessary adjustments to suit it to their interactions with customers.

Requirements: Excellent communication skills and fast typing abilities

3. Driver

Average Salary: ₹ 15,494 per month

Primary Duties: A personal driver transports the client to the destination of their choice and waits at the location until they are ready to leave. Drivers often also keep the car clean and maintained.

Requirements: Valid driver's license, a clean driving record, knowledge of city roads, experience in using GPS, good eyesight and a calm, polite demeanour

4. Personal trainer

Average Salary: ₹ 15,509 per month

Primary Duties: A personal trainer undertakes coaching and fitness training for individuals and groups. They evaluate the fitness needs of the trainees, plan the appropriate workout methods and demonstrate the proper workout techniques. They encourage the trainees to keep up with their fitness goals.

Requirements: Certification from a fitness institute, experience in fitness training and strong communication skills

5. Content writer

Average Salary: ₹ 15,586 per month

Primary Duties: Working as a content writer can be a work-from-home job, and it can involve writing in a specific niche or writing on a wide range of topics. Content writers connect with clients over the phone, email or messages, conduct research online and offline and submit work as email attachments or through content management systems.

Requirements: Excellent writing, research and editing skills, knowledge of various writing styles and knowledge of search engine optimization

6. Video editor

Average Salary: ₹ 16,314 per month

Primary Duties: A video editor prepares, organizes and edits video files to create compelling animated, commercial and live-action videos for clients across a range of industries. Video editors also select and add music and sound effects to the videos for maximum impact.

Requirements: Diploma or degree in video editing, knowledge of video editing software and technologies, creative abilities and excellent communication skills

7. Baker

Average Salary: ₹ 16,389 per month

Primary Duties: A baker makes custom-ordered cakes and other baked goods for birthdays, weddings, parties and other occasions. Bakers may specialize in only certain baked products or have a broader output.

Requirements: Baking skills, efficiency, and creativity, plus an oven, packaging or boxes for the baked products and a delivery or pick-up system

8. Graphic designer

Average Salary: ₹ 16,896 per month

Primary Duties: A graphic designer visualizes and creates engaging graphics for a variety of print, video and online media. Graphic designers use hand-drawn and computer graphic software skills to create illustrations, designs, lettering and logos. They may incorporate photographs in various layouts for magazines, books, product packaging, advertisements, motion graphic videos and websites.

Requirements: Certificate, diploma or degree in graphic design, a graphic design portfolio, a keen eye for design, knowledge of design software and excellent communication skills

9. Customer service representative

Average Salary: ₹ 17,067 per month

Primary Duties: A customer service rep handles and responds to customer questions, concerns and complaints about a brand. Customer service representatives record customer information, maintain the customer database and coordinate with different company departments to resolve customer issues.

Requirements: Excellent communication and listening skills, critical-thinking abilities, multitasking capabilities and efficient time-management abilities

10. Linguist

Average Salary: ₹ 17,123 per month

Primary Duties: A linguist follows the specified translation process and stylistic preferences to translate various content types from one language to another. Linguists usually proofread and edit their translations, and they must be able to interpret and translate idioms and other colloquial phrases.

Requirements: Fluency in two or more languages, translation skills, proofreading and editing expertise and strong grammatical knowledge

11. Web designer

Average Salary: 17,436 per month

Primary Duties: A web designer develops layouts to help create user-friendly and easy-to-navigate websites for personal or commercial purposes. Web designers usually research how people might use a website and try to make use of the right colours, icons and other web features to improve user engagement.

Requirements: An understanding of design and colour, knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript and a certificate, diploma or degree in website design

12. Photographer

Average Salary: ₹ 18,436 per month

Primary Duties: A photographer takes pictures of various surroundings or people. They may be commissioned to photograph certain events, such as weddings, or they could take pictures of the subject matter of their choice.

Requirements: A high-quality camera, a strong portfolio, creative and positive outlook and personal transport

13. Nanny

Average Salary: ₹ 19,412 per month

Primary Duties: A nanny looks after babies and young children, either in shifts or throughout the day. Nannies must know how to feed, bathe and dress children, and they also supervise their daily activities.

Requirements: Good communication skills, trustworthy personality and first aid certifications

14. Artist

Average Salary: ₹ 19,608 per month

Primary Duties: An artist may create original pieces or take commissions from clients. They use mediums like canvas, paper, marble and clay. Artists usually set their schedules, but may have to stick to deadlines for their commission work.

Requirements: Certificate, diploma or degree in fine art, artistic skills and training, an art portfolio and computer skills

15. Caterer

Average Salary: ₹ 20,521 per month

Primary Duties: A caterer provides food and drinks for weddings, festivals, religious occasions, parties, meetings and various other social and professional events. Along with supplying dishes, bowls, glasses and cutlery, many caterers also arrange for waiters.

Requirements: Excellent cooking skills, efficient service, strong project management abilities and good customer service skills

16. Transcriptionist

Average Salary: ₹ 21,276 per month

Primary Duties: A transcriptionist translates recorded and live audio using transcription software. Transcriptionists also edit existing transcriptions, check them for errors and update them by doing additional research.

Requirements: Strong communication skills, excellent writing and grammatical skills, good typing speed, a computer, an internet connection, project management skills and the ability to work independently

17. Animator

Average Salary: ₹ 22,305 per month

Primary Duties: An animator creates 2D and 3D animations for personal and commercial projects. Animators create cartoons, films, educational programs, advertisements and more.

Requirements: Diploma or degree in animation, design or fine art, excellent drawing skills and proficiency in animation software

18. Application developer

Average Salary: ₹ 22,422 per month

Primary Duties: An app developer designs and builds complex web applications for mobile and desktop platforms. App developers review app performances and identify and fix problems. They may publish the applications in online stores or send them to clients.

Requirements: Diploma or degree in computer science or software engineering, knowledge of JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, AJAX, Flutter and other mobile and desktop application technologies and excellent communication skills

19. Programmer

Average Salary: ₹ 22,857 per month

Primary Duties: A software programmer writes the code that makes operating systems and software applications work on computers. Software programmers use different languages to write code for a range of purposes across various industries. They could work long term with one company or complete contract work for different clients.

Requirements: Diploma or degree in software programming and knowledge of various programming languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, C++ and more

20. Tutor

Average Salary: ₹ 23,697 per month

Primary Duties: A tutor conducts in-person or online classes in many different subjects for primary school and college students. Tutors may create lesson plans, give out work assignments and conduct quizzes and tests to see how their students are progressing.

Requirements: Teaching experience, knowledge of the subjects, ability to explain complex concepts and strong interpersonal skills

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