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Does anyone have ideas for an interesting part time job? I'm starting to get severe cabin fever working from home (self-employed) and feel like I need some kind of interaction outside the home with others.

As long as I'm not being taken advantage of, I'm not too concerned with pay rates. I've been applying for part time library jobs but no luck so far.
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I was in your same position last year, so I started to work at Target part time. I really like how busy it got and it was nice to see how a huge store worked. My goal was to work there only during the holiday season, so I stopped a few weeks ago. You get to interact with people, get loads of exercise, and you don’t have to “think” about work when your shift is over. I might go back to Target when I get that cabin fever feeling again.
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This thread is now in the Personal Consumer Issues forum (how you spend your money and your time).

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keyfort wrote: Sun Jan 23, 2022 4:13 pm Does anyone have ideas for an interesting part time job? I'm starting to get severe cabin fever working from home (self-employed) and feel like I need some kind of interaction outside the home with others.

As long as I'm not being taken advantage of, I'm not too concerned with pay rates. I've been applying for part time library jobs but no luck so far.
No idea what you might consider "interesting", nor what you are qualified to do.
In the town where I live, pretty much every employer is looking for help - from the local hospital to the sandwich shop.
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I teach tai chi 3 hours per week at a local college. The pay is terrible, considering the amount of skill required to qualify for the job, but I’m not doing it for money. I didn’t actually know that it paid anything at all when I agreed to do it.

Anyway, to my actual point. It’s much easier to get interesting volunteer jobs than interesting part time jobs that pay. If you’re looking for socialization more than money, you might consider that. We currently usher for the symphony. We’ve also assisted in dog training classes, mentored middle school kids, and let people up eight flights of steps to look at a view. They were all interesting and had a lot of interaction with people.
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If you don't object to kids how about being a crossing guard near an school? Depends on your local area whether they are used.
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keyfort wrote: Sun Jan 23, 2022 4:13 pm Does anyone have ideas for an interesting part time job? I'm starting to get severe cabin fever working from home (self-employed) and feel like I need some kind of interaction outside the home with others.

As long as I'm not being taken advantage of, I'm not too concerned with pay rates. I've been applying for part time library jobs but no luck so far.
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I have a friend who was a successful finance professional who really enjoyed pushing shopping carts. God as my witness!
I have always thought I would love teaching HS, but failed miserably at it twice.
I think this is an empirical question you have to answer for yourself. N=1.

All I can suggest is try things and don't be afraid to fail fast. If it's not working, move on to the next experiment.
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keyfort wrote: Sun Jan 23, 2022 4:13 pm Does anyone have ideas for an interesting part time job? I'm starting to get severe cabin fever working from home (self-employed) and feel like I need some kind of interaction outside the home with others.

As long as I'm not being taken advantage of, I'm not too concerned with pay rates. I've been applying for part time library jobs but no luck so far.
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School or city bus driver jobs come with union benefits.
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It seems that school bus driver is quite popular: https://www.mukilteoschools.org/Page/14983
Also, regular bus driver - you usually start part time by union rule and can decline any promotion offered if you want.
Substitute teaching (you either like it or you don't).
Uber/Lyft driving, to get the interaction.
Although a little late now, tax preparation. H&R Block will have the tax course around fall of the year and they regularly hire from that group. You could get a receptionist job now but they won't prepare returns. The other big firms also provide this service as well. There is some selling of the refund anticipation product but legal changes have reduced the amount that they push this.
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The Red Cross desperately needs volunteers for working at the pop-up blood drives. I donated today and am thinking of setting up more blood drive locations for them. Their website lets people sign-up online. But set-ups, take-downs, and greeters are common jobs. Some areas also need drivers to transport the blood.

They also do year-round training if you want to work at a shelter after a natural disaster or out in the field distributing food. About 90% of the work is done by volunteers but they also need 10% of paid staff to keep the volunteers trained and assigned to jobs that fit the volunteers. Everyone who volunteers there is interesting as each person has different experiences and abilities.

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I also recommend the Red Cross for interactions outside the home.

My Mom was a Red Cross volunteer for more years than I can remember. She has absolutely no medical training and helped out with the blood drives. In addition to handling the snacks and minor administrative duties, she was the person you could talk to while you were there.

She very much enjoyed the social interactions with the other volunteer workers and the donors. The Red Cross appreciated her efforts. When she was no longer able to volunteer, the organization gave her a very nice certificate signed by the other volunteers.
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My favorite job was washing dishes in a restaurant. I loved it. The people I worked with in the kitchen are a lot of fun. I also know people who work at garden centers during the spring/summer taking care of plants, etc.
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Get a nice used van with a roof rack for ladders. Cargo van, sprinter size is good.

Magnetic sign on the side.

"Joe's Handyman Service".
"Rent a Husband".
"We Do HoneyDoos" (when honey won't).
"Fixit Now:Call Now". or other business name.
or specialize. . .
"Screens R Us"
"Get Unplugged Now"

You will be very busy in a short time. Earn side $$$$.
If prices and service is great, it will grow.

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You could consider volunteer fire/ems in your area. There always is a need, you interact with a ton of people and I find it fulfilling.
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Work at one your local shooting ranges or gun store.
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I'm working at the rental counter for the local ski hill. My coworkers are a nice mix of high schoolers on up to retirees. Plenty of social interaction with the customers. The job includes a free pass and I can use the rental equipment - great to pop over for a couple hours of skiing when the weather is good. It also includes discount passes so I'm introducing the grandkids to skiing. So far, so good!
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I removed a contentious post and reply regarding school crossing guards. As a reminder, see: General Etiquette
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Not a part time job...but I work at home in sales and havent been on a sales call, other than phone calls, in two months.

Solution...I go to the Y nearly daily for a workout and instead of heading home after the workout, I go to sauna then to the locker room. Not so many conversations while working out...everyone listens to their phones, but the sauna and locker rooms offers considerable discussions.

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Healthcare or retail are hiring.. understatement of the century. Libraries are pretty competitive in that people Want to work there and tend not to leave. I wish that were true at the hospital :oops:

I worked over the holidays at a big sporting goods store one year and it was a surprisingly fun place with good co workers.
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As mentioned earlier, working at a winery is an option for some. I retired in late 2019 and after a few months off, started working at a wine tasting work room a couple days a month and also mornings Monday-Friday during the harvest/winemaking season. That job lasts about six weeks in late summer to early fall, and consists taking various measurements of the juice as it ferments. Not a very physical job, either. Fringe benefits aren’t too bad!
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Golf course starter or the person who drives around (caged vehicle) to gather balls from the driving range.

Barista at your local Starbucks or competitor. See repeat customers. Menu is limited so its not difficult to master all the skills.

Counter person at local UPS Store. Some stores may require you to become a notary public within 3 months.
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123 wrote: Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:53 pm Golf course starter or the person who drives around (caged vehicle) to gather balls from the driving range.
When I went to my 40th high school reunion, one of the events was a round of golf. The starter at the golf course was our 8th grade history teacher! He actually looked about the same! At least I recognized him, which was more than I could say for some of the members of my class. Everyone called him "Satch".
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Sorry to bump this thread. Just wanted to say thank you all for the replies and plenty of good ideas for me to try out here.
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