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The Best Weekend Jobs

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People can turn their interests and hobbies into a job that they can do on the weekends. The best weekend jobs include bartending, photography and mystery shopping. These part-time weekend jobs offer people a flexible way to earn a good amount of money and have fun at the same time.

Bartending

Qualified bartenders are hired by restaurants and bars. They work in a fast-paced environment taking drink orders from waiters and customers and use a variety of tools to prepare drinks. They are responsible for keeping the bar area well-stocked and clean.

Bartending schools teach students how to prepare drinks. However, attending school is not necessary to qualify for a job. Most bartenders learn their skills by working as waiters or assisting experienced bartenders.

Bartenders are paid by the hour, but make most of their money from tips. Pay ranges from $20 to $50 an hour depending on how busy the restaurant or bar is.

Event Photographer

Event photographers use their skills to photograph events such as weddings and birthday parties. They capture the most memorable moments and take pictures of the guests. These photographers are self-employed and find work by advertising their services. Most use digital camera equipment and software to process photos. They may also offer additional services to clients by putting together an album or a photo CD for them.

Event photographers determine their fees and can sometimes charge more than $500 per event. Wedding photographers can make a lot of money by charging more than $1,000 for wedding packages that include the cost of a wedding album and a photo CD.

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Mystery Shopper

Mystery shoppers are hired by market research companies that provide mystery shoppers for businesses. They are hired as independent contractors to pose as customers at restaurants and stores in order to evaluate the service and location. They follow written instructions and visit businesses to return items, ask questions or buy products and services. After their visit, they complete a report to answer questions about their experience

Mystery shoppers can make $10 or more depending on the assignment. Some are also reimbursed for their purchases or the cost of their meal. They may also receive free meals, products or services.

Considerations

Being a bartender comes with a lot responsibility. Bartenders must be careful not to serve minors or customers who are drunk. Most states also require bartenders to have a bartending license and to be at least 21 years old to serve liquor.

Event photographers use a lot of expensive equipment to take quality pictures. They need to invest in or rent a high quality camera, lenses and other accessories.

Market research companies do not reimburse mystery shoppers for mileage, so many of them are limited to taking assignments that are in their area.

Warning

Mystery shoppers should be aware that there are several mystery shopping scams including companies that charge a fee for access to jobs or require shoppers to cash fake checks. Mystery shoppers need to research each company and should avoid paying any fees.

About the Author

Victoria Robles graduated from Kaplan University with a degree in Paralegal Studies in 2007. She also earned her associate degree in business from Champlain College in 2002. Robles is a former job coach with three years of experience in editing real estate marketing materials and writing resumes for job seekers at her local workforce center.

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